Saturday’s meeting with Notre Dame will not only be a pivotal game for Boston College at this early stage in the season, but it could also be the beginning of a new era for the Eagles offense.
The Boston Globe is reporting today that highly touted freshman Chase Rettig has been named the starter for Saturday night’s visit from archrival Notre Dame.
The move is a huge step for the Eagles, who planned to redshirt the former Under Armor All-American and envisioned Rettig as the quarterback of the future coming into this season.
Rettig was very active in training camp and has been a source of excitement throughout practices thus far this season.
This change at the helm of the Eagles offense could be just the boost the team has been looking for in the much-maligned passing game.
Rettig brings a very different skill set than both Shinskie and Marscovetra because of his mobility and quickness. His ability to move around in the pocket and use his legs to extend plays will be a huge help for an offensive line that has struggled thus far, giving up six sacks last week against Virginia Tech.
The California native’s mobility and vision on the field might have been the deciding factor in ultimately beating out Marscovetra for the job.
Shinskie era over
Saturday’s visit from Virginia Tech was the figurative icing on the cake for the Dave Shinskie experiment at BC.
The 26-year old quarterback completed just 11-of-25 passes and tossed two picks, digging the Eagles a big hole against the Hokies on Saturday afternoon.
The sophomore was unable to escape constant pressure, getting sacked three times, and made some errant throws that ultimately had him riding the pine early in the second half.
After a miserable two quarters of play, Shinskie did the unthinkable with just 12 seconds left to play in the first half. As the pocket broke down and Hokie defensive backs blanketed the Eagle receivers, Uncle Dave decided to take off running.
But, even after getting inside the 1-yard line on the scramble, Shinskie was unable to get out of bounds, letting the clock run out, and costing the Eagles a much-needed score before the half.
It just so happens that Shinskie’s error may have been the final straw and cost him his job as the Eagles starting quarterback.
With the BC faithful calling for the axe and coach Spaziani visibly fed up with the turnovers and min boggling decisions (2 on Saturday), the hook finally came.
After throwing yet another interception early in the third quarter, Spaz had finally seen enough and Shinskie was pulled in favor of sophomore quarterback Mike Marscovetra.
And the switch looks to be permanent.
On Sunday afternoon, after what must have been a miserable film session, the BC coaching staff decided a change was in order at the quarterback spot. The question then became who?
Anticipation finally over, but questions still loom
Now after a few days of anticipation, we finally know that Rettig will be the choice on Saturday. The move indicates that the Eagles will try to shorten up their playbook and look for a more run heavy attack against the fighting Irish.
There is a great deal of excitement surrounding the move and the new look that the offense will take the rest of the season. But, we shouldn’t get too far ahead of ourselves before seeing exactly what Rettig can do out on the field come Saturday.
As the anticipation builds on the Heights and BC alums from around the country return to Chestnut Hill for Saturday’s matchup with the hated Irish, all the attention will be on Rettig.
Can he perform? Will he show poise in the pocket? Can he protect the ball?
There are plenty of questions still to be answered about this kid and the future of the Boston College offense.
But, The only question that matters is the one that has been ailing the Eagles since Matt Ryan’s departure from Alumni stadium in 2008.
Can someone make BC’s passing game relevant once more?