Injuries Mounting for Boston College

By Ryan McCart

Boston College just can’t catch a break during the preseason. Injuries are quickly beginning to mount on the offensive side of the ball. A couple of weeks ago star tight end Chris Pantale broke a bone in his foot. The broken bone will make Pantale miss significant time, and now he has a partner in healing in receiver Bobby Swigert.

Swigert suffered a left knee injury during a team scrimmage on Wednesday. He will not play against Miami in week 1 and is expected miss several more games at the beginning of this season. Swigert was Boston College’s top receiver last season catching 44 passes for 470 yards and three touchdowns.

Those aren’t impressive statistics but they are considering the Eagles dismal passing game last season. BC only averaged 167.8 passing yards per game, they ranked 100th of 119 FBS schools in that regard. Losing Pantale and Swigert is really going to hurt Boston College early this season. The two of them caught six of the 12 touchdown passes that quarterback Chase Rettig threw in 2011.

Injuries are starting to become commonplace at Boston College this summer. First it was Pantale, the Eagles then lost starting cornerback Al Louis-Jean to a foot injury and now Swigert. That isn’t even mentioning the lesser injuries to running backs Rolandan Finch, Andre Williams and Tahj Kimble.

Many believe that this season is BC head coach Frank Spaziani’s make or break season. He is on the hot seat in 2012 and losing so many starters before the season even starts certainly isn’t going to help him in his pursuit to keep his job.

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