CHESTNUT HILL MA - SEPTEMBER 11: Bobby Swigert #86 of the Boston College Eagles is tackled by Josh Pleasant #2 of the Kent State Golden Flashes on September 11 2010 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill Massachusetts. Boston College defeated Kent State 26-13. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Boston College lost another starting offensive skill position player on Friday, with the program announcing that junior WR Bobby Swigert suffered a knee injury in the Eagles' final scrimmage of fall camp. Swigert, the Eagles' leading returning receiver, will be sidelined for several weeks.
Swigert is the second projected offensive starter ruled out for the opener against Miami, with TE Chris Pantale expected to miss several weeks with a broken foot.
For all you conspiracy theorists and AstroTurf haters out there, Mark Blaudschun is here to let you know that Swigert left Wednesday's scrimmage on a routine play. As only Mark Blaudschun can:
And let's not hear any whining about what why Swigert was playing in the scrimmage. I was at the scrimmage and when Swigert went down it looked like a routine play in the middle of practice.
Not a big deal, until he got up slowly.
You can't play scared in football either, worrying about getting hurt.
It's difficult to put a positive spin on the Eagles losing both their starting tight end and top receiver a week before the opener, but here goes: The hope is that Rettig doesn't key in on a single receiver as he was apt to do in several games last season (in particular, both Swigert and Pantale at various points throughout the year). A healthy receiver emerges with a big game a la Ifeanyi Momah's performance in last year's season opener against Northwestern. Still with BC's three RBs dinged up and Swigert and Pantale now out, the pressure will be that much greater on guys like Larmond, Jr., Coleman, Evans and Darmstatter to make up for the lost production.