The Boston College Eagles 2013 College Football Preview
2012 Record: 2-10; ACC 1-7
Introduction: The Boston College Eagles finished the 2012 season with a miserable 2-10 record, 1-7 in the ACC. The Eagles had a player selected in the NFL draft seven consecutive years up until this past April and there is a chance it might not happen again next April. Since 2007, the Eagles have been getting progressively worse. As a result, there has been a coaching change with Steve Addazio coming from Temple to take over for the fired Frank Spaziani.
Offense: The Eagles offense returns six starters from last season, including senior QB Chase Rettig. Rettig will play behind an offensive line that only returns junior C Andy Gallik and junior RT Seth Betancourt. Rettig will be extremely happy to have senior WR Alex Amidon back from last season as well. Amidon is only 5-foot-11 and 186 pounds, but he finished last season with 78 catches, 1,210 yards and 7 touchdowns. Amidon was second in the ACC in receptions and yardage and fifth in touchdowns, which earned him first-team All-ACC honors. Senior RB Andre Williams has shared carries in each of his first three seasons but should be the unquestioned featured back this fall under Addazio, who prefers a run-first offense. Williams doesn’t have great speed, but he is a physical runner who is comfortable running inside.
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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.