DeLeon Gause To Pay Tribute To Jasper Howard

October 24, 2009 - 11:18 am

Boston College cornerback DeLeon Gause will pay tribute to slain University of Connecticut football player Jasper Howard by wearing number six this afternoon as the Eagles take on Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Howard was stabbed to death last Sunday. Gause, who normally wears number nine, knew Howard as a high school opponent in Miami, Fla and the two have family connections. "I thought of anything I could do. My sister called me the morning after it happened. After talking to them, I had to do something so that was one of the things that I would do," Gause said. Gause also said that Clemson cornerback Chris Chancellor in tribute will wear number six today as the Tigers visit the University of Miami. Senior running back and primary kick returner Jeff Smith wears number six normally though it will not be a problem as the players will not be on the field at the same time. Injury Updates- - It looks as though that sophomore running back Josh Haden will not be playing today as he continues after sustaining an ankle injury last week against NC State. Freshman Rolandan Finch has been bumped up to the number two running back on the depth chart. - Sophomore middle linebacker Will Thompson will be active for the first time this season after sustaining a stretched nerve in his neck and shoulder during the summer. He is slotted in the as the second middle linebacker after Mike McLaughlin. -  Junior fullback James McCluskey continues to make his comeback after a broken leg and staph infection in his achilles. He is slated behind tight  end /fullback Lars Anderson. Stayed tuned to The BC Blog all day for updates as the Eagles take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.