The Boston College linebacking corps took a bit of a hit on Monday, when Addazio announced that junior linebacker Tim Joy will miss the season with a knee injury.
"Tim Joy is going to miss the season (knee)" #Addazio— BC Football News (@BCFootballNews) August 25, 2014
.@BCCoachAddazio on Joy: "It’s a hit. More importantly, your heart goes out to Tim. He worked really, really hard for this season."— Jack McCluskey (@jack_mccluskey) August 25, 2014
While linebacker is one of the stronger units on the team, this is still a blow to the depth of the unit. If healthy, Joy was probably in line to see some significant playing time behind starters Josh Keyes, Steven Daniels and Sean Duggan.
The junior linebacker from nearby Chelmsford had a productive season as a true freshman, appearing in nine games and recording 13 tackles (eight solo) and 1.5 tackles for loss. But a nagging hamstring injury and some veteran depth at LB limited Joy to just six games last season and a role on the Eagles special teams unit. Joy, along with fellow linebackers Mike Strizak and Josh Keyes, had a productive spring -- registering four tackles during the spring game.
A three-star recruit out of North Chelmsford, the 6-foot-2, 215 pound outside linebacker ranked as the state's seventh best recruit in the 2012 class. Joy committed to Boston College, his only claimed offer, and was recruited by Sean Devine.
With Joy out for the season, Don Brown will probably turn to guys like sophomore Matt Milano (transitioning from DB to LB this season) or perhaps one of the true freshmen (Connor Strachan?) to take some snaps and spell the starters.