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“Seeking: student at Boston College, quarterback experience not necessary. If interested, please see Head Coach Frank Spaziani for your uniform.” That may as well be BC’s next move to settle the most prominent position on the gridiron in the wake of the latest unstable turn for the program, Dominique Davis’ transfer out of the school. The university helped him make the decision with an academic suspension, but it costs the Eagles their only experienced quarterback.
The program had been steady, though not spectacular under Tom O’Brien’s tenure, which ended in 2006. New Head Coach Jeff Jagodzinski took the reigns and with senior QB Matt Ryan, and together they led the Eagles to their first ACC Championship game appearance. Ryan exhausted his eligibility and went to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons following the season, leaving the signal calling to very green senior Chris Crane. Crane has a lackluster start to 2008, but became a steady option as the Eagles got on a roll until he broke his collarbone.
The QB duties then fell to Davis, who was erratic, but managed to help BC make its second consecutive trip to the conference title game, where it fell to Virginia Tech again. This past season also marked the end to BC’s eight game bowl winning streak when they fell to Vanderbilt in the Music City Bowl. Davis finished the season with 741 yards on 63-138 (45.7%) passing with six scores and four picks. BC’s Athletic Director then fired Jagodzinski for what he saw as a failure to commit to the program and elevated Defensive Coordinator Spaziani to the Head Coach spot, which put at least a temporary scramble on recruiting.
The roster is now void of anyone with college quarterbacking position experience though Spaziani had not anointed Davis the starter and held a competition for the job. Davis was still listed as #1 due primarily to lackluster performances by Codi Boek and Justin Tuggle. Boek worked on special teams last year and was last under center two seasons ago at American River Junior College in California, while Tuggle was given the redshirt last season. Alexander Atiyeh also redshirted last year and Michael Marscovetra is a true freshman who will not be on the practice field until later this summer. Joe Boisture, a commit from Michigan, seems to be the intended quarterback of the future, but BC will have to get through at least one transitional year to get to him.
Add this to the mountain of issues piling up for the new coach and one might wonder whether he is reconsidering. Key contributers on both sides of the ball graduated, defensive leader Mark Herzlich returned to school, but is now facing a cancer battle which could cost him the season and possibly his career, and now this. I did not have high expectations for the program entering this season and this does not help.