Boston College Fall Practice Report: Third Scrimmage

On Sunday, the Eagles participated in their third scrimmage of fall camp. BC's scrimmage was notable more for the players that weren't on the field than the ones that made it onto the field. WZBC Sports tweeted that the following players missed Sunday's scrimmage -- Alex Albright, Max Holloway, Mark Herzlich, Damik Scafe, Alex Amidon, Billy Flutie, Shakim Phillips, Ian White, Colin Larmond Jr. and Ryan Quigley.

Here's a rundown of the storylines coming out of the Eagles' third scrimmage, which was cut short due to the weather.

 

Larmond Jr.

The big news over the weekend was the absence of Larmond Jr. during Sunday's scrimmage. The BC message boards started lighting up on Saturday with news that Larmond suffered a serious knee injury and might miss the entire season. On Sunday, Larmond was standing on the sidelines wearing a thigh-to-foot immobilizing brace on his left leg as he awaited results from an MRI taken on his knee.

Spaz told reporters on Sunday that Larmond Jr. suffered a lower leg injury as part of Saturday's practice. 

If Larmond Jr. can't make it back this year, it would be a tough blow to the Eagles receiving corps. It's particularly tough because other WRs -- including Amidon, Flutie and Phillips --have all missed time this fall with minor injuries. BC's receiving corps is one of the youngest, inexperienced units on the team.

The good news, however, is that if there's one position where you can step in and play right away, it's wide receiver. Freshman Bobby Swigert stepped up in the Eagles third scrimmage, catching a Mike Marscovetra touchdown pass and finishing with 5 catches. Sophomore Clyde Lee also caught 5 balls for a game-high 43 yards. Pantale, Phifer, Coleman and Kimble each had three catches.

Conroy's feature on Saturday focused on Billy Flutie. The Eagles will really need seniors Flutie and Ryan Lindsey to step up this year if they're going to have success in the passing game.

Quarterback

Marscovetra kept the pressure on Dave Shinskie in the fall QB position battle, finishing the third scrimmage a perfect 12-for-12. Marscovetra threw for 90 yards and a touchdown to Swigert. Shinskie finished the day 14-for-19 for 116 yards, but threw an pass that was tipped by Kasim Edebali and intercepted by SS Dominick LeGrande.

Chase Rettig went 2-of-4 for 13 yards. 

 

Offensive Line

The Herald featured Thomas Claiborne on Sunday. Great story about how a kid from Dorchester graduated from Wellesley High. Claiborne was also a late bloomer in football, getting his first start in his sophomore season and working his way up to playing on both sides of the ball -- and even tight end -- in his senior season.

 

Special Teams

Redshirt freshman kicker Nate Freese continues to impress in the Eagles scrimmages. Freese connected on a 51-yard field goal that bounced off the crossbar and went in. He also hit from 39 yards out. Through three scrimmages, Freese is now 6-for-8. His only two misses in camp -- a 46 yard attempt in the Eagles' first scrimmage and a 47 yard attempt on Sunday -- both had plenty of leg and clanged off the uprights.

Blauds article on Sunday chronicled the position battle between Quigley and Freese. Quigley has sat out of the last two scrimmages with a minor leg injury.

 

The Eagles have today off before participating in their final two-a-day session on Tuesday. BC's final scrimmage will take place on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30. Camp breaks on Thursday as the Eagles will begin preparing for the season opener against Weber State.

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