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Preview: Kent State/Boston College

Posted By Ian Boynton On Sep 9 2010 @ 4:13 pm In Boston College | No Comments

Fresh off an exhilarating 38-20 victory over the Weber State Wildcats, the Boston College Eagles (1-0) look to continue their success against the Kent State Golden Flashes (1-0). This season will mark the third consecutive in which the Eagles play the Golden Flashes. In the last two games, Boston College has won 21-0, and 34-7. While Boston College will enter Saturday’s game as the favorite, after a less-than-stellar outing against the Weber State Wildcats, this game becomes an extremely important opportunity to make final adjustments before the Eagles welcome the Virginia Tech Hokies on September 25th.

Eagle Bites – Kent State Golden Flashes

The Kent State Golden Flashes are a member of the MAC (Mid-American Conference).

In 2009, Kent State finished 5-7 (4-4 in conference play) placing them 4th in the MAC East.

Leading the Golden Flashes will be sophomore quarterback Spencer Keith, who set freshman school records for total passing yards (2,174) and touchdowns (14) after starting only 7 games in 2009.

At running back, senior Eugene Jarvis will carry the load for the Golden Flashes. In 2007, Jarvis ran for 1669 yards, a school record.

What to watch for:

Will sophomore Dave Shinskie rebound?

In the first play from scrimmage against Weber State, the BC offense was charged with a delay of game penalty – a penalty that rests on the shoulders of Shinskie. On the second play, Shinskie lined up behind the right guard. After correcting himself, he audibled to a pass, only to throw an interception on a pass intended to senior Ifeanyi Momah. Over the next few drives, Shinskie was able to compose himself, ultimately throwing two touchdowns (on top of another interception) and 185 yards. Nonetheless, Shinskie’s shaky performance has had fans calling for Spaziani to start sophomore Mike Marscovetra since. While no such move has taken place, if Shinskie does not rebound against Kent State, Spaziani may have no choice but to start Marscovetra. Without a doubt, this is the story of Saturday’s game against Kent State.

Will Jonathan Coleman build upon last week’s performance?

Entering the game against Weber State, I had written that the Eagles, after losing their top receiver Colin Larmond Jr., would need to find a receiver. After catching 3 passes for 98 yards – each an impressive catch in its own right – the Eagles may have found that target in redshirt freshman Jonathan Coleman. Coleman enters Saturday listed behind senior Ifeanyi Momah, but will certainly be given an opportunity to leave an impression on this Saturday’s game. After this week’s game, the Eagles will not have the luxury of mixing and matching receivers, as they welcome the #13 Virginia Tech to Alumni Stadium. If Coleman steps up, he may find himself starting against the Hokies.

Will the Pass Defense step up?

Against Weber State, the Eagles gave up 388 yards, 277 of which were through the air. Neither the Eagles defensive backs nor the defensive line played well last Saturday. In the course of the game Weber State quarterback Cameron Higgins was pressured rarely, and sacked only once. Nonetheless, even without pressure, the Eagles cornerbacks provided minimal coverage, and were beat too often against an inferior team. The Eagles defense must play with more passion and enthusiasm if they wish to stay competitive through the year. This week’s game against Kent State will give Spaziani and defensive coordinator Bill McGovern a chance to make final tweaks to the defense.

Prediction

The Eagles will win this game. While Kent State is a better team than Weber State, the story will be the. Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean that the game isn’t extremely important. After coming out, and remaining flat for the entire game against Weber State, fans and coaches can only hope that the team will play with more energy. Across the board the players (especially Dave Shinskie) must look sharper, or Spaziani will have to consider making last minute changes to the depth chart before facing ACC opponent Virginia Tech. Boston College 41- Kent State 17.

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