College Football Preview: The 2014 Boston College Eagles
2014 College Football Preview
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2013 Recap: The Boston College Eagles were one of the most improved teams in the country last season with a 7-6 record and a bowl bid for the first time in three seasons. The Eagles rode running back Andre Williams for much of the season, as he topped 2,000 yards and scored 18 touchdowns. Other than that, the Eagles struggled, as they had the worst defense in the ACC and a passing offense that was ranked 13th in the conference. Still, last season’s record was a major success under first-year head coach Steve Addazio.
Offense: The Eagles return only four starters on the offensive side of the ball and none of them are the key players from last season. Williams, who was Boston College’s workhorse, has been drafted by the New York Giants. Boston College also lost starting quarterback Chase Rettig, who threw 17 touchdowns and close to 2,000 yards last season. The Eagles also return only two offensive linemen. This isn’t a great recipe for success. The Eagles won’t be able to replace Williams’ production, but need to find a starting quarterback. Watch out for former Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy, who transferred during the offseason.
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Defense: Boston College had the worst defense in the ACC last season and now loses its top two tacklers in Steele Divitto and Kevin Pierre-Louis. Sack leader Kasim Edebali is also no longer on the team. If you thought it was bad news for the Eagles’ offense, things can be 10 times worse if this young Boston College defense isn’t able to get things together quickly. The good news is that Boston College does return its entire secondary from last season, a unit that did show promise at certain points in the season and should improve with another season under their belt.
Special Teams: Boston College lost versatile Nate Freese, who kicked the field goals and punted for the team last season. Last season, Freese made all 20 of his kicks and averaged close to 42 yards per punt.
Outlook: Considering Williams was pretty much the only reason Boston College accomplished anything last year, the Eagles enter this season a big question mark. With no quarterback and a defense that gave opponents whatever they wanted, this season could get ugly for Eagles’ fans. The schedule also isn’t easy for Boston College with USC, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Florida State and Louisville on tap. Barring a miracle, don’t expect this program to return to a bowl game this season.