Eagles' spring coming to an end

April 21, 2010 - 7:39 am
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The quarterback situation for Boston College is way ahead of where it was last year, according to coach Frank Spaziani. But just because the situation has improved doesn't mean the coach can sleep easy. "Do I feel comfortable? No, because we have two sophomores and two true freshman at that position," Spaziani said during Wednesday's ACC coaches teleconference. "It's a relatively inexperienced group." David Shinskie returns as the most experienced option for the Eagles. The 25-year-old former professional baseball player threw for 15 touchdowns and 14 interceptions during the Eagles' eight-win season last year. Mike Marscovetra and a pair of true freshmen in Chase Rettig and Josh Bordner also are options for Spaziani. "David is the incumbent, but no jerseys are tatooed on you," he said. "We are in a lot different situation this April as we were last April. We've upgraded ourselves talent-wise. Mike Marscovetra, this is his first spring, he's a true sophomore now. The two young boys that just came out of high school, Rettig and Bordner, they didn't disappoint us. They are fine prospects. By no means are they ready for prime time, but we like what we see at this point." One area the Eagles will not have to worry about is starting tailback. Montel Harris is back after a tremendous sophomore season. Harris rushed for 1,457 yards on 308 attempts with 14 scores. The talented running back cracked the century mark seven times last year, highlighted by a 264-yard outburst against NC State on Oct. 17. Spaziani said he may have to scale Harris back a little bit to keep him fresh throughout the season, because the backup situation is not as set in stone. "Montel is an outstanding player. We got lucky a little bit last year. We had to use him too much," Spaziani said of his running back. "We got some injuries this spring. Our backup situation leaves a lot to be desired." One of the biggest stories of the spring will be the health of linebacker Mark Herzlich. Herzlich missed all of last season with a rare bone cancer, and Spaziani said his situation is a difficult one to put a finger on, but one that is uplifting. "They inserted a rod in his leg in December, so he's a little over four months removed from that. He has participated in some spring [practices]. This is territory that no one has gone before," said Spaziani. "We sort of let Mark do what he can do. We've held him out of any kind of hitting. He's participated and he's been in some drills. He's nowhere near ready to play, but it's remarkable seeing where he is at right now. I'm hoping that it works out for him." The Eagles will hold two more practices this spring and will hold its spring game this Saturday. "We've had a productive spring," Spaziani said. "We've tried to build some depth and develop some players, and some of our players have gotten better. We certainly have a long way to go."