Injuries already adding up for BC

Boston College sophomore cornerback Al Louis-Jean injured his left foot on Monday and is expected to miss several games, the school announced on Tuesday.

The news comes just days after BC announced veteran tight end Chris Pantale is out with a broken foot. Pantale had surgery on Monday and will miss about eight weeks, according to the school.

These are the excuses BC fans won't want to hear about come November, but there's no question injuries to key players have played a role in the team's struggles. Coach Frank Spaziani has had numerous injuries to deal with during his tenure as head coach, including to former running back Montel Harris. Last year, five players suffered season-ending injuries, and BC applied for medical hardship waivers for Harris and defensive tackle Kaleb Ramsey.

Louis-Jean has only started two games, but he entered summer camp competing with C.J. Jones for the starting field corner job. BC's secondary is filled with sophomores trying to make names for themselves.

Louis-Jean played in 10 games as a true freshman last fall and recorded 15 tackles, three pass break-ups, one interception and one forced fumble. Pantale, one of four elected team captains, sustained his injury last week. He has 77 career receptions for 797 yards and five touchdowns in 38 career starts over the last three seasons.