The Boston College Eagles have been struggling this season, and injuries haven't helped. But at the most important position on the field, quarterback, the Eagles might have to lean on a walk-on freshman under center this week against Virginia Tech.
The team's first starting quarterback, Darius Wade, went down with a season-ending ankle injury in week four. Backup Jeff Smith is dealing with a concussion and Troy Flutie is healthy but hasn't gained control of the offense thusfar. So John Fadule, a Wellesley-native, might be seeing the field this week against ACC foe Virginia Tech. . The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder spent last year at Choate Rosemary Hall where he led the Wild Boars to an undefeated season and New England prep school title. He threw for over 2,000 yards and 36 touchdowns. Fadule started off the season as the fourth-string quarterback, where he led the scout team in practice. Now, as the freshman received first team reps, going against the starting defense as the scout team gunslinger proved useful.
Addazio praised the Wellesley High grad during his weekly press conference, saying "He's been outstanding. He goes against our defense every day. He's tough, he throws it really well, and he is very physical, and he's got speed."
Smith may return as the Eagles' quarterback, as his status is uncertain ahead of Saturday's game against the Hokies. But regardless, Addazio is still evaluating Fadule and will have him ready to go for Saturday because "at a minimum, we have two quarteracks game-ready... And then we have to evaluate what we need to do to be able to beat Virginia Tech," Addazio said Monday.
Rivals.com interviewed Fadule earlier this month after Wade's injury, who said he didn't know what being 'ready' for a game means, "because I've never played a college game before. I felt like I was prepared and as confident as I possible can [be], which comes when you study our stuff more. The better you know it, the faster you play."
The Eagles passing attack has been abysmal this season, as has the offense as a whole. The Eagles rank last in the ACC in yards per game, touchdowns, passer rating, completion percentage, passing yards, yards per attempt, and passer rating. If they want to beat the Hokies on Saturday, the passing game will have to step up as the Eagles' running attack has struggled of late.