Dave Shinskie Must Step Up if Boston College Wants To Compete

Mickey McGuireCorrespondent IAugust 30, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 26: Dave Shinskie #15 of the Boston College Eagles passes against the USC Trojans during the 2009 Emerald Bowl at AT&T Park on December 26, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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This weekend, Boston College head coach Frank Spaziani named Dave Shinskie the starting quarterback for the 2010 season. He won the job after an intense preseason competition featuring himself, sophomore Mike Marscovetra, and freshmen Chase Rettig and Josh Bordner.

Shinskie was the favorite for most of the preseason, but there was a chance that Rettig, a highly sought-after recruit, could earn the job. Marscovetra was also the favorite at one point, but that's a thing of the past.

This is Shinskie's team, and the 25-year-old late bloomer must make the most of his opportunity.

He started 10 games last year and was slowly given more responsibility as the season went on. Shinskie was not horrible, but he was very inconsistent. He had a sub-par 51 percent passing percentage and 14 interceptions. However, he did set BC freshmen records with 2,049 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Shinskie will have a chance to prove himself worthy on September 4th against Weber State. One game doesn't mean anything
especially a game against an FCS teambut it will give fans an idea how much he has improved.

With an extremely talented offensive line featuring Anthony Costazno as well as a potential All-American running back in Montel Harris, Shinskie has a lot of players surrounding him that will make things much easier.

Unfortunately, the receivers around him have a lot to prove. After Colin Larmond Jr went down with a season-ending knee injury, the position became very freshman- and sophomore-friendly. Hopefully, with youth comes talent.

He has very good mental focus as he was a professional baseball player for seven years. Boston College hopes that mental toughness translates to a big improvement on the football field in 2010.