Junior defensive tackle Max Ricci has left the Boston College football team, the school confirmed Tuesday. Ricci is the third potential starter to leave the Eagles since the end of last season, after wideout Johnathan Coleman and running back Rolandan “Deuce” Finch.
A Groton, Mass., native, Ricci finished his Eagles career with 26 tackles (18 solo) in 24 career games played in 2011 and 2012.
The Eagles struggled mightily on the defensive line in 2012, using seven different starters at the defensive tackle position and finishing last in the nation among FBS teams with six total sacks. With Bryan Murray graduating and Ricci leaving, Steve Addazio’s team will be thin at the defensive tackle position.
Dominic Appiah, Kaleb Ramsey, Jaryd Rudolph and Connor Wujciak all started at the position in 2012, and will have to hold up if the unit is to improve under new defensive coordinator Don Brown in 2013.
Without Coleman, who finished second on the Eagles with 33 catches for 489 yards and four touchdowns in 2012, Chase Rettig will rely even more heavily on senior Alex Amidon and junior Spiffy Evans (especially with Bobby Swigert likely to redshirt due to his knee injury).
Help should be on the way there, however, as the 2014 recruiting class is led by Marcus Outlow, a four-star running back from Norwich Academy in Norwich, Conn.
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