Blast From The Past

The sudden departure of Dom Davis from the BC football team left the coaching staff scrambling to find another player to compete for the quarterback position. This late in the process, getting a junior college player or transfer is unlikely. Instead, the Eagles reached back in time to land one time star quarterback Dave Shinskie.

Coming out of high school, Dave Shinskie was one of the top rated players in the country. He was #60 on the Scout 100 and had a long list of college programs offering him scholarships. He was also a star baseball player. Drafted by the Twins, Dave chose to follow his dream and went off to play baseball in the minors.

Six years and two organizations later, Dave is out of baseball now. The Toronto Blue Jays released him after last season and that ended his career on the diamond. The question was what to do now that baseball was no longer an option.

"I played baseball for six years. I was with the Twins and then finally the Blue Jays this past year. I got released from the Blue Jays. I came back home and my coach said that colleges were contacting him to see how I was doing.

"I'm still in shape and I can still throw the football. So, I decided to see what they had to say. In baseball, when they let you go, it is over. There is no chance to get back."

The logical thing to do when making a career change is to look for an education. Getting new skills that can open doors to a new career is a course followed by millions of Americans every year. Few, however, get to play college football while getting an education.

"My high school coach told me that some schools had contacted him, Temple, Boston College and Pitt. They wanted to know if I wanted to take some visits to their schools. I decided to do it and went to all three of them as well as Rutgers. I decided to go to Boston College."

Unlike most incoming freshmen, Dave has seen the world and knows a little more about life than the typical high school senior. Going back to college is always tough, but it can be particularly challenging when away from it for an extended period of time.

"It is going to be hard to go back and do the academics. I'm 25, been through life and seen some things. So, you have to do what you have to do and I have to get an education now. It is going to be rough, but I have to do it. I have to find something else now that baseball is done. I have to survive like everyone else. That's why I have to go back to college.

"I tried baseball. You have to pursue your dreams and that's what I did with baseball, but it did not work out. Some guys leave the game and don't know what to do with their lives. I have my whole life ahead of me and that means looking at other options. Playing college football is not a bad option, especially when it comes with a college education."

The new beginning starts this summer. Dave will enroll in summer class at BC and begin working out with the team.

"I'm headed to BC somewhere around June 28. I'm going to take one class in the summer to get the hang of it. I'll also start working out with the team. BC is known for their academic support. I'm really going to need that as I get back into the habit of going to class and doing homework again. It has been six years since I've done that and it is going to be tough getting back into the habit."

Coming out of high school, Dave Shinskie was recruited by programs all over the country. His obvious love of baseball and the likelihood of going that route limited the number of offers. Once it was clear he was headed to baseball, many schools moved onto other targets.

At Mount Carmel High School in Pennsylvania, Shinskie started for four years as a quarterback. He lead his teams to two state championship games and three playoff appearances. He finished his career #2 on the all-time passing list in Pennsylvania with 6027 yards passing.

At Boston College he will compete with Justin Tuggle and Cody Boek for the starting position this fall.

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