Boston College coach Frank Spaziani revealed little this week about who might start at quarterback on Saturday against Notre Dame, but we know who it's not -- Dave Shinskie.
"We're going to make a change at quarterback," Spaziani said at his weekly news conference. "We'll have Mike (Marscovetra) and Chase (Rettig) compete for the job this week and we'll make a decision at the end of the week."
Spaziani said he's not sure when he'll make the final decision ("Maybe it will be Saturday night," he said), but he's seen as much of Rettig as he has the other two quarterbacks -- just not in a game situation. The Eagles had hoped to redshirt Rettig, and he was expected to be the program's quarterback of the future. Now they might not have that luxury.
"All three quarterbacks have the physical talent to win at this level," Spaziani said. "They all have arm strength and can physically do what we're asking them to do. There's a lot more to it than that obviously."
The rest of it, of course, is mental. It's an understanding of the game, a football IQ and being able to manage the offense without turning it over.
In fairness to Shinskie, he came in last fall having not played since he was in high school, and he did a respectable job and helped the Eagles become a contender. BC was still in the mix to win the Atlantic Division last November, and Shinskie contributed to that. He started the past 13 games, getting his first start against Wake Forest last year. He had an 8-5 record in those starts, including a 5-3 ACC mark.
Last year, Shinskie completed 149-of-288 passes for 2,049 yards, 15 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
This year, he is 39-for-72 for 529 yards with four touchdowns and four picks.
Marscovetra is 21-for-35 in his career with 227 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Most of his action came in one game at Virginia Tech last year though, completing 10 of 16 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns.
Rettig earned All-South Coast League first-team honors as a senior at San Clemente High School in California after completing 157 passes for 1,748 yards and 18 touchdowns. He enrolled in January and participated in spring practices.