Aug. 13, 2010
The Boston College football team took part in its annual Media Day on Friday afternoon before its first practice in pads later in the day.
Reporters packed the media suite in Conte Forum to talk with coaches and 16 student-athletes. Head Coach Frank Spaziani and senior LB Mark Herzlich both touched on his fight to get back on the field.
"I'm frustrated for Mark because I know what this means to him and what he's trying to accomplish," Spaziani said. "When you cannot assist like you think you want to assist, there's a little bit of that frustration. I understand his frustration and we have to just take it as it comes, but I think we'll be fine and it will be that much sweeter when he gets to the goals."
Spaziani delivered good news to the media during his press conference as he announced that junior DT Kaleb Ramsey reported to camp.
"We're excited to have Kaleb back," Spaziani said. "He's a good football player and he ended the spring a really good football player. He had some personal issues that have been resolved and now he's back on the team. We're excited about it, he's excited about it and we're anxious to get him back on schedule practicing."
After the big news of those players, the theme got back to the team and the fast-approaching season that begins September 4 against Weber State. The Eagles are looking for their third bid in four years to the Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game.
"We have a couple of bricks in place," Spaziani said. "I'm not sure what we're building, but we're getting a foundation. Last year, we were brought into the emergency room in critical condition and we survived. But we're in intensive care now and we still have medicine to take."
"We're still building, getting ourselves to where we have a solid foundation," Spaziani continued. "There are enough players to win. We have a great coaching staff. We have great support, but we have to overcome a lot of things. We're building our way to the future."
Sophomore QB Dave Shinskie had some growing pains in his first year but performed well, considering he had not thrown a football in seven years. The true freshman came in and earned the starting spot, leading BC to a 6-4 record and a 5-2 ACC mark in his 10 starts.
"I was more of a baseball player last year," Shinskie said. "Over the summer I worked hard with the receivers and the line and I'm feeling more comfortable this year. I want to cut down on interceptions, have better reads and just work on my check balance a little bit more. It comes with learning the playbook."
After the players talked for a half hour, they geared up for their first practice in pads. Saturday marks the first double session of the preseason and then the initial scrimmage is slated for tomorrow night.