Boston College's offense was clicking on all cylinders last night, but yet again they received bad news as running back Deuce Finch had to leave the game due to an undisclosed foot injury. The extent of Finch's injury was unknown, and Spaziani kept him on the sidelines to finish the scrimmage.
FInch hurt himself during the scrimmage, and Spaz says the team can not diagnose how long he will miss time until the MRI is done tomorrow. After the injury to Finch, Andre Williams received a majority of the touches for the running game. Williams struggled running the ball seven times for 18 yards. Tahj Kimble did not play due to soreness to a previous injury. With the injury to Finch, the Eagles are down to three healthy running backs, which is scary going into the regular season.
But what is the deal with these foot injuries? Finch is the third foot injury in less than a week, joining Al Louis-Jean and Chris Pantale. Is this a turf issue? BC has just changed the turf to Astroturf, could that be the problem? Or is it a strength and conditioning issue? Maybe an equipment problem? Whatever the issue, these foot injuries better stop soon because BC can not afford to lose starters at this rate.
In terms of running back depth, it might be time to get nervous. Kimble has yet to play due to his own lingering injury. If Finch has to miss significant time, the Eagles are down to Andre Williams and freshman George Craan as running backs. It might be too late in the game, but if Spaz can find a junior college kid, or someone else that could fit our system, he might want to use one of those extra scholarships he has been hoarding.
In actual scrimmage news quarterback Chase Rettig looked sharp completing 14 of 21 for 259 yards and one touchdown a 72 yard pass to Colin Larmond Jr. The offense was clicking as Rettig also hit passes of 30 and 35 yards to Alex Amidon, while hitting a 26 yard pass to Jonathan Coleman. Josh Bordner also got some playing time going 10 for 17, including an interception by Ameer Richardson. Guard Dave Bowen is taking snaps at tight end, but his scrimmage was cut short when Josh Keyes laid him out over the middle.
The defense made some plays, including a sack by Bryan Murray, Dillon Quinn, Mehdi Abdesmad and Kevin Pierre-Louis. Sean Duggan forced one fumble as well. True freshman Bryce Jones got to play with the first team, but Rettig specifically picked on him, starting the game with a 20 yard pass to Amidon when Jones slipped at the line of scrimmage.