August 7, 2007

It's Official: Toal no go for 2007

The Boston College defense will have to play without their physical and emotional leader on defense in 2007 as senior-to-be Brian Toal has confirmed that he won't play this upcoming season. Toal will redshirt following surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder back in March.

"I met with coach Jags last week, I think it was Monday or Tuesday, and we both agreed it would be best for everyone if I were to redshirt this upcoming season," said the 6-foot-1, 240-pound linebacker. "I'm just not going to be healthy and we felt it would make more sense if I were to sit out the season, get to 100-percent and come back for my fifth year."

Toal injured his shoulder in the second game of last season on the first defensive series against Clemson. However, the talented linebacker didn't miss a game. He played exclusively on offense against NC State and Maine but played both ways against everyone else.

"It bothered me all season, sometimes worse than others," said Toal. "When it first happened I knew something was wrong. I went to the sidelines after that first defensive series against Clemson and they did some resistance tests on it. I didn't have any strength in the shoulder at all. The next day I couldn't even put my pads on or raise my arm at all."

Despite constant pain, Toal played on. But it was clear he wasn't right. On BC's first touchdown, Toal tried to stiff arm a defender on a 1-yard TD run and the pain was apparent.

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