While USC head coach Lane Kiffin just recently named sophomore Cody Kessler the team's starting quarterback, Boston College head coach Steve Addazio has had his QB locked in for quite a while now.
The first time I met Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig was back in 2009, he was just a senior at San Clemente High School after transferring from La Salle High School in Pasadena, prior to the beginning of football season.
Now, he is making his homecoming to Los Angeles and the Coliseum, hoping to lead his Eagles to a big road win over an unranked Trojan team.
Rettig is underway with his senior season at Boston College, and is already off to a good start, leading his team to an early 2-0 record in 2013 after defeating Villanova and ACC opponent Wake Forest. He is off to a hot start, completing 30 of 44 passes for 408 yards and 4 touchdowns to only one interception.
The 6'3, 212 pound quarterback is coming off a record season in 2012, in which he became the fourth player in BC history to throw for over 3,000 yards in a season (3,065). He also threw for 17 touchdowns and achieved a career high quarterback rating of 115.6, despite his team going a dismal 2-10. 2013 will be Rettig's third full season as the Eagle's full-time quarterback after starting all 12 games in 2011 and 2012 respectively. He started nine games as a true freshman in 2010.
Although the Atlanta Falcon's Matt Ryan is the current standout BC quarterback in the NFL, Rettig compared himself most to the Chicago Bear's Jay Cutler.
"He has a great arm, likes to control the game, and like me, loves to make big plays," said Rettig in 2009. He maintained though that Boston College really stood out to him initially when he was a highly touted recruit because of the many players that went on to play in the NFL after attending the school.
The all-american has definitely left his mark on the Eagle's passing game, throwing for more than 100 yards 30 times, more than 200 yards 13 times, and more than 300 yards four times.
While striving to become the next BC quarterback to make his mark in the NFL, Rettig has always stressed academics to be a big part of his regimen."Academics have always been very important to me," said Rettig, who achieved a 3.6 GPA in high school. He has continued this great work in the classroom at BC, earning the Athletic Director's Award for Academic Achievement in 2012.
When initially transferring over from La Salle to San Clemente, Rettig brought with him 3,800 yards and 40 touchdowns over two year, along with a recruiting frenzy that included Tennessee, Notre Dame, USC, and many other Pac-12 schools. In his final year at San Clemente, Rettig would go on to throw for 1,748 yards and 18 touchdowns, earning him the right to play in the Under Armour All-American Game.
All that being said, USC should have their hands full this weekend with Rettig at the helm for the Eagles. His professional ability to see and throw down the field, while also scramble and rush for yards could possibly give the Trojans defense, which didn't allow a touchdown against the Cougars, some problems.