Boston College quarterback Anthony Brown will undergo left knee surgery on Tuesday and is out for the remainder of season.
BC coach Steve Addazio made the announcement during his weekly press briefing Monday afternoon at Conte Forum.
Back-up Dennis Grosel, a 6-1, 220-pound, walk-on, redshirt sophomore from Willoughby, Ohio, will make his first career start when BC (3-3, 1-2) hosts North Carolina State (4-2, 1-1) on homecoming Saturday at Alumni Stadium.
* We feel so very sad for Anthony, he worked very hard to get himself to where he was,” Addazio said. * He is the seventh all-time passing leader at BC and heading to greater things this year. He's had a great career and he's prepared and practiced and put so much into it and we are so proud of him. It's a tough deal but he is tough guy and he'll bounce back. We are going to love him and support him and get him back to where he was. But his season has come to an end.”
Brown suffered a non-contact injury when his left knee buckled while rushing for a first down in the second quarter of BC's 41-39 conference loss to Louisville on Oct. 5 at Cardinal Stadium.
Brown is facing knee surgery for the second time in his BC career. Brown started nine games as a redshirt freshman in 2017 and was rated one of the top first-year quarterbacks in the country.
That year, Brown completed 134-of-258 passes for 1,367 yards and 11 touchdowns before suffering a season-ending right knee injury while rushing for a touchdown against the Wolfpack at Alumni Stadium on Nov. 11.
* I have a very good relationship with AB and obviously is it a very tough situation for him with him being our quarterback and a leader on this team,” said BC tailback AJ Dillon. * He's handled it tremendously in the time I've talked to him. He put a positive spin on it and a smile on his face. I guess that is all you can do and he is doing everything he can.”
Grosel was an active participant spring ball and training camp and had a firm command of the Eagles' * 12-personnel” offense when he entered the fray against the Cardinals. Grosel completed 9-of-24 passes for 111 yards and three touchdowns.
Grosel will go up against an NC State defense that's recorded 47 tackles for a loss, 26 sacks, 22 quarterback pressures and is ranked No. 1 in the ACC against the run. Grosel benefited from the bye week to work on the fundamentals and nuances required of a Power-5 conference quarterback.