|Senior captain Emmett Cleary sees a lot of hard-working talent among the underclassmen on BC’s roster.|
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At the same time, he understands his circumstances with job security, and with Virginia Tech coming in, he drew a parallel between himself and Hokies coach Frank Beamer, who struggled through his first six seasons in Blacksburg before becoming an institution.
The Hokies went 2-8-1 in 1992, Beamer’s sixth season, and Spaziani said, “They wanted his head.”
Beamer got another season. The Hokies changed their defense, went 9-3, and haven’t missed a bowl game since. “Boom,” Spaziani said. “It was like the spark.”
Spaziani has said all along that with Rettig, receiver Alex Amidon, defensive end Kasim Edebali, and linebacker Steele Divitto as seniors, he sees next year as a breakthrough. But it’s hard to forecast next year in the middle of a cloudy season.
“We need more victories, that’s what we need,” Spaziani said. “But if you just look at the depth chart and look at the people that we have and the people that are going to be lined up playing that have played, you’ll see a lot of them are coming back and a lot of them are gaining a lot of experience.
“I feel good about the future, but right now we’re just having a little tough time looking at things through rose-colored glasses, if you will.”
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