The "in-and-out" game that is the Boston College running back situation was in the "out" phase yesterday for projected starter L.V. Whitworth, who has been nursing a hamstring injury through camp.
"It's up to the coaches," said Whitworth. "I feel good. Good enough to play."
Whitworth has been taking part in practice every other day this week. "It's a precautionary thing," he said.
With Whitworth out, Andre Callender and A.J. Brooks received most of the reps in practice, which will wind down today in preparation for Saturday's opener against Wake Forest.
Coach Jeff Jagodzinski maintains that all his players other than Brian Toal, who is taking a medical redshirt, will be available.
For Toal, who underwent shoulder surgery in the spring, the toughest times will come in the next 48 hours.
"It was one thing [not to practice] during camp," he said, "but sitting in the stands on Saturday is going to be tough."
Saturday could be a milestone day for Callender, who needs 22 yards to reach the 2,000 career mark. When that happens, Callender and Whitworth (2,221) will become the first pair of 2,000-yard rushers in BC history to play at the same time . . . Quarterback Matt Ryan
is one of 17 Eagles to have earned undergraduate degrees. Ryan will take postgraduate courses Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights. "School at night and work [football] during the day," he joked . . . Running back Jeff Smith
was again excused from practice. Jagodzinski reiterated that he expects everyone to be available for the game . . . Linebacker Robert Francois
(ankle) was on the practice field but did not participate.
Walking the Walk
BC will start a new pregame ritual Saturday, called the Eagle Walk. The team will bus onto campus at around 1 p.m. from its hotel and walk from Corcoran Commons to the Yawkey Athletics Center. The idea is to get a feel for the game and the crowd beforehand. BC fans are allowed on campus only three hours before home games (3:30 start Saturday), so the timing of the Eagle Walk is crucial . . . Although nothing is official until game time, kicker Steve Aponavicius
says he will handle not only the field goal duties but also kickoffs. At least that's what he thinks. "No one has told me officially," he said. "But I read it in the paper." And Jagodzinski did say that "Sid Vicious" is indeed his kicker. "And I've been kicking with the first team,"' said Aponavicius . . . BC has won 11 straight games at Alumni Stadium . . . The Eagles, who can choose from four uniform combinations, will wear maroon jerseys and gold pants against Wake.
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