Posted by Chip Patterson
The quarterback carosel at Boston College has come full circle, and 26 year-old sophomore Dave Shinskie has found himself back as the starting signal caller for the Eagles. Shinskie was benched after a dreadful scoreless performance two weeks ago against Virginia Tech, opening up the quarterback competition between sophomores Chris Rettig and Mike Marscovetra. Rettig won the starting job against Notre Dame, and had threw 10 times for 72 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game with a sprained ankle. Marscovetra replaced Rettig against the Irish, but was unable to hit a rhythm and finished 22 of 37 for zero touchdowns and two interceptions.
With Rettig listed as doubtful for the Eagles' division game against NC State in Raleigh, the Boston Herald is reporting that Shinskie will takeover the starting duties against the Wolfpack. Marscovetra began Thursday's practice taking snaps with the first team offense, but it was Shinskie who closed the afternoon with the starters. Marscovetra does not appear to have any injuries holding him back, so this will be a clear demotion after serving as the second string quarterback against Notre Dame. Head coach Frank Spaziani seems to favor Rettig when healthy, though with the way the season has gone he could change his mind after just a few drives. If Shinskie performs well in Raleigh, Spaziani will have the option to let Rettig take a medical redshirt and completely heal his ankle. Rettig's only playing time has come against Notre Dame, so he is well within the NCAA playing time limits for requesting the medical redshirt.