2014 BOSTON COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW
June 18, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
The 2014 Boston College football preview
2013 Record: (7-6, 4-4)
The Eagles are going to be in a transition year after losing players like Andre Williams, Chase Rettig, Alex Amidon, and Matt Patchan. Only three starters return on the offenses side of the football. Florida transfer Tyler Murphy has now distinguished himself as the starting quarterback. Murphy did play in nine games last year for the Florida Gators. Murphy is slightly better than freshman quarterback Darius Wade and redshirt freshman James Walsh. Murphy has more quickness and is a better runner and makes better decisions when throwing the football. The Eagles will be young at running back returning their top playmaker in Myles Willis. Willis finished 2013 with 346 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Willis will be in the shadow of Heisman finalist Andre Williams. The Eagles will also look to newcomer Jonathan Hilliman a four star signee in the 2013 recruiting class. One position that will be a question mark for the Eagles will be at wide receiver as three key players left the program from a year ago and Harrison Jackson is rehabbing from a torn ACL. Bobby Swigert will get the majority of the receptions in 2014. He returns after missing most of 2012 with a leg injury. The offense of line returns three starters including right guard Harris Williams.
The Eagles defense will return eight starters including linebackers Tim Joy, Sean Duggan and Mike Strizak. The defense of line will be young and inexperienced. True freshman Harold Landry will have to make an immediate impact. Landry and rolled early at BC so he could fill a big hole in that defense of line. If Landry learns quick enough he could be the starter on August 30th. Mehdi Abesmad is returning on the defense of line after having two sacks in four games last year but he is returning from the surgery. Mehdi could be the best pass rusher the Eagles have. Boston College does have issues in their secondary after Al Louis-Jean declared early for the National Football League draft. Cornerbacks Bryce Jones and CJ Jones will start on the corners. Dominique Williams and Shawn Sylvia will be the strong and free safeties in their senior years.
Boston College won seven games last year and went to a bowl game. Winning seven games in 2014 could be difficult because they will have so many new players on the offenses side of the football. It appears right now Boston College will be building for the future not 2014.
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