Three questions for Boston College

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Again, my apologies to Boston College fans for not getting to this on Monday. The Eagles began practice Monday and there are a few questions still hovering over Chestnut Hill:

1. How long will it take for Chris Crane to become the quarterback the Eagles need?

It shouldn't take too long. Offensive coordinator Steve Logan has tailored the offense to suit Crane, and it's not as if he's a freshman taking his first collegiate snap. Crane has earned the confidence of his teammates, and several of them have said Crane would have been starting at any other ACC school had he not been behind Matt Ryan. If all else fails, though, redshirt freshman Dominique Davis is another option.

2. How effective will the running game be with a freshman running back and some youth on the offensive line?

This should be a season of learning for Josh Haden. He'll be running behind a line that includes two new starters, but his decision to enroll early so he could participate in spring ball will obviously help his progression. Check back later this week for his take on the situation and how summer camp has treated him so far.

3. Can Boston College still have one of the more potent defenses in the ACC despite losing five starters?

Absolutely. The Eagles were third in the ACC in total defense last season (329.4 yards per game), and there's a good chance this year's squad can be equally effective. While there were losses on this side of the ball, there were also gains. Junior defensive end Alex Albright is back after missing the final three games of 2007 with a broken forearm. It will also help to have to have senior Brian Toal back, too, and who knows, he might just help out on offense again. The secondary lost free safety Jamie Silva, but Wes Davis, who missed most of last season with an injury, is one of the candidates to replace him.