College Football Preview: The 2015 Boston College Eagles
Boston College Eagles Preview
2014 Record: 7-6 (6th in the ACC) Lost Pinstripe Bowl to Penn State 31-30
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Overview: Steve Addazio has turned the Boston College Eagles into a winning program again, as he’s won 14 games in two seasons and reached back-to-back bowl games. Boston College has become a respectable team in the ACC, but now has to have its eyes set on its first bowl win since 2007. Expectations seem to be expanding for Addazio and his football team.
Offense: Boston College has a new offensive coordinator in Todd Fitch and has to replace a ton of guys on this side of the ball. The offensive line will feature five new faces and the starting quarterback will be Darius Wade, a sophomore who has just eight career passes. Boston College’s offense ranked 83rd in the country last season and unless OL and QB aren’t answered fast, those numbers aren’t going to improve much. The good news is that Jon Hilliman is a running back who topped 800 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns as a freshman Myles Willis averaged more than five yards per carry. Also, Dan Crimmins is a sure handed target at wide receiver and Sherman Alston came on late last season as a speedy WR.
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Defense: The strength of this Boston College team will remain the defensive front with guys such as Kevin Kavalec, Connor Wujciak and Malachi Moore returning. Those three players combined for 24 tackles for loss last season and helped Boston College rank second in the country against the run. Steven Daniels is a playmaking linebacker who returns for his senior season and Justin Simmons returns as the team’s leading tackler from last season. Keep an eye on Kamrin Moore this season, as the young defensive back has high potential. Overall, Boston College has become a physical team on the defensive side of the ball and doesn’t allow anybody to push them around. You can expect much of the same with the unit that returns.
Special Teams: Alex Howell returns at punter after averaging 42.5 yards on 65 attempts. Howell will also take over the kicking duties after making 50 percent of 10 attempts.
Overall: Boston College is going to remain a threat to the ACC with its physical defense that stops the run at an elite level. However, Addazio must get his offense going if the Eagles are going to truly take the next step in this conference. There’s a lot of questions offensively that need answers before anybody can even label Boston College as an ACC sleeper this season.