UMass-Boston College notes: Jon Baker 'doing fine'

CHESTNUT HILL — There were some scary flashbacks when Boston College center Jon Baker came off the field early in Saturday's 55-21 win over UMass at Alumni Stadium.

A year ago, Baker suffered a season-ending knee injury against Northern Illinois. On BC's opening series against the Minutemen, he jogged off the field and did not return, as redshirt freshman Alec Lindstrom took his place.

For a player who fought back all offseason to get back on the field, Baker had to be frustrated with his early setback. However, according to BC coach Steve Addazio, it will not be anything to worry about going forward.

"As per the new ACC rule now, I'm not able to comment on injuries, but (Baker)'s doing fine," Addazio said.

On the field, it did not affect the Eagles, as Lindstrom was solid filling in for Baker. The line paved the way for 302 yards rushing and allowed just one sack.

Not so special

OK, so the Eagles were not flawless in all three phases. When it comes to special teams, BC still has some work to do.

The kickoff coverage unit struggled, as UMass' Marquis Young had one return of 73 yards and finished with 153 on five attempts.

BC also had back-to-back penalties and a muffed snap on an extra-point attempt late in the second quarter.

Finally, punter Grant Carlson had to corral a poor snap on one attempt that he was able to somehow not take for a huge loss.

But, in the grand scheme of things, not much went wrong for BC.

Bright spots

There weren't many for the Minutemen, but if we had to pick out a few, one would certainly be quarterback Ross Comis, who completed 9-of-13 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown. Sure, some of that was in garbage time, but he led the only meaningful score for the Minutemen in the first half with his 49-yard hookup with Andy Isabella that set up a Young touchdown.

Isabella did not make a ton of noise, but made four receptions for 95 yards.

Defensively, even though the Minutemen could not stop the BC running game, when they did, inside linebacker Bryton Barr was usually in the middle of the action. He finished with 13.5 tackles, including 10 solo.


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