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BC aims to correct mistakes

It was a painful day at Alumni Stadium for DeLeon Gause (right knee) and the Eagles, who lost to Maryland, 24-21. It was a painful day at Alumni Stadium for DeLeon Gause (right knee) and the Eagles, who lost to Maryland, 24-21.
(Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff)
By Mark Blaudschun
Globe Staff / October 25, 2010

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When you lose five games in a row, when three of your defensive starters are sidelined with injuries, and when you have shuffled and reshuffled your lineup, a coach’s patience can shrink.

Yet sometimes there isn’t a lot that can be done. Last week’s loss is trumped by this week’s game, which is where Boston College football coach Frank Spaziani is at as he tries to guide the Eagles through a 2-5 start.

The latest setback came Saturday in a 24-21 loss to Maryland, a game in which the Eagles dug themselves a 24-7 hole.

Yesterday, Spaziani tried to explain how he deals with the frustration in running a program that is in danger of its first losing season since 1998.

“I’ve been out front with these problems since Day 1,’’ said Spaziani. “I know I have my mind in the right frame.’’

What is hurting now, though, is the injuries to the defensive starters, including end Alex Albright, who suffered a fractured right fibula Saturday. That has finished the 6-foot-5-inch, 251-pound senior’s career at The Heights.

“It’s tough,’’ said Spaziani, who knows how Albright battled injuries throughout his time at BC.

More encouraging is the condition of senior safety Wes Davis, who suffered a neck injury. Tests revealed no fracture and Davis, who suffered a neck injury three years ago, was released from the hospital yesterday.

“The issue with Wes was that he had a previous operation,’’ said Spaziani. “That complicates things. He has some issues to deal with.’’

Senior cornerback DeLeon Gause injured his right knee Saturday and tests revealed cartilage damage, but no surgery is required.

“The issue was how severe the pain will be,’’ said Spaziani, who must now look to other players to provide more leadership. “You only have so many seniors. Taking two of those guys out of the playing mix leaves opportunities for other guys to step in.’’

Spaziani did see some improvement in the offensive line after Mark Spinney moved from guard to center and Nathan Richman from center back to guard. Other than the one day left tackle Anthony Castonzo missed because of academic conflicts, the line worked as a unit all week.

“I can’t remember the last time everybody was practicing out there every day in the same position,’’ said Spaziani. “And it showed.’’

The Eagles host Clemson Saturday, and Spaziani said the staff spent time yesterday discussing how to improve the defense’s third-down efficiency.

“A lot of it was in third-and-medium situations,’’ said Spaziani. “It’s a combination of a lot of things. We have to manage it better, try to help the kids out. We have to get that corrected.’’