Much like Wake Forest, the guys you see making plays for Boston College next season will not be anyone you remember from last season. The Eagles lost their surprise Heisman Trophy candidate Andre Williams to the New York Football Giants. You may recall Williams running for all of the yards and all of the touchdowns last season. In addition to Williams, starting QB Chase Rettig, 1,000 yard receiver Alex Amidon and two starting tackles were also lost to graduation. So who will carry the load this season?
The top candidate to #BeTheDude this season for the Eagles seems to be sophomore running back Myles Willis. Willis ran for 346 yards and 2 TDs last season at a clip of 5.8 yards per carry. In Coach Addazio's physical, run happy offense the combination of Willis and fellow sophomore Tyler Rouse will look to rekindle some of the magic that Andre Williams brought to Chestnut Hill last season.
The QB for the Eagles this season may be familiar to college football fans, as he was last seen on a team that featured guys blocking their own players. Of course I am referring to the Florida Gators and QB Tyler Murphy, who was 2-4 as a starter at Florida with a 61% completion percentage. The biggest question for BC may be their receiving corps, as Alex Amidon was pretty much their Michael Campanaro last season. A couple of these guys will need to see a large increase in production to fill that void: Bobby Swigert, Charlie Callinan, Dan Crimmins, Josh Bordner and Drew Barksdale.
Finally, the OL for BC that opened the holes for Andre Williams last season returns three starters but lost both tackles, including 2nd team All-ACC LT Matt Patchan. Looking to step into that role will be another Gator transfer, Ian Silberman.
Steve Addazio will be going into his second season as the HC of the Eagles after two seasons at Temple, his first college job. Previously, he spent five seasons as a position coach at Florida (thus, all the UF to BC transfers) and a couple at Indiana and Notre Dame as well. It is safe to say that Addazio surpassed pretty much everyone's expectations for his BC squad last season, but to build on that this season will be a tall task with so much turnover on the offensive side of the ball. Addazio's coordinators are OC Ryan Day, a holdover from the previous BC coaching staff, and DC Don Brown who Addazio hand-picked to join him in Chestnut Hill.
Stay tuned later this week as we preview the BC defense and special teams!