Boston College has taken a big hit only a few days into fall camp.
Coach Frank Spaziani announced during media day Friday that tight end Chris Pantale is out with a broken bone in his foot. Pantale is in a cast, and Spaziani said his player would miss "significant time."
This is a big blow for an Eagles offense that already had his share of struggles last season, ranking last in the ACC in scoring offense and total offense. Pantale had 21 catches for 236 yards and three touchdowns last season, and was hands down the most experienced starter returning not only for the Eagles -- but in the entire ACC.
Pantale has started 38 games in his Boston College career, tops among returning starters in the league. Behind him on the depth chart, the Eagles list junior Mike Naples. He has played in 12 career games -- including nine last season -- with one career reception. Naples has been banged up during camp as well, so redshirt offensive lineman Dave Bowen is being moved to tight end.
This is probably the position the Eagles had the least to worry about headed into camp, though Spaziani tried to deflect how much losing Pantale hurts.
"The system is flexible enough to move on," Spaziani said. "That’s what happens in college football -- somebody gets injured and you move on. You do things a little bit different, that’s all. You have different packages."
Now we will see how long the Eagles will be without Pantale, and how they handle his absence.