It's two-a-day time! The NCAA isn't the biggest fan of two-a-days so they limit the amount of times a program can schedule two practices in one day. Monday was one of those days. Here's a position-by-position look at the Eagles in the news from Monday and Tuesday.
Receivers / Tight Ends
The team is looking to Colin Larmond Jr. to fill the shoes of Rich Gunnell as the team's go-to receiver. He had this to say about his added responsibilities.
"I'm in the driver's seat now, so I have to lead by example," Larmond, Jr. said. "When it comes to 2:30, I have to go out there and work, no matter how I feel. I have to make sure I set the bar high, so everybody else knows."
Conroy notes that while key WRs have missed time with minor hamstring injuries -- Larmond, Shakim Phillips and Alex Amidon -- the Eagles are deep at the tight end position. Pantale is #1 on the depth chart, but Lars Anderson and Jordon McMichael will also see significant playing time.
Shinskie has vowed this year to cut down on the number of interceptions and make better reads. That's probably a good goal to have considering Shinskie's 15:14 TD-to-INT ratio was only better than 3 ACC starting quarterbacks last season (Turner, Sewell, Yates).
Shinskie told ESPN Boston he's ready to be the team leader.
As his senior year unfolds, the articles about Anthony Castonzo will definitely continue to roll in. The NFL Draft Bible focused on the fact that Castonzo only allowed one sack in 650 snaps last season.
Both Herzlich and Kuechly were named to this year's Butkus Award watch list. The award is annually given to the top collegiate linebacker.
The Fall River Herald News has an article about the BC defense hinging on the return of Herzlich. Obviously Herzlich's return helps bolster the Eagles linebacking corps, but I think there's still plenty of talent in the middle with Kuechly, Morrissey and Will Thompson should Herzlich not be ready to go in the opener. Even without Herzlich, I would rank BC's linebackers as one of the top units in the ACC.
Kuechly was also profiled on BCEagles.com and talks about his relationship with Herzlich and striving to serve as a mentor for the newcomers.