Marten Ready for PSU

Jim Marten

<b>James Marten</b> is one of three players on BC's roster hailing from Indiana who opened the season in his own backyard, so to speak. What is <b>Jeremy Trueblood</b>'s status for Saturday, and if he is unable to go, what can BC fans expect from Marten at left tackle?

When Jeremy Trueblood, the anchor of Boston College's offensive line, went down in the first half against Ball State, most BC fans- and Trueblood himself- thought the worst.

"He was pretty upset," said sophomore offensive tackle/guard James Marten. "He thought it was an ACL."

As it turns out the injury that looked ugly on an internet video feed was no more than a sprain, and Jeremy Trueblood might even play against Penn State. At the time, though, Trueblood was expecting the worst.

"He had over 90 people there supporting him, so I know he was pretty upset about that," said Marten. "Ball State's a big game for us, it's only 45 minutes away from our houses."

BC fans should temper their enthusiasm, however, about whether or not Trueblood will take the field on Saturday.

"It's up in the air, he didn't practice yesterday," said Marten on Wednesday afternoon. "It'd be nice if we had him to play; it's up to his body. There's a chance he could play though, for sure."

If Trueblood is unable to suit up, Marten will assume the role of left tackle, the anchor of the Boston College offensive line. While Marten has never started a game at left tackle, he started on the right side in 2003's San Francisco Bowl. The sophomore from Indianapolis is confident that he can step in adeptly at left tackle.

"I played the 2nd half of the Ball State game at left tackle and I rotated in at left tackle all last year so I feel really comfortable at it," said Marten. "I was just getting comfortable at guard but either/or is fine."

Marten is convinced that with himself at left tackle and Shadu Moore at left guard the BC offensive line will be just fine if Trueblood can not suit up on Saturday night.

Marten discussed the difference between tackle and guard.

"Guard is more strength and brute force, more technique," said the 6-8 sophomore. "Tackle is more athletic and dealing with speed rushers; I deal with Mathias Kiwanuka in practice every day- it's pretty tough."

Marten knows that Penn State- who started four new players along the defensive line in 2003- will be returning an experienced unit in '04. While BC may have been able to exploit their inxperience in 2003, they will be much improved with a year under their belt.

"The players are pretty much the same... last year they were good but this year they're even better," said Marten on Wednesday.

"I'd say we just have to come out and play as hard as we can on Saturday," said Marten. "But they're definitely capable of taking it to us if we're not ready to play."

Hopefully for BC fans, with an offensive line of Marten-Moore-Ross-Beekman-Cherilus, the Eagles will be ready to battle in the trenches with Joe Paterno's Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday night.

Michael Chevallier is the publisher of EagleInsider.com. He can be reached at EagleInsiderGuru@aol.com.

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