Colin Larmond Jr. made a brief appearance at Boston College media day on Friday. Not many people wanted to talk to the 6-foot-3 inch 202 pound wide receiver because quite frankly Larmond hasn’t done all that much in an injury plagued career that has dimmed the promise Larmond showed as a talkative, up beat freshman when he first arrived at the Heights in the summer of 2008.
A knee injury knocked him out of the 2010 season and last year was more of recovery process as he showed flashes of what he could be, what he once was, leading the team with 528 receiving yards and a 13.5 per catch average. But Larmond, who the Eagles regarded and still regard as their deep threat had only 3 TD passes. For his career, the numbers are more sobering 73 catches, 9 TDs–a pretty decent season for a top flight WR, not a career.
Larmond is different now than the kid that arrived at the Heights with a walk and a talk that suggested that part of the place might be his when he left.
He’s certainly not a kid anymore, picking up his degree in communications in May. By the time he is ready to leave the Heights this winter he’ll be closing in on his 23rd birthday.
“”I had been through a little bit of adversity,” said Larmond, sitting in the stands of Alumni Stadium, “seeing a lot of those guys in my class, leaving. I’m not sure if I’m back to my old self.”
The old self was before he tore up his knee in a freak practice misstep before the start of the 2010 season. He came back last season, but was forced to wear a brace that did as much to restrict his confidence in what he could do as to keep the knee in place. “It hindered me,” said Larmond. “It kept squeezing the back of my leg. Now, I feel close to 100 percent, I’m much more fluid. I’m not thinking about the knee. I realize I can play.”
The Eagle coaching staff has told Larmond what they want him to do. “He’s our deep threat, our big play guy,” said new offensive coordinator Doug Martin who wants to put BC into an attack frame of mind rather than an reactive mode on offense.
Larmond, who says that Randy Moss is his football role model, says he can’t wait for the chance. “If we can get it out there, if we get the right situation, I will be more than happy to get it. As far as going after the deep ball, I can’t deny it, that’s my passion.”
As Larmond talks, he starts to laugh. It is a deep genuine laugh of eager anticipation, the same kind of laugh he had during his freshman season when he would trash talk with the veterans about how he was going to make the deep catches.
Larmond has matured somewhat. “”It’s not just always about the deep ball,’ says Larmond, getting serious again for an instant. “That’s something I had to learn over the past few years. You might only get that call once or twice a game.”
Larrmond has worked hard to come all the way back in his final season at BC. He has gone to Massachusetts General for physical therapy on his leg twice a week all summer. “It has helped me to become more explosive,” he says, with a grin starting to form on his face.
Larmond says that his past has helped him prepare for the future. “”I grew up in the church and after my injury when I was down about not playing, my mother told me God has a different plan for you. When I came back, I didn’t want to hang my head down. We had a lot of young guys around here. I didn’t take things for granted any more. I viewed this as an opportunity that doesn’t come to everyone. I learned not to take anything for granted. I learned that in the blink of an eye things could be taken away. It gave me a new perspective. It made me think things through.”
Larmond said he learned a lot from former wide receiver and co captain Rich Gunnell when Larmond was a freshman. Gunnell, who is now grad assistant on BC coach Frank Spaziani’s staff, offered on the field and off the field wisdom. “I had to get out of the teenager mentality I had to think things through like a man,” said Larmond. “I want to help this team win games. I want to help us back to the BC that was here when I was getting recruited. I want to come back here as an alumnus and say that we raised the bar high and that players after us will raise it and raise it some more. I want to say that we started this, that after we fell off we brought it back. It’s going to be so great to see this place get back to where it has been and where it should be.”
Bad news for BC before the first drill with pads. Tight end and co-captain Chris Pantale broke a bone in his right foot and is out indefinitely. To make matters worse (at least temporarily) highly regarded freshman tight end Mike Giacone has been sidelined with a concussion. Spazini says he will move some people around and make adjustments, with junior Mike Naples moving into the starting tight end slot. First practice in pads on Friday afternoon, first scrimmage Saturday evening.
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