Good morning! Happy Wednesday. It's a great day to be a Boston College Eagle. To the links, starting with stories about the football team as they prep for North Carolina:
Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora could start either senior Bryn Renner, a traditional pocket passer, or scrambling sophomore Marquise Williams against the visiting Eagles (3-3). He also could use them in a rotation on a situational basis. Renner is experienced, resourceful and cool under pressure. Williams is explosive, unpredictable and a spot passer.
"The concern I have right now, and I just told this to the team today, we're going into Week 7 and we've been in some battles,'' said Addazio, noting how BC fell short against then-eighth-ranked Florida State (48-34) and at Clemson. "People have told [them], ‘You've played this team tough and you've played that team tough.' I mean, don't take any solace in that. Don't think like we're OK. We're [trying to be] 1-0.
The sight was a familiar one for two solid seasons. As the Boston College football players trotted out of their locker room and onto the Alumni Stadium field for practice, a lone figure walked among them dressed in sweatpants, a boot on one foot. Day after day Kaleb Ramsey watched, unable to participate, first with a plantar fasciitis tear as a senior in 2011, then with a torn calf as a fifth-year senior in 2012 after getting a medical redshirt the previous year.
Ramsey is the only BC athlete remaining who actually played while I was a student, so I'm clinging to that and rooting hard for him. (There are some redshirt seniors who were freshmen when I was a senior, so I guess that's the other solace for those of us in the Class of 2010.)
The men's soccer team pulled off a huge, come-from-behind win over Harvard at home on Tuesday afternoon, coming back from a 2-0 deficit with three second half goals to win 3-2. Junior Brendan Hayes scored two goals for the Eagles. They are now 6-5-2 entering the crucial final four games of the regular season. They certainly still have some work to do in order to secure their place in the NCAA tournament.
More news and notes on the solid hockey weekend:
Junior Johnny Gaudreau (men's hockey) and senior Taylor Wasylk (women's ice hockey) were named Eagles of the Week for their performances last week.
WEEI's College Blog takes a look at the weekend that was in Hockey East.
In this video on BCEagles.com, BC women's hockey coach Katie King-Crowley discusses BC's 2-1 week, after beating Yale and Dartmouth following a loss to UNH. The 4-1 Eagles now prepare for a trip to Syracuse on Friday night.
A look at BC alumni in the pros:
Tell us if Martin Brodeur should back up the younger Schneider.
Fourteen former Eagles are on current NHL rosters. See how they fared in the pros last week.
Eleven former Eagles are currently active on NFL rosters. See how they did in Week Seven action.