Boston College will try to bounce back in ACC

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BOSTON (AP) -- Boston College is coming off its worst season since the turn of the millennium, and quarterback Chase Rettig is making it his job to turn things around.

The Eagles junior, who was thrust into the starting job early in his freshman year, presided over the team's 4-8 record last season -- its worst since 1998. It wasn't just Rettig, of course, but he knows he'll have to improve in order to get BC back to a bowl for the 13th time in 14 years.

"Just being the quarterback, you automatically take on a lot of responsibility," Rettig said this month at media day. "I'm just going to prepare as much as I can and try to bring BC to back where we were."

Rettig was expected to redshirt as a freshman in 2010, but coach Frank Spaziani gave up on 26-year-old former minor-league baseball player Dave Shinskie and then picked Rettig over sophomore Mike Marscovetra. Rettig struggled early -- he injured his ankle in his debut against Notre Dame -- but won his last five games of the regular season before a loss to Nevada in the Fight Hunger Bowl.

But BC struggled under Rettig last year, losing six of its first seven games. The Eagles went 3-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, finishing fifth in the six-team Atlantic Division.