Boston College head coach Steve Addazio had a good start to his career at Boston College.
After the Eagles’ horrendous 2012 season where they mustered only two wins, Addazio increased the team’s win total in 2013 to seven and lost to Florida State and Clemson by a combined 24 points. That’s a win it itself.
Now it’s on to year two in the Addazio era.
Andrew Williams, and his 2,177 yards and 18 touchdowns are gone. As is quarterback Chase Rettig, starting wide receiver Alex Amidon, and both starting tackles Matt Patchan and Ian White.
On defense, starting defensive ends Kaleb Ramsey and Kasim Edebali have moved on. Furthermore, Addazio will have to find replacements for linebackers Kevin Pierre-Louis and Steele Divitto.
That’s a lot to replace to say the least.
The first order of business for Addazio will be replacing Retting under center. Addazio named Florida transfer Tyler Murphy the starter during spring football. Murphy threw for 1,216 yards and 6 touchdowns last season for the Gators after taking over for Jeff Driskel who suffered a season-ending injury.Murphy will bring a different skill set than Rettig who basically was a drop-back passer. Murphy has the ability to extend plays with his legs and will be counted on to do so. The Eagles will lean on Murphy’s experience in the SEC to help balance the Eagles offensive attack.
In the backfield, Myles Willis and Tyler Rouse will get majority of the carries for the Eagles this upcoming season. Both contributed last season. Willis ran for 346 yards and two touchdowns while Rouse ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns as well. They will be running behind four returning seniors who have a combined 77 starts among them.
The receiving corps is the most unproven unit of the offense. Expected starter Bobby Swigert returns after missing the entire 2013 season with an injury. Behind them, there is a lot of unproven depth, including on the line at tight end. Don’t be surprised to see the passing attack struggle for patches of the season.
Boston College returns most of its secondary, the incumbent leaders on defense but the Eagles will have to find some replacements up front. Addazio welcomes the return of defensive tackle Connor Wujciak and Mehdi Abdesmad who missed most of the season with a left knee injury. If Abdesman can stay healthy, he can provide a huge boost to the Eagles’ defensive line.
There are gaps in the middle of the field, as BC will have to replace two of their top three linebackers. Steven Daniels returns who had 71 tackles and 3 sacks last year. Outside linebacker Josh Keyes will be counted on to produce and 4-star freshman Connor Strachan could be a player to watch out for as well.
The Eagles’ schedule consists of out-of-conference games versus Massachusetts, USC, Maine and Coloroado State. The ACC slate will be tough. The Eagles will host Pittsburgh, Clemson, Louisville, and Syracuse at home and will travel toNC State, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, and Florida State.
The Eagles will have to figure out who the viable replacements on offense fast, before facing a tough conference schedule. It will be interesting to see how Steve Addazio does in his second season in Boston.