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Welcome to another installment of my observations of the BC Eagles football team this past weekend.
RBs Montel Harris and Josh Haden combined for twenty-seven carries and ninety-eight yards. The offensive line never got a push of the line of scrimmage even though RT Rich Lapham came back from a neck injury that kept him out of the Northeastern game. I understand that Kent State DTs Aaron Hull and Sam Frist are some of the better MAC players, but this is unacceptable for one of the better offensive lines in the ACC. If Boston College has any chance against an impressive Clemson team, it needs the running game to set up the passing game in a hostile Death Valley.
Shinskie throws more accurately, but Tuggle makes better decisions, has more mobility, and has a better pocket sense. Although Tuggle has a penchant for letting it fly downfield, Shinskie rushes throws when no one is around him and is erratic at best when throwing outside the pocket. Shinskie may be showing some rust after his hiatus from football due to a minor league baseball stint.
An impressive performance by the punter and kickoff specialist Quigley gave Boston College terrific field position throughout the entire game. His leg is deadly accurate within the twenty yard line while keeping a nice 44.5 yard average per punt. Quigley also showed surprising power on his kickoffs, something I knocked him for last week. With improved special teams and a more than solid defense, Coach Frank Spaziani may try to implement a form of Beamer Ball, field position and no turnovers, for the Clemson game.
Harris, a north-south runner, hits the hole hard off the line of scrimmage and never stops moving his legs. Haden, on the other hand, loves dancing around in the backfield and seems to anticipate contact when he gets to the second level. Harris averages 5.3 yards a carry while Haden averages 3.9 and I’d love to see the discrepancy on the yards after contact. Anyone who finds that stat gets a major shout out next column.
These two join LB Luke Kuechly and WR Colin Larmond. Scafe wreaked havoc on Eugene Jarvis and the Kent State offensive line all day just like he did the week before on Northeastern. The junior tackle looks to follow in the footsteps of fellow B.C. tackles B.J. Raji and Ron Brace. Finch also has impressed, although a lot of his carries have been during garbage time. The true freshman still has shown nice power running between the tackles and looks like a keeper. I wouldn’t mind seeing more Finch, who was Mr. Football in Kentucky, in third and short type situations.