Spring Game Observations

On a near perfect spring day, Boston College concluded the spring practice session with the Jay McGillis game. In front of a larger than typical crowd, the Eagle defense showed they are clearly ahead of the offense, winning the game according to the rules of the controlled scrimmage.

The general consensus among players and coaches following the Annual Jay McGillis Spring Game was that the team had significant room for improvement.

The defense won the scrimmage 47-21 under the modified scoring format. The offense struggled to put drives together and only Davis was able to bring the team into field goal range when Aponavicius connected on a 37-yard field goal.

Spaziani said of the quarterback play, "I think we need A LOT of practice," before jokingly asking me what I thought.

Starting quarterback Dominique Davis finished 20-of-40 with 145 yards and one interception, although the defense dropped several potential picks. Davis looked erratic at times, but clearly has the lead on the quarterback competition.

Davis said, "the summer time will be crucial," adding that he feels he has "a lot of work this summer."

Justin Tuggle, working with the second unit, was 2-of-7 for eight yards. Tuggle still hopes to be named the starter after finishing what he felt was a strong spring.

When asked about the new offensive scheme Tuggle said, "It's a little new right now, but this spring should be a nice transition into the summer."

Tuggle believed that his performance suffered because he got off to a slow start. "The offense is usually at a disadvantage in the spring," he said.

Codi Boek was 2-10 for 14 yards on the day while working with the third unit.

Chris Pantale played well as he continues to battle for a starting tight end spot. The red-shirt freshman was one of the leading receivers on the day.

"I caught the ball well, ran good routes, and blocked pretty well," said Pantale of his performance. When asked about the quarterback play Pantale said, "they all did alright. The accuracy was there."

The running game was held in check for the most part. Montel Harris, sporting his new #2 jersey, gained 27 yards on 12 attempts. Jeff Smith went for 40 yards on 16 carries. Josh Haden was limited to just 3 rushes for 9 yards after getting banged up early in the first half. He spent the second half wearing his game jersey without any pads on.

Coach Bill McGovern was pleased with the defense's overall performance, "The kids played hard, which is a plus," he said after the game.

McGovern claims there have been no changes to the defensive scheme since he took over as defensive coordinator. McGovern and his staff will evaluate players and make necessary changes now that the spring is over.

Wes Davis was named the recipient of the Jay McGillis scholarship during halftime. Davis thought the defense performed well, adding that "it's easier on the defense during the spring."

The junior safety said "the defensive unit must become more opportunistic and create more big play chances."

The secondary had numerous chances at interceptions only to be dropped. Roderick Rollins was the only player to register an interception. Mark Herzlich and Donnie Fletcher each had a pair of pass break-ups.

Will Thompson, filling in for the injured Mike McLaughlin, said the learning curve has been steep but he has been receiving plenty of help. "I've been talking to Mike (McLaughlin) and Mark Herzlich."

He said the toughest part has been the leadership aspect, since the "MIKE" linebacker must make all the reads and calls at the line, but Herzlich has been helping him adjust.

The man with the biggest shoes to fill is Damik Scafe. Scafe wrapped up an excellent spring with a stellar performance in the spring game. Scafe was reminiscent of his predecessors blowing up plays in the backfield and wrecking havoc at the point of attack. Max Holloway and Brad Neuman each recorded sacks in the contest.

The Boston College Football team will remain on campus this summer working out and taking classes before the summer sessions resume again.


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