What can I say here? Justin Tuggle leaving doesn't hurt the program, well, unless (Uncle) Dave Shinskie throws out his arm. That's right, he's throwing heat on every pass no matter if its a quick slant, a 5 yard out, or in the flat (oh wait he can't make that throw or chooses not to). In all seriousness, with Chase Rettig coming in, and New Jersey Mike around, Tuggle wasn't going to see the field for the offense ever again.
The main focus here should be on losing Josh Haden, a prized recruit when he came in, but a kid plagued with injuries and playing in the shadow of the freshman phenom Montel harris last year. Harris exceeded expectations last year and I believe the coaching staff this year are wearing their Ninja colored glasses. Haden is a different player from Harris, and you can see that with his ability to get decent runs with limited touches. I thought (when healthy) he was a great complement to harris. This year i think Harris has been run into the ground, especially when he has proven to be completely ineffective. Our 3 losses to Clemson, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame, Harris had 13, 43, and 38 yards respectively.
There were plenty of things we could have done different here, but we chose to stick with Harris even with him being struggling against top talent. In fact, Harris has yet to put together back to back games of 80+ yards this season. Now whether Haden could have solved the BC running problem in some circumstances that's a question we'll never know. (I am starting to doubt whether all his injuries kept him out of the lineup or was it the coaching staff).
Harris was always going to carry the load, as he should, but our dedication to get him 20+ carries and limit the carries of Haden/Finch may prove to be the downfall of our team in the future. IF Harris goes down injured, we are left with Finch (promising) and the man made of glass, Jeff Smith. I'm not optimistic. I hate to see Haden go, and I guarantee a big time team will scoop him up shortly.