Tape It Up: BC: Can't Hide Them Much Longer

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BC: Can't Hide Them Much Longer

Head coach Jeff Jagodzinski has been put through the ringer in his first weeks in Chestnut Hill, watching player after player go down with injuries of varying degrees, but he's insisting that everyone will be ready for Saturday's game. On the injury front, the first-year coach is happy to discuss Brian Toal's status, as the linebacker is taking a medical redshirt after undergoing shoulder surgery, but other than that, it's on us to figure out exactly who among the ailling will be pacing the sidelines on Saturday. And the list isn't particularly short.

Running back L.V. Whitworth will probably sit out Saturday's opener against Wake Forest, nursing a hamstring injury that has kept him out of most of preseason camp. The senior started all 13 games in 2006, tallying 791 yards on 174 carries and four TDs. Senior Andre Callender, who has been banged up himself at points this preseason, and junior A.J. Brooks will pick up the slack if Whitworth remains on the bench.

Sophomore running back and returnman Jeff Smith, who played in all 13 games as a true freshman, continues to battle a groin injury and is doubtful for Saturday's game. He averaged 28 yards per return last season, returning 23 kicks for 645 yards, ranking him first in the ACC and eighth in the nation. The Eagles would like to have him back on the field as fast as humanly possible.

Linebacker Robert Francois is not listed on the two-deep after an ankle injury has kept him off the field for the past few weeks. The junior started seven games last season, but will give the weakside starting job over to sophomore Mark Herzlich, who had two starts as a true freshman in 2006.

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