The last prime-time national television exposure for Chase Rettig came a year ago, when he made his collegiate debut as a true freshman against Notre Dame.
The 6-foot-3-inch, 212-pound Boston College quarterback showed some skills and some flaws before getting knocked out of that game with an ankle injury, and the Eagles lost, 31-13, to the Irish.
Rettig returned a few weeks later and has been the Eagles’ starter ever since.
His numbers after last night’s 38-7 loss to Florida State are not dazzling: He has completed 52.2 percent of his passes, with 8 touchdowns and 8 interceptions in nine games.
Although he is gaining more confidence, displaying more of a presence each week, he is still only in his second season as a college quarterback. He is a work in progress.
But last night, Rettig could do little to move the offense in the first half and was replaced by redshirt freshman Josh Bordner.
Although Rettig (11 of 18, 76 yards, 1 TD, 1 interception) returned in the second half, Bordner continued to share snaps.
“I was prepared, but I didn’t know it was going to be that many [plays],’’ said Bordner, who hit on 1 of 2 passes for 37 yards and also rushed for 45 yards on seven carries. “There was some nerves, but after that it was like normal.’’
BC coach Frank Spaziani said the quarterback switch was prompted by injuries that have limited the Eagles’ offensive options.
“Necessity is the mother of invention and we needed to have something else in there because of our situation with our personnel,’’ said Spaziani. “We had hoped to play Josh a little bit.’’
What happens with Rettig the rest of this season is open to debate, but there is still optimism about what the sophomore can do running the offense.
“He has all the attributes,’’ said Brian St. Pierre, who walked in Rettig’s shoes as the BC quarterback from 1999-2002 before going on to an NFL career and winning a Super Bowl ring with the Pittsburgh Steelers. “I think consistency is an issue, but that’s across the board teamwise with a young team.’’
St. Pierre, as a sideline reporter for WEEI, which carries the BC games, has seen the good and the bad of Rettig.
“The one thing I really like is his toughness,’’ said St. Pierre. “He has taken some shots and keeps getting up. That’s a prerequisite of the position, and definitely at BC. But he’s a guy you can count on every week.’’
St. Pierre has seen a steady progression in Rettig.
“It’s not maybe in leaps and bounds that some people want,’’ said St. Pierre. “But I think he has all the requisite tools. It’s just a matter of continuing to play.’’
The Eagles will have a few days off, then resume their game-week routine Sunday for their final home contest of the season against North Carolina State a week from tomorrow. BC finishes its season with road games at Notre Dame and Miami . . . With 20 tackles (12 solo), BC linebacker Luke Kuechly extended his nation-best streak of games with double-digit stops to 31 . . . Amazingly, BC ran two more plays (59) than Florida State, hardly indicative of the nature of the game . . . Florida State scored five touchdowns in six trips to the red zone . . . BC fell to 3-4 against the Seminoles in ACC competition.