2008 Boston College Eagles Football Preview
2007 Boston College Record: (11-3, 6-2 ACC)
2007 Bowl: Champs Sports Bowl vs. Michigan State (W 24-21)
BC Head Coach: Jeff Jagodzinski (11-3 at Boston College, 11-3 overall)
Offensive Coordinator: Steve Logan
Defensive Coordinator: Frank Spaziani
Returning Leaders for Boston College:
Other Key Returnees: OT Anthony Castonzo, LB Robert Francois, LB Mike McLaughlin, TE Ryan Purvis, WR Brandon Robinson
Key Losses: RB Andre Callender, WR Kevin Challenger, OT Gosder Cherilus, LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar, DE Nick Larkin, QB Matt Ryan, S Jamie Silva, CB DeJuan Tribble, RB L.V. Whitworth
Coach Jeff Jagodzinski led Boston College to an 11-3 record and a trip to the ACC Championship game during his first year at the program. He was hired into a pretty good situation, but now he has to replace his stellar quarterback, a couple quality running backs and a couple superstars in the secondary. The Eagles have enough talent returning to make another run at a conference championship, but the great recruiting Coach Jagodzinski has done during his short time in Chestnut Hill means the best is yet to come.
Boston College's Strengths:
Despite the absence of linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar, the Boston College front seven is extremely talented and extremely experienced. Kevin Akins, Robert Francois, Mark Herzlich and Mike McLaughlin return after having productive 2007 seasons at linebacker, so there are plenty of options to help pick up Dunbar’s lost production. The return of Brian Toal, who sat out last season with an injury, could turn this into one of the best linebacker corps in the ACC. If he can stay healthy, Toal is a difference maker. Up front Alex Albright is back to cause havoc in the opposing backfield and he will be joined by Brady Smith on the other end and senior Ron Brace and emerging sophomore Damik Scafe in the middle. Senior B.J. Raji might take away a starting job from one of the tackles after missing last season, but no matter who starts, the front four has plenty of depth.
Boston College's Weaknesses:
Obviously a big concern is replacing the third overall pick in the NFL Draft. Chris Crane has the most experience to fill Matt Ryan’s big shoes, but the senior has only thrown 40 collegiate passes. Redshirt freshman Dominque Davis and former Idaho State and American River Junior College quarterback Codi Boek will be ready for their opportunity should Crane stumble. If the quarterbacks struggle, it will put a lot of pressure on true freshman Josh Haden. Haden, a 5-8, 190 pound running back, could be starting from day one and enrolled early at BC to get comfortable with the system during the spring and summer.
The Bottom Line for the Eagles:
Boston College ranked second in the nation in rush defense last year and it could be even better this time around. As long as the team can find serviceable replacements for corner back DeJuan Tribble and free safety Jamie Silva, the defense will be among the best in the ACC once again. That alone will lead to a relatively successful season, but the new faces at the skill positions will have to quickly live up to their potential, even if they greatly lack in experience, if the Eagles hope to repeat last year’s accomplishments.
2007 Boston College Eagles Team Stats:
Rushing Offense: 101.14 (106 th in nation, 9 th in conference)
Passing Offense: 323.93 (6, 1)
Total Offense: 425.07 (33, 1)
Scoring Offense: 28.29 (55, 3)
Rushing Defense: 75.50 (2, 1)
Pass Defense: 253.86 (88, 12)
Total Defense: 329.36 (19, 3)
Scoring Defense: 20.36 (20, 4)
Turnover Margin: .43 (30, 6)
Sacks: 2.50 (30, 6)
Sacks Allowed: 1.57 (36, 1)
By Joel Welser
Check out all of the 2008 NCAA college football previews online through College Sports Fans.
Copyright 2005-2009, CollegeSports-fans.com and the Dash Fans Network of Independent College Sports Fan Sites.