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Crane Leads Eagles in Spring Football Game

April 26, 2008

While departed quarterback Matt Ryan waited at Radio City Music Hall in New York for the NFL draft to begin, senior Chris Crane completed 18-of-35 passes for 155 yards and one touchdown Saturday in the Boston College football team's annual Jay McGillis Memorial Spring Game.

Redshirt freshman Dominique Davis, who is competing with Crane to replace Ryan as the Eagles' signal-caller this fall, completed 5-of-16 passes for 58 yards.

"Overall, I was pleased with what I saw," Coach Jeff Jagodzinski said. "We made it through the spring without any major injuries, and we laid a solid foundation for the fall."

Junior Clarence Megwa led all receivers with five catches for 68 yards. Sophomore Billy Flutie also had five catches (for 47 yards) while junior Rich Gunnell had four catches for 53 yards and the one touchdown reception (from Crane).

Sophomore running back Dan Mulrooney led all rushers with 10 carries for 33 yards, while true freshman Josh Haden had nine carries for 20 yards.

On defense, true freshman Donnie Fletcher led the way with six tackles. Senior linebacker Brian Toal, returning to action this spring after sitting out last season with a medical redshirt, returned to action to contribute four tackles. Junior cornerback Razzie Smith provided some excitement when he picked off a pass and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown.

Interestingly, punting duties were shared by place-kicker Steve Aponavicius and Flutie. Aponavicius punted three times for a 42-yard average, while Flutie booted two to average 32.5 yards.

The annual game is named in honor of Jay McGillis, a starting defensive back for BC who passed away from leukemia in 1992. At halftime of the game, senior safety Paul Anderson was named the recipient of the Jay McGillis scholarship, which is presented annually to a deserving defensive back.

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