Wide receiver Colin Larmond, one of just three senior wide receivers on the Boston College roster, was suspended Monday for violating team rules, coach Frank Spaziani said.
No timetable was given for the length of Larmond’s suspension.
“Nothing’s definite,” Spaziani said.
Larmond, who missed two games this season with a leg injury, traveled with the team to Florida State last weekend. The suspension was handed down once the team returned.
“We don’t let things linger,” Spaziani said. “So justice is swift.”
Larmond was banged up in the season opener against Miami. The next week, he was in the stands at Alumni Stadium with Celtics rookie forward Jared Sullinger, watching the Eagles beat Maine, their only win of the season.
Larmond has caught just one pass for 8 yards, coming on Oct. 6 against Army.
After playing in six games as a true freshman in 2008, Larmond emerged as one of the Eagles most reliable receivers.
He played in all 13 games as a sophomore in 2009, making 29 catches for 596 yards and five touchdowns.
After missing all of 2010 with a left knee injury, he was the Eagles’ second-leading receiver last year.
Larmond played all 12 games, with 39 grabs for a team-high 528 yards and three touchdowns.
This year, though, junior wideout Alex Amidon has emerged as the most potent receiving weapon in an offense averaging 281.3 passing yards per game.
Quarterback Chase Rettig has completed passes to at least five receivers in five of the Eagles’ six games this season, getting comfortable with targets other than Larmond.
Johnathan Coleman (16 catches, 242 yards, 3 touchdowns) and sophomore Spiffy Evans (13 catches, 161 yards, 1 TD) have filled out the corps of receivers.
After missing the first three weeks with a knee injury, Bobby Swigert, the Eagles’ leading receiver last season, returned against Clemson and caught his first touchdown of the year last week against Florida State.
Tight end Chris Pantale also made his return last week against the Seminoles and expects to be more involved in the offense this week against Georgia Tech.
Surgery for Kimble
Tahj Kimble will have surgery on the injured knee that’s kept him on the sideline the past three games, likely ending his season.
At the start of the season, the sophomore was expected to be a part of a trio of rushers, with Andre Williams and Rolandan “Deuce” Finch, but after catching eight passes for 130 yards in the season opener against Miami, his production — and consequently his participation — dropped off.
He was first injured the knee in a seven-on-seven drill last summer, then aggravated it in a preseason scrimmage. The injury nagged at him all the way through the Northwestern game, until he finally sat out against Clemson.
At the same time, Finch fell out of the depth chart, leaving Williams as the feature back and freshman David Dudeck as his backup.
“These guys all understand the philosophies,” Spaziani said. “Nothing’s tattooed on you. You earned it. You keep it. Dre’s doing a good job and [Dudeck] has been real good. Giving us what we want.”
Finch, who battled injuries and off-the-field issues at the start of the season, has been in Spaziani’s doghouse and the coach said he doesn’t expect that to change this week.
“Deuce is working and practicing hard,” Spaziani said. “But you won’t see him.”
Georgia Tech made a major change over their bye week, firing defensive coordinator Al Groh and promoting former secondary coach Charles Kelly on an interim basis. With that, the Yellow Jackets abandoned Groh’s 3-4 defense.
“Certainly Al is very knowledgeable in what he does, and he’s probably as knowledgeable as anybody in the country in two-gap and what they do from that aspect of it,” said Yellow Jackets coach Paul Johnson.
”For me personally, here it wasn’t working. It could have been personnel, it could have been a lot of things, but it just wasn’t working. But I think it could certainly be a good scheme and clearly he knows what he’s doing with it, there’s no question about that. He’s done it for a long time and had a lot of success with it.
Georgia Tech is giving up 30.2 points and 431.0 yards per game, and in each of the Yellow Jackets last three losses they’ve given up at least 40 points.
The Eagles can empathize.
“They’ve had issues,” Spaziani said. “Our luck, they’re trying to solve them this week. They’ve had some problems. They’ve given up some big plays.
“They’ve had fundamental, structural issues and obviously they thought they had to make a change and get a philosophy different than what they had.”Julian Benbow can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.