Boston College wide receiver Colin Larmond Jr. suffered a season-ending knee injury Saturday that will require surgery, the school announced on Monday.
This is a huge blow to the Eagles' receiving corps and the passing game, as Larmond Jr. was expected to be the team's top receiver this fall. He was the leading returning receiver with 29 receptions for 596 yards and five touchdowns last season. He led the 2009 team in yards per catch (20.6) and finished second in receptions (29), yards (596), touchdowns (five) and average per game (45.8).
It's now crucial that Ifeanyi Momah produces, as he more than likely will start. Momah redshirted last season because of injury, but in 2008 he caught 11 passes for 149 yards and was second on the team with three touchdowns. The staff had planned to use Momah as a defensive end in addition to his receiver duties this fall, but this will likely scratch those plans. The other starter at receiver is Billy Flutie, who caught five passes last season.
Beyond those two, there really isn't much depth or experience to depend upon. Sophomore Clyde Lee caught four passes last season, and senior Ryan Lindsey has one career reception. True freshman Bobby Swigert is likely to end up playing, and he has looked good in the scrimmages. True freshman Shakim Phillips would be right in the mix, but he has been sidelined with a hamstring injury. Alex Amidon is another true freshman who might help.
The Eagles are fortunate to have running back Montel Harris. He might have to catch the ball out of the backfield a little more than eight times this fall, though.