With Paul Peterson having secured the starting quarterback spot with his 3-0 record down the stretch, Boston College Head Coach Tom O’Brien will most likely have a season free of controversy at the QB position. Well, at least in 2004.
For B.C.’s only recruit at the quarterback position, Chris Crane (Camp Hill, PA), is waiting for his chance to compete for the number one position.
“Most likely I’ll red-shirt next year,” said Crane on Wednesday. “Then the year after that no one will really have experience… I’ll be able to compete….”
“I don’t see where I’d get the opportunity to play [next year] because we have two really good quarterbacks in Quinton Porter and [Paul] Peterson. I’m sure they’ll be able to get the job done.”
While Crane will most likely remain behind the scenes in 2004, he could play an important role for the Eagles down the road— especially if his collegiate statistics mirror what he was able accomplish during his career at Trinity High School.
3,039 career yards. 28 touchdowns. 270 yards on the ground.
At 6’5, 215— this kid can play.
“I really liked Virginia, Stanford, Clemson and Boston College,” said Crane. “It came down to basically those four.”
During the summer Crane attended a one-day summer camp at the Heights. There he met with O’Brien and Dana Bible, the team’s Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach.
“He told me how they run a pro-style offense, which is very complementary to my game,” said Crane. “There’s a lot of rolling out and drop-back passing… it’s going to be complicated. But for a quarterback, that was what I was looking for.”
At the Virginia Tech Nike Camp, Crane ran the 40-yard dash at an impressive 4.53. However, at this point in time, there are no plans to convert him to a different position, such as wide receiver.
Crane’s quickness will definitely give Bible an array of options calling the plays. Crane compares himself to Arkansas quarterback Matt Jones, who is best known for his speed.
“[Jones] moves around pretty well and throws the ball,” said Crane. “I think my game is similar to his in that I like to move around, but I also like drop back and throw the ball… if you get into trouble… you have to have the ability to make something out of nothing.”
Crane knows that Division-I competition is a big step up from high school. In fact, during the off-season he will work on all the aspects of his game, including his ability to read the defense and find his receiver before the ball is even snapped.
“You can always include the footwork, lifting, and your overall mechanics,” said Crane. “I’m going to have to keep working on everything.”
While the decision to red-shirt is not definite at this point, there is no doubt Crane will start the 2004 campaign carrying the clipboard. Nevertheless, as soon as 2005, expect to see Crane competing for the starting role as O’Brien’s number one guy.