starting right tackle is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL, sources told ESPN, putting a depleted position for the Eagles in further flux.
Cline’s injury marks the third key loss for Boston College on the offensive line. Starting left tacklewill miss his second-consecutive game with a knee issue and is considered week-to-week. All-ACC guard was lost this summer with a torn right ACL and is expected to miss the entire season.
Cline was one of five new full-time starters on BC’s offensive line to start the season. He’s a 6-foot-6, 314-pound redshirt sophomore from Boca Raton, Fla., who’d emerged as a starter in his third season in the program. He tore his ACL in Boston College’s loss at Virginia Tech on Saturday night, which dropped the Eagles to 0-2.
Boston College hosts Maine on Saturday before traveling to Florida State next week. That kicks off a stretch that includes hosting Louisville, hosting No. 5 Clemson and, after a bye, traveling to No. 19 Wake Forest.
Those offensive line losses combined have been compounded by the medical retirement of, the program’s incumbent starting tight end and best blocker at the position. That’s left a program long known for its identity on the line of scrimmage ranking last nationally — No. 131 overall — in rushing yards per game (16.5 yards).
BC’s overhauled offensive line is expected to look this way against Maine: Former preferred walk-on, a redshirt freshman, is expected to start at left tackle, redshirt senior at left guard, redshirt freshman at center, redshirt sophomore at right guard and redshirt junior at right tackle.