Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Fresh faces on Depth Chart
-- Andy Gallik as back up Center. A very important spot for an untested true freshman. My hunch is that if anything happens to Richman, you would see Claiborne move over first before they officially burned Gallik's redshirt or threw him in against ACC level talent. Regardless of if he plays this season, it speaks well to Gallik's future.
-- Sterlin Phifer as Harris' backup. After all the kudos piled on the true freshman running backs, I wondered if Phifer would get lost in the shuffle. It looks as though he has earned a few carries a game.
-- Jaryd Rudolph at second team DT. We knew we were thin at DT, but I didn't expect Rudolph to get used early. We will see if he gets many snaps.
-- Kevin Pierre-Louis and Steele Divitto. If there is any area where we can be conservative redshirting it would be LB. Yet here these two are on the depth chart. Maybe we have two more players in the Kuechly mode!
This year's BC football team is a media dream
1. Mark Herzlich's return from cancer. This is already a huge and worthy story. It will only get bigger Saturday. Depending on how he plays, this might become one of the biggest national stories of the college football year.
2. Anthony Castonzo's Rhode Scholarship candidacy. Think of how big the Myron Rolle story was. Now add in the factor that Castonzo is better football player than Rolle ever was. This is a top ten pick, who just happens to be a bio-chem major, who wants to be a doctor.
3. Dave Shinskie -- former baseball player. This is not a new story but now Shinskie is the full time starter and hopefully a more complete player. If he plays well, his baseball background will get mentioned ad nauseam.
4. Frank Spaziani -- underrated, old school coach. Spaz is hardly a great quote or a media darling. But if he puts together another winning season and brings BC back to the ACC Championship game, the media will start to credit him for all of BC's success over the past ten years. It doesn't hurt that in a cookie cutter profession, Spaz also looks a little different and talks a little different from most DIA coaches.
5. Billy Flute -- the legacy realized. Although Flutie has played four years, this will be the first season where he starts and is a significant playmaker. Each shot of Billy will probably be followed by a shot of Doug in the stands.
These are just the predictable plots. Other players will surely emerge and provide more media fodder. Let's just hope it all has a happy ending.
Monday, August 30, 2010
More Herzy media and other links
I waited on writing my position preview for the defensive line waiting on what would happen with Momah. Little did I know that Ramsey and Quinn would be bigger issues.
For those of you who have Comcast in New England, you'll get the chance to rewatch the BC games throughout the season.
You can read more about future Eagle Manuel Asprilla on Eagle Insider.
Bowl predictions are rolling out and SI thinks we are headed back to Nashville.
Weber State is not intimidated by playing an FBS school.
A few ESPN folks are picking us to win the division. HD doesn't.
Here are the first ACC Power Rankings of the season.
Antonio Garay is trying to stick on the Chargers' roster.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Schedule for kickoff week
Over the next few days I will finish up posting the position previews on Eagle Insider. BC Mike and Wesley will also have their Keys to the Game at Eagle Insider. I will have a new piece on Eagle Insider on Friday called: Friday Focus. On Gameday Dan Silver will be hosting a live chat from the press box on Eagle Insider.
Over here on Eagle in Atlanta, I will be posting the normal links and what not. I will also be posting my three different versions of how I think the season will play out. Thursday will still be the day for the game preview.
Saturday there will be a comments blog post here (I am too superstitious not to have one). But I encourage most of you to try out the Eagle Insider boards on game day. I will and the other members of the BC blogosphere will also be on Twitter most of the game.
As always I appreciate your continued support as I try to juggle this all and the real world. Wish me luck and "Let's go Eagles!"
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Update: Herzlich practiced
Florian ready for big night and other links
Esquire calls Herzy the Lance Armstrong of college football.
Rivals thinks Donahue was a great hire for BC.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Why was BC so evasive on Dillon Quinn's suspension?
When he was missing from the spring depth chart, people took it as confirmation that Quinn was in trouble. At the time, I asked BC about it and never received an on the record confirmation or rebuttal. Now, with the season a week away, BC finally announced that Quinn has been suspended for three games due to a violation of team rules.
You will never get an on the record confirmation of what Quinn did. BC -- and most colleges -- are very sensitive to student privacy. But process of elimination tells you what it isn't. Pot usually gets one game. Academics means you miss the whole semester. Minor NCAA infractions (like Rice's illegal summer league games) usually call for a one game suspension. Sitting out three is unique for BC. And the rumors have all been related to PEDs. But unless Quinn talks, we will never know for sure.
I am not going to scold Quinn. I am disappointed, but not naive enough to think he is the first or last BC athlete to use PEDs allegedly. (Bill Romonoski has been a PED poster boy and the recently departed Harold Connolly was a pioneer in PEDs.)
So I once again return to my initial question: why was BC so evasive? They could have announced the suspension months ago and made it less of a story. Now it will be a focus for the next few weeks.
As for what it means on the field...it hurts. Quinn has reportedly played well this summer and we are thin up front. We should be fine against Weber State and Kent State. Virginia Tech obviously would have been a challenge with him. It will be that much harder without.
This will hopefully be a minor bump in Dillon's career. I hope that by waiting until the last minute, BC didn't make this a bigger deal than it needed to be. Regardless of how he got here, let's hope Dillon puts this all behind him and becomes a better player and person.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Marketing gimmicks can't save BC's attendance issues
Despite Groupon and giving away multiple tickets to season ticket holders, it is very unlikely that BC will sell out the Weber State game or Kent State game. This isn't very surprising but given that Weber State will be Herzlich's return, it is very disappointing. More disappointing is that we have Notre Dame, Clemson and Virginia Tech on the home schedule this year. In the past, demand for those games would be enough to lift sales for the entire season.
The soft ticket sales are not all BC or its fans fault. There remains a softness nationwide due to the economy. You can even get Red Sox tickets at face value, which was unheard of five years ago. I also think game fatigue has set in too. BC used to play five or six home games a year. The diehards love the idea of an extra game and an extra tailgate. But for the casual fans, it doesn't mean much.
Despite all the built in excuses for the empty seats, there are two obvious mistakes that BC should avoid going forward.
1. Never schedule a home game Labor Day weekend. As long as BC starts classes after Labor Day, having a home game is a mistake. Students are drifting in and the campus and school are not in their regular routines. Plus it is the last weekend of the summer for many fans. They don't want to be sitting in Alumni watching a cupcake game. They want to be at the beach. Add in Boston's PGA event and you have a drag on demand. I know BC doesn't want to start the season on the road every year, but the trade off is a buzz-killing home opener.
2. Always put the FCS game on Parent's Weekend. This used to be one of BC's smartest moves. They would squeeze in a cupcake game on a weekend where you have 10,000+ extra ticket buyers. However, they've gotten away from it the past few years as they had to reshuffle schedules due to coaching changes and Hofstra dropping football. That resulted in Virginia Tech being a home game this year (and likely a night game). A VT night game would be a major draw anytime. It is a wasted opportunity. Plus I think most parents would rather have a day game and go out to dinner with their kids on Saturday night.
I didn't even touch on donor-based seating, or tailgating or style of play. Those remain issues where BC has less flexibility. What they can control is marketing and scheduling and right now they are making obvious mistakes and in turn creating a lot of empty seats.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Last scrimmage and other links
The other news -- first reported by WZBC -- was that Herzy might practice this weekend. If he is on the field this Saturday, he will likely play in the home opener.
Gene gave Christopher Iacoi and David Ayer internal promotions.
HD is now on the BC under the radar bandwagon. She is wrong though about an undefeated BC team getting left out of the National Championship. The Harris and coaches poll voters would be enough to over come any sort of computer poll issue. The only way we don't get in is if there are multiple undefeated teams.
Future Eagle Christian Suntrup is considered one of the top pro-style passers in the country.
NJ WR Anthony Gaffney loves BC. It sounds like he would commit if offered.
Castonzo is a nominee for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
Cherilus is fighting to hold onto his starting position in Detroit.
Weber State is ready for the opener and doesn't seem bothered by all the hype surrounding BC's opener and Herzy's return.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
A recruiting Q&A and position preview
I posted the latest WR position preview. As you probably guessed, I think we will fill the void left by Larmond.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Some respect and stats
Brian is actually using some stats and history to conclude that BC is one of the least respected teams in AP polling history. I think the AP situation is easy to explain -- not enough voters in the New England. Even those in New England who have a vote don't take BC seriously.
Rumored now official: Larmond out for the year
Supposedly there are some ligament issues, but no one has confirmed if it is MCL or ACL. The second opinion I keep hearing about is probably less about if he needs surgery and more about when he will have it and who will perform it. (Players often like to have a home town doctor do the work.) This is such a tough break for a talented and reportedly good kid. You would have to assume he redshirts and rehabs the leg for the next 12 months.
Since the news broke, I've been coming around to what it means for the team. It is certainly a loss, but not a crushing blow. He is a talent -- no doubt -- but even our inexperienced and depleted WR group is still more talented than many of the groups we had in the TOB days. Plus we have a good group of Tight Ends. Injuries happen, but we should be okay.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Larmond 'done' and other links
As for what actually happened at the scrimmage, Adam Rose was at it again with his coverage at WZBC. The Heights and BCeagles.com both had coverage too. The consensus seems to be the QBs and kicking both look solid. Because Marscovetra has played well, I expect he will get multiple series in the Weber State and Kent State games. Beyond that will depend on how he and Shinskie are playing.
Because he is not practicing, Herzy's return for Weber State is also looking less likely. I still have a gut feeling he'll be on the field. I don't think any rust or problems with the game plan will be an issue. Plus, if Spaz sits a healthy Herzy because he didn't practice enough, he would be on a national "hot seat." I say keep the faith.
Here is Scout.com's first interview with new commit Graham Stewart.
Colin Thompson raved about his visit to BC.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
No respect part 2 (the AP poll)
Friday, August 20, 2010
Big tie for women's soccer and other links
Football Outsiders is digging deeper into college football analytics and like our chances in 2010.
CT linebacker Graham Stewart is the latest addition to the recruiting class. On his Scout.com page you can see his junior year highlights.
Oline recruit Pat Flavin had a good time at Cal yet still has very good things to say about BC. It doesn't sound like he is any closer to a decision.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Cool poster and other links
BC will be one of the first schools to use Under Armour's new basketball shoes.
Thursday was photo day which meant no practices. On this bceagles.com link you can see the photo gallery of their session.
Ryan Purvis is fighting for a roster spot in Tampa Bay.
BJ Raji is ready to become a full-time player for the Packers.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Scrimmage notes and other links
Former Eagle Stephen Boyd was honored by his hometown.
Here is a nice feature on Herzy from this past weekend on Philly.com. The Herald News thinks Herzy is the key to the season.
The BC Women's Soccer team is entering the season as one of the top teams in the country.
BC continues to get the jump on recruiting future QBs.
Xaverian star Joe Colton has an offer from Duke but would like to go to BC.
Eagle in Atlanta Ballot - Week 1
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Position preview: quarterbacks
Monday, August 16, 2010
National Champions? and other links
Here is Part II of BC Draft's interview with Weber State's coach.
Tough break for Jamie Silva. Let's hope he makes a full comeback next year.
Virginia Tech fans respect our team.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
BCD's interview and other links
The New York Times wonders if our easy schedule would diminish a 10-win season. That would be a nice problem to have.
Ron Brace passed his physical and is finally practicing with the Pats.
Billy Flutie wants to take Gene D's job one day (I am fighting every urge I have from making a joke).
Finally, I didn't want to highlight this nonsense since Bob Hohler's BC work is always about grabbing attention, it is hard not to say something. I don't begrudge anyone's salaries. Life is clearly not fair and very few things are a true meritocracy. But at the same time market forces work pretty well and correct imbalances. College athletics is a demanding, high profile profession. These jobs have a certain value in the market place. BC pays what is has to in order to stay relevant. Having successful coaches has been a blessing for the school. If fans think Gene is paid too much or paid Skinner and Jags too much, they can make their opinions known by not giving. There is really not much news in any of this, but that never really stops Hohler.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Scrimmage, media day and more
Friday was Media Day. This year there was obviously added interest because of the Herzlich storyline, but the event is usually a low key affair. What I find interesting are the little details, like this notebook that talks about how Harris' backups are developing. The mix of players is always a bit telling too as they put the seniors and they guys the coaches have high expectations for at the tables.
ESPNBoston was at media day too and filed this article on Castonzo. Let's hope they have consistent and meaningful BC coverage this year.
Captain Alex Albright was pretty candid at Media Day talking about Herzlich.
WZBC has stepped up their coverage of Media Day too.
Shinskie's comfort level remains an ongoing theme within the media. Yet HD still remains somewhat skeptical.
The Hockey team will be honored at the White House.
Although he sounds like he wants to stay out west, BC is recruiting Chase Rettig's younger brother.
Rivals thinks we have one of the better Olines in the country.
Here is the Montel Harris video from the most recent episode of Saturday's in the South.
Friday, August 13, 2010
What to make of Herzy's foot injury
I am really not worried about any of this. There are a few ways this could play out.
1. It is a minor fracture and will heal before Weber State.
2. It is a minor fracture that will take longer to heal but still in time to take on Virginia Tech.
3. It never really heals and Mark plays through it all season while resting during the week.
Regardless, Mark will play this season.
If this injury is nagging and Mark never reaches his full potential, it will be sad and frustrating but not a reason to doubt this team's upside. We are deep at LB and can shuffle the depth chart if Mark is limited. Also remember that Matt Ryan played most of 2006 on a broken foot. Now the demands and mobility of a QB ad LB are entirely different, but Matt showed that once the adrenaline gets pumping you can play through the pain.
I feel for Mark, but don't blame BC for dragging their feet. If this leads to a 100% healthy Herzy then it will all be worth it. We obviously know that Mark is tough and a survivor. He showed great faith and intelligence during this whole process. Now let's hope that the patience pays off.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Heights Twitter with the scoop and other links
It is nice to keep reading about Shinskie's maturity and comfort with football. I'll have more on Shinskie's adjustment in my QB preview due this weekend.
Brad Newman's time at the Heights has flown by. Think of it this way, Newman along with Castonzo and Gause were some last minute recruits pulled together by Jags' transition team in 2007. All played as true freshman and all are set to play their final season.
Like the NFL.com, I was at the Falcons Camp today. Like the NFL.com, I think Matt will have a break out, get to the next level, type of season. Now I wasn't there to see practice, but the vibe in the building is that they and Matt are ready.
Finally, congrats to BCI for making the Twitter 200. (Yet another reason to get on twitter.)
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Who has the best Oline? and other links
BC lost out on Ohio Lineman Chase Hounshell. BC target Darius Jennings seems set on visiting a lot of targets. Jack Tabb is still looking at BC but talking up other schools.
One of Montel's fans in Jacksonville asked SI why Harris doesn't get more publicity.
With the Saints in town to take on the Patriots, JoLonn Dunbar and Matt Tennant were able to stop by practice. Herzlich still could not practice.
Bookmark this link for College Football Sports References. It has deep links for player and teams.
Even among ESPN's rankings, we are in the "others" category.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
New captains, Herzy news and other links
[Pushy Eagle Insider links coming ahead!] In addition to getting content from me and others, the cool thing about becoming a member at Eagle Insider is that you get recruiting scoop from across the network. For example BC is already targeting 2012 QBs and 2013(!?) QBs. The 2013 kid isn't even a the fulltime starter at his high school but already has an offer from BC. That's got to be a good feeling.
Here is one of the better previews on the team.
This analytical look at the ACC predicts that BC will finish fourth in the division. HD has us 7th overall.
As expected Josh Haden will be joining his younger brother at Florida. No idea if a good tattoo artist will be able to make the BC logo look like the Gator logo.
BC just offered Massachusetts athlete Manny Asprilla.
The BC Draft guys go through their wish list.
Herzy's foot and other links
In cooler news, BCeagles.com's photo gallery gives us our first glimpse of the new Under Armour practice jerseys.
Assuming he stays healthy Montel Harris could pass Derrick Knight on the all-time rushing list this season.
In his notes section Blaudschun mentions Momah playing both ways.
BC was one of the first to offer Worcester WR Canaan Severin.
This is what HD is following at our camp.
Caudill commits to BC
Monday, August 09, 2010
Ramsey, Facebook and Defensive Line
Although Ramsey's status just recently hit the main stream news, it no surprise to those who follow BC on message boards, social networks and in blogs. For months now Ramsey has publicly expressed his desire to leave BC on Facebook. I got tipped off to it a few times, but never reported it due to the grey area that is Facebook. I am not Ramsey's friend on FB. He made his proclamations to his "friends." Not the media. Not the coaches. In a respect for his privacy I never said a word. But he, and others, should know that when you write something on Facebook, the whole world can see.
Finally, what does this mean for our defensive line. Looking at the fresh, new depth chart, we should be fine. We have plenty of big, raw bodies to clog the middle. Neither of the young guys are Brace or Raji, but Ramsey wasn't either. If Scafe comes back and one of the other guys steps up, I don't think Ramsey will be missed at all. He always showed good upside, but to be effective, you have to want to play for BC too.
Today is the day
Sunday, August 08, 2010
Problems at DLine and other links
The Giants are trying Kiwi at LB.
This is Rivals look at the ACC.
Here is an NFL scouting report on Anthony Castonzo.
Chris O'Donnell is coming back to BC for the Notre Dame game.
Saturday, August 07, 2010
BC gets a future kicker and other links
Despite missing spring ball, former Eagle Dominique Davis is expected to start at QB for East Carolina this season.
BC is already interested in 2012 recruit Colin Thompson.
Friday, August 06, 2010
No respect in Coaches' poll and other links
Mike McLaughlin continues to make a name for himself in Baltimore. Maybe this fullback/special teamer idea will work out.
The BC Draft crew took some time to look at non-starters who will make an impact this year.
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Freshman ready and other links
HD expects Kevin Pierre-Louis to make a big impact this year.
ACC Sports posted their Q&A with Anthony Castonzo.
BC target Chase Hounshell really enjoyed his visit to Florida.
People wonder why Dan Henning had trouble at the Heights...well this article on former DC Jim Reid gives some insight into how things worked.
Former Eagle Ron Brace's days in New England might numbered. Very strange that he's struggled to this extent and now can't pass a conditioning test.
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Crawley's extension and other links
After a year covering the BC hockey team, BC alum Tom Grace is going back to Pittsburgh to be the voice of the Penguins again. You have to admire a guy who follows his dream.
Former Eagle Mark Nori is getting his first head coaching job at a high school in Ohio.
The notes section of this article mentions Chase Hounshell interest in BC.
Baseball assistant Steve Englert is staying on at BC under his former colleague Mike Gambino.
Position preview on Eagle Insider
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Growing Power Lawrence Academy and other links
For those who missed it, NBC hired BC guy Mike Mayock to join their Notre Dame broadcasts. This is a great article on how it came together.
Here is the latest BC Draft special now in their new home.
CFN expects big things from Dillon Quinn and Johnathan Coleman
Jay Kenney is another late bloomer hoping to score a BC scholarship offer.
The football team visited Camp Harbor View. I am glad they continue to do these things. One afternoon can make a big difference.
Tony Thurman will be BC's honoree at the ACC legends event this year. I understand why they do it, but I still think it is silly that BC players who never set foot in teh ACC are now conference legends.
Herzy was on a North Carolina radio show and you can listen to it here.
Monday, August 02, 2010
Max Ricci talks to Eagle Insider
As for Ricci, he seems like a very thoughtful and well adjusted kid. I was impressed with what he had to say and hope that other schools don't try to poach him.
Sunday, August 01, 2010
New position preview and other links
Scout also has new on potential BC target Dexter Bridge.
Shinskie is an afterthought in this article on ACC QBs.