Saturday afternoon saw the first intrasquad scrimmage of 2013 Boston College spring football, and it saw the first roster casualty.
It was Rolandan Finch, formerly the primary running back for the Eagles, who announced that he would be leaving the program for “personal reasons.” The news was first reported by The Heights. It is unclear at this time if Finch intends to transfer.
Finch ends his Boston College football career having rushed for a total of 1,265 yards and five touchdowns. His finest performance in maroon and gold will remain the Oct. 29, 2011 game in the snow in Maryland where he netted 243 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
His BC tenure was also marked by injuries. In 2010, Finch was forced to redshirt after tearing his ACL in spring football, and he missed the start of the 2012 campaign after injuring his foot in a pre-season scrimmage.
The previous coaching regime very publicly lost faith in Finch over the course of the 2012 season, benching him after a few fumbles and giving him sporadic playing time for the rest of his time at BC.
Finch had some nice individual moments at Boston College, but a combination of elements prevented his time at the school from being consistently productive and strong. In his permanent absence, it would appear that a now-healthy Andre Williams will become the featured back for the Eagles; Dave Dudeck is a likely candidate for the back-up role.
This departure will be felt by the fans, but it is not an irreplaceable loss. With players recovering from injury and a few new faces in the program, there is at least a sliver of depth, especially considering that Williams is now healthy.
We wish Finch the best in his future endeavors.