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Boston College Fall Practice Report: Day One

The first day of BC's fall camp is in the books. Practice is closed to the public, but we can piece together the main storylines from the various beat writers and bloggers. Day one seemed to be noteworthy more for the players that didn't report to practice rather than the ones that did.

Here is the release from BC as the Eagles finished up its first day of Fall Camp.

The Boston College football team opened its fall camp on Monday, August 9 amid 92-degree heat on Shea Field. The preparation has officially begun for the 2010 season which opens on September 4 against Weber State.

The offense, defense and quarterbacks donned the same colors as usual but looked a bit different. Today's practice was the first wearing Under Armour. The tops were maroon (defense), white (offense) or green (quarterbacks) with tubing outlining the shoulders and down the sides. Everyone had gold shorts with a maroon accent.

Senior LB Mark Herzlich, set to return to practice today after missing all of last season while battling cancer, was held from practice today with a foot injury. Herzlich's right foot was X-rayed this morning and he is listed as day-to-day.

Herzlich seems pretty frustrated by it all, telling the Globe that it "doesn't get more frustrating ... Mentally preparing to come back and being ready to go was one of the goals." Hopefully this is just a minor setback and he'll take it in stride. No sense rushing back onto the practice field if the injury will continue to linger on through the rest of fall practice.

More from the release:

A few new quarterbacks entered their first preseason camp in Josh Bordner, Shane Cranmore and Chase Rettig. Bordner and Rettig have some experience under their belts already as they participated in spring ball. Sophomores Dave Shinskie, the returning starter, and Mike Marscovetra took turns alternating with the first team.

Shinskie, Marscovetra, Rettig and Bordner are familiar names to those that follow the program but ... Shane Cranmore? Who? Oh, OK. Cool. Cranmore is a pro-style quarterback who joined BC this summer as a recruited walk-on. His target schools included Stanford, UConn and a few Ivy League schools before he tore his ACL in his left knee playing summer basketball. As a result, Cranmore missed his entire senior season and decided to walk on with the Eagles.

Missing from the release was word the Eagles opened camp without DTs Kaleb Ramsey and Damik Scafe. Ramsey has been somewhat publicly expressing a desire to leave the program, while Scafe is still home in Pittsburgh recovering from offseason back surgery. Depth at the defensive line tackle and end positions remains a big concern.

Finally, some changes to the depth chart we put together earlier today. On offense, Sr. Ryan Lindsey replaces Clyde Lee as a second team WR behind Colin Larmond Jr. Similarly, Johnathan Coleman replaces Shakim Phillips as the second team WR behind Billy Flutie OR Ifeanyi Momah. There must have been some truth to what Blaudschun reported early about Momah, as he's nowhere to be found on the defensive two-deep.

The only other two changes on offense are on the second team offensive line. Redshirt freshman Bryan Davis replaces Nick Halloran as the backup RG and freshman Seth Betancourt replaces Mike Goodman Jr. as the backup right tackle. 

Plenty of changes on the defensive side of the ball. Starting in the front four, the first team is Albright, Murray (with Scafe out), O'Neal and Newman. The second team defensive line includes Holloway, Mike Goodman Jr. (shifting from O-line to D-line), Quinn and Edebali. The second team linebacking corps also looks very different than it did in the spring, with Nick Clancy, Jake Sinkovec and Kevin Pierre-Louis backing up a starting three of Herzlich, Kuechly and Morrissey or Thompson.

As for the defensive backs, it looks like it will be Donnie Fletcher OR DeLeon Gause at FC, while Isaac Johnson is listed as the starting BC. 

Finally, on special teams, it looks like Ryan Quigley is the leader in the clubhouse to take on both the placekicking and punting duties. Quigley is listed ahead of K Nate Freese and backup punter Billy Flutie. DeLeon Gause will pull double duty on both kickoff and punt returns and will be backed up by senior Chris Fox.

I posted a more easy-to-read, internet friendly version of the fall depth chart as a FanPost.