Injuries have wrecked many hopes and dreams already in this young college football season, but there might not be a team that has been impacted more than Boston College.
The Eagles go into their game against Duke with two backup quarterbacks (Troy Flutie, Jeff Smith) and one healthy running back (Tyler Rouse), and starting center Frank Taylor and tight end Louie Addazio are questionable this week. All the injuries have compounded the problems for what was an already young Boston College offense, now forced to go on without up to seven key offensive players Saturday.
"For us it’s just a matter of doing our jobs and it doesn’t matter who is back there," left tackle Dave Bowen told The Boston Herald. "That’s our goal every week, to execute and do our job a high level so they can do what they do. The job doesn’t change. It’s really just us executing no matter who the quarterback is running the offense. It’s not a totally different mindset, we want to do what we do up front."
What was perhaps the deepest running back group in the ACC when the season began has been decimated. Jon Hilliman is out indefinitely with a broken foot, and Myles Willis (shoulder) and Marcus Outlow (shoulder) missed practice time this week. Whether they play remains to be seen. That's not exactly a good sign for a team that relies so heavily on its ground game.
Factor in the way Duke has played against the run -- allowing just 2.8 yards per carry -- and it seems clear the Eagles will have to rely on their exceptional defense once again.