The carousel that is the Boston College starting quarterback job continues to turn.
Chase Rettig, the true freshman who earned the start Saturday night against Notre Dame, was injured in the Eagles' loss to the Irish, leaving late in the second quarter with an ankle injury. He was just 5-of-10 for for 72 yards before he was hurt. This left the game in the hands of back-up Mike Marscovetra, and while he attempted 37 passes, he managed only 193 yards (and threw two interceptions).
X-rays on the ankle were negative, and it reportedly is "just" an ankle sprain, according to Eagle Action's Eric Hoffses. While Rettig is apparently telling people that he "will play on Saturday," nothing is certain at this point.
If Rettig is unable to play Saturday against N.C. State, then B.C. is left to choose between Marscovetra, or turn back to benched former starter, Dave Shinskie. Coach Frank Spaziani realizes his team is not in the best situation currently.
"It's sort of like back to Square One, isn't it? We'll handle it with Mikey and Dave and keep our other options open."
Unfortunately, for Spaziani and the Eagles, they don't really have many options, writes the Herald's Steve Conroy.
He could try another true freshman, Josh Bordner, but removing another redshirt seems unlikely at this point. He could hope for a minor miracle to give the Eagles back Rettig, who did not practice yesterday, by next Saturday. That certainly didn't seem likely when Rettig hobbled out of the Yawkey Building press conference room with a boot on his left foot late Saturday.
Right now, it looks like the Wolfpack will see Shinskie or Marscovetra or a combination of both.
Whoever the starter is, they'll have their work cut out for them: N.C. State boasts the league's third-best pass defense, and the second-highest sack total (18 in five games).
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