This weekend was supposed to be Kevin Rogers‘ return to Blacksburg. Rogers coached quarterbacks at Virginia Tech from 2002 through 2005 before spending five years in that same job with the Minnesota Vikings. During the offseason, he became Boston College’s offensive coordinator.
But two games into the season, Rogers took a leave of absence because of what Boston College called health reasons. He has not returned, so he won’t be with the Eagles when they play at Tech on Saturday. Boston College’s third-year head coach, Frank Spaziani, promoted tight ends coach Dave Brock to offensive coordinator. Brock also took over Rogers‘ duties as position coach for true sophomore quarterback Chase Rettig.
The Eagles are 1-5, 0-3 ACC this season, with their win coming over Massachusetts. Their offense has struggled, ranking 103rd of 120 teams nationally in yards (321.8) and 105th in points (19.5). How much has Rogers‘ absence negatively affected the offense?
“I couldn’t put a percentage on it, but any time you have change of that sort, it’s not the ideal situation,” Spaziani said. “And then you have to move forward and try to overcome whatever problems that creates. It certainly has been a little bit of a disruptive factor.”
Rogers was surely looking forward to returning to Blacksburg when he took the Boston College job, as he still regularly followed the Hokies when he was in Minnesota.
“I love that place,” Rogers said last fall. “I was treated great there by coach [Frank] Beamer and his staff. I consider those guys some of my best friends. People think I graduated from there [rather than William & Mary]. I’m a big Hokie fan.”
No injury update from Beamer
Tech sophomore defensive end James Gayle missed last Saturday’s win at Wake Forest because of a sprained left ankle suffered a week earlier against Miami. All-America junior cornerback Jayron Hosley tweaked his left hamstring in the first quarter at Wake and did not return, leaving Tech without four defensive starters (tackle Antoine Hopkins and whip outside linebacker Jeron Gouveia-Winslow are done for the year).
Beamer on Monday declined to provide an update on the injuries, saying Tech would release the status of Gayle and Hosley in Thursday’s injury report.
The coaches were pleased with the performance of their replacements: sophomore end Tyrel Wilson and redshirt freshman corner Detrick Bonner. Beamer said Wilson played “excellent.” After grading the film, secondary coach Torrian Gray credited Bonner with three exceptional plays but thought he made too many mental and technique errors.
Boston College is moving on without senior tailback Montel Harris, its all-time leading rusher. Harris aggravated a lingering left knee injury in the fifth game, against Wake Forest. He finished the season with just 31 carries in two games. His backup, sophomore Andre Williams, didn’t play against Clemson two weeks ago because of a sprained right ankle.
The Eagles were off last week, and Spaziani expected Williams to fully participate when they resumed practice Sunday.
Spaziani, Boston College’s former defensive coordinator, has to be upset that the Eagles are allowing 440.6 yards per game to Bowl Subdivision opponents. That’s a good sign for a Tech offense coming off back-to-back games in which it gained 482 and 473 yards and scored 38 points in both contests. The Hokies scored five touchdowns and a field goal in each of the past two games. They are 9 of 10 on red-zone scoring chances, with seven touchdowns. In the first five games, they were 19 of 26, with 14 touchdowns.
• Tech’s Oct. 29 game at Duke will kick off at 12:30 p.m. and air on the ACC Network.
• Read Darryl Slater’s Virginia Tech blog at vteffect.com
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