Aug. 26, 2009
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College football team completed its fourth and final intrasquad scrimmage of the preseason on Wednesday afternoon at Alumni Stadium and the offense reached the end zone three times in the hour and a half session.
"There is improvement," Head Coach Frank Spaziani said. "Obviously, we have to make some (quarterback) decision. I think Dave (Shinskie) is in the mix but obviously if he can't practice for a week, he's out of the picture. (Justin) Tuggle has made a lot of strides. He wants to do it and he made some progress."
Tuggle went 6-for-9 in the first half of the scrimmage for 104 yards and a touchdown. The redshirt freshman led the offense to the end zone in the first series of the day, going 3-for-5 for 68 yards. He connected with senior Rich Gunnell for a 41-yard scoring strike that he fit perfectly between the corner and the safety.
Gunnell finished the day with three catches for 77 yards - a 25.67 average - and that touchdown.
Tuggle finished the scrimmage 7-for-19 for 115 yards. Junior Codi Boek and freshman Michael Marscovetra both had solid days as well. Boek finished 7-for-9 for 94 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Marscovetra went 4-for-6 for 60 yards.
Boek's touchdown pass came on a toss to redshirt freshman Clyde Lee. Lee caught a short pass over the middle and then made a few great moves to evade three people in the secondary for the 45-yard score.
Junior Billy Flutie also performed well, catching four balls for 51 yards. Sophomore Montel Harris saw the most action in the backfield, carrying 12 times for 53 yards and a touchdown.
Redshirt freshman Nick Clancy
and junior Brad Newman
led the defense in tackles with seven and six, respectively. Newman and senior Jim Ramella
both had a pair of sacks and Ramella finished with four tackles.
Junior Darius Bagan had the other sack for the defense while classmate Damik Scafe forced a couple of turnovers. He recovered a fumble and then made an athletic interception after Ramella tipped a Boek pass.
Freshman Jim Noel forced sophomore Josh Haden to fumble after a hard open-field tackle which sophomore Donnie Fletcher recovered. Fletcher also blocked the PAT attempt following the first touchdown.
The Eagles will hold practice early tomorrow morning before they move into their housing assignments for the fall.