Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Boston College Eagles season with what you need to know.
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players | Key Players, Games, Stats
– What Will Happen, Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Boston College Previews 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015
2018 Record: 7-5 overall, 4-4 in ACC
Head Coach: Steve Addazio, 7th year, 38-38
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BOSTON COLLEGE OFFENSE
– Can the offense that died down the stretch and struggled with the explosive plays start to do more on a consistent basis? It was the program’s best scoring season since 2007, but it was front-loaded with blowout wins early on. Now it’s up to new offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian to crank up the attack a bit more considering – with this defense – around 30 points a game should get the job done.
– The passing game has to improve. Anthony Brown has to be far more accurate after completing just 55% of his passes, and he has to stay in one piece, but he’s careful with the ball and can move enough to take off a bit more. The backup situation isn’t bad with EJ Perry seeing time last year, stepping in against Clemson when Brown went down.
– The O line loses Chris Lindstrom and two other starters after and okay year from the front five, but nothing dominant. Junior Ben Petrula can play anywhere on the line, and senior John Phillips should rise up into more of a factor at one guard spot, but this will be a work in progress, especially at the tackles.
– AJ Dillon could use a little more help. The workhorse back is one of the nation’s most effective power runners with over 2,600 yards and 24 touchdowns in his two years, but he’s not alone. 6-1, 245-pound battering ram David Bailey ran for 253 yards in his short stint, and junior Travis Levy can be used more as a receiver as well as a quick option.
– The O line will be the biggest early concern, but it’ll be fine with a little time. The receiving corps will be the second problem after losing three of the top four targets. Leading receiver Kobay White is back after catching 33 passes for 526 yards and three scores, and now someone else has to step up and produce. No other wideout made more than 20 catches, and TE Tommy Sweeney is done after coming up with 32 grabs.