The bad news continued to come at Boston College. A few hours after BC released the expected information that starting cornerback C.J. Jones would undergo surgery for a knee injury suffered on the first series of Saturday's 30-3 loss to Central Florida, the Eagles announced that offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers was taking a leave of absence for health reasons.
BC coach Frank Spaziani said that tight ends coach Dave Brock would be named acting offensive coordinator and will also coach the quarterbacks, while graduate assistant coach Ben Johnson will be moved up to coach the tight ends on an interim basis.
“Our football program operates as a family unit, and we are totally supportive of Kevin,” Spaziani said in a statement. “I would like to ask our fans and followers to support Kevin and respect his privacy. I have the utmost confidence in Dave Brock and we will begin the transition immediately.
Rogers joined the Eagles staff last February, replacing Gary Tranquill, who retired after two years as the Eagles' OC. With a resume which included extensive stints in college football as well as the National Football League (he came to BC after a five year stint as the Minnesota Vikings QB coach), Rogers hoped to re-energize a BC offense led by sophomore QB Chase Rettig.
But the Eagles and Rogers had to deal with a series of injuries along the offensive line, the loss of running back Montel Harris (for the first two games at least) with a knee injury as well as an ongoing health issues which included a back problem.
Brock came to the Eagles from Kansas State in 2009 where he was the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.
With Jones out--BC officials said they will ask the NCAA for a medical redshirt for the 5-foot-11 inch, 178 pounds sophomore, Spaziani must reconfigure his defensive backfield once again.
He also may have to readjust on the offensive line as well since center Mark Spinney also injured his knee against Central Florida and his status for the Duke game and beyond remains uncertain.
If there is any good news, Harris, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee during training camp, may be ready to return, although there is no certainty of that as well.
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