NEWTON, Mass. -- Boston College football coach Frank Spaziani confirmed Wednesday that senior safety Wes Davis, who suffered a neck injury in the Eagles’ 24-21 loss to Maryland on Saturday, will not play in the team’s game against Clemson this weekend.
Davis was injured on a tackle in the third quarter against the Terrapins, and remained down on the turf for several minutes before being strapped onto a back board and wheeled off the field. The senior captain was taken to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital as a precaution, and held overnight.
Tests revealed that Davis did not suffer a neck fracture, and he had full feeling. He was released Sunday and will meet with his doctor later this week for an update.
Senior defensive end Alex Albright, who left the Maryland game with what turned out to be a broken right fibula, will not need surgery, according to Spaziani. Doctors are waiting for the swelling to go down around the injury before putting Albright into a cast.
If BC is able to rally and become bowl-eligible there’s a chance that Albright could return for one more game.
Linebacker Luke Kuechly said the loss of Albright will be a big one on more than one front.
“The biggest thing about Alex is he’s one of the hardest workers on our defense, if not the hardest, and he’s one of the captains,” the sophomore middle linebacker said. “When you lose a guy like that you feel it on the field, but you also feel it on the sidelines.”
Albright, who has dealt with numerous injuries in his time at the Heights, knows what he’s doing on and off the field and serves as a leader for the Eagles’ defense.
“That leadership quality, more than anything, is something that we’re not gonna have on the field without Alex there,” Kuechly said.
Max Holloway stepped in for Albright against the Terps, and will start in his place this week.
“Max works hard,” Spaziani said. “He made some plays. He’s gonna have to step up.”
But it’s not all on him, Kuechly said.
“As a defense, as a whole, we’re just gonna have to come together,” Kuechly said.
An offensive performance
The last meeting between these two teams was a historic one for Clemson. The Tigers’ defense held BC to only 54 yards of total offense, the lowest total for a Clemson opponent since 1963 (when Virginia put up only 41).
The Eagles gained 29 yards rushing and 25 yards passing, completed 23.8 percent of their passes and scored just seven points in a 25-7 loss.
Not spooked by this date
These Tigers apparently aren’t afraid of costumes and candy, as Clemson is 10-2 all-time in games played on the eve of Halloween. The Tigers have won seven consecutive games on Oct. 30, their last loss on that date coming in 1943 against Wake Forest.
The .833 winning percentage on that date is the fifth-best in school history, given a minimum of five games played.