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Defense: The Boston College defense returns 7 starters from last season. Senior ILB Steele Divitto and senior LB Kevin Pierre-Louis are the unquestioned leaders of the defense heading into this season. Divitto is entering his third season as a starter and has averaged 82 tackles the past two seasons. Pierre-Louis has started from the moment he set foot on campus in 2010, but he has missed six games the past two seasons with injuries. Pierre-Louis is not the only player on this year’s squad with past injury issues, as CB Al Louis-Jean has been plagued with injuries the past few seasons along with DT Kaleb Ramsey. Louis-Jean is a third-year sophomore that has all-ACC potential if healthy and has good speed while playing physical in the secondary. Ramsey is a sixth-year senior who has the potential to reach the NFL if he can stay healthy. Ramsey may not get the starting spot at the beginning of the season, but if he’s healthy look for him to be a force up front as the season moves forward.
Final Analysis: There is not much talent on this Eagles squad, and this looks like a four-win team at best. Pierre-Louis and Divitto will show their talent and skill at the linebacker position but it won’t be enough to overcome the deficiencies on defense overall. Offensively, Amidon will show he’s one of the best wide receivers in the ACC, however the massive holes on offense will limit the team’s success. Boston College will play at USC and Clemson, while hosting Florida State this season. There is no doubt that the Eagles will play hard under Addazio, but it’s difficult to see this squad having much success in 2013.