2019 Boston College Football Season Preview
If Boston College is going to make it from the middle-of-the-pack in the ACC to the top of the conference, they will need someone other than running back AJ Dillon to step up–and that will be the question of the 2019 season.
2018 Record: 7-5 overall, 4-4 in ACC
Head Coach: Steve Addazio, 7th year, 38-38
Quarterback Anthony Brown returns for his third season as the starter of the Eagles–and he must improve on his 55 percent completion percentage. Sure, he made strides during his sophomore campaign (20:9 TD:INT ratio) but he struggled with consistency and failed to make defenses stop keying on Dillon in the backfield.
New offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian is looking to increase the overall production and scoring from this unit, because if we are being honest, the defense will be letting in some points.
We know about Dillon, but they have some depth behind him in David Bailey and receiving back Travis Levy. The running game will the feature of this offense, with the hope Brown continues to grow and ignites the passing attack.
It will all rest on the offensive line though–and that unit could struggle as they lost Chris Lindstrom (first-round pick to the Falcons) and two more starters up front. Head coach Steve Addazio has some talent to fill their shoes, but will there be any growing pains? Probably.
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 on the roster.
From the outside looking in–this defense will be one of the ACC’s worst. Heck, they were last year as they finished 11th in the conference and return just four starters.
Just like the offense, this defense is heading in a new direction with Bill Sheridan taking over coordinator duties.
Not many names to go over–but the linebacking corps will be the strongest unit as they return Isaiah McDuffie who registered 85 tackles last season. He will play on one side and the other side will be manned by Max Richardson who totaled 76 tackles a season ago. This group, along with Sheridan–who is known as a LB-wiz should lead the defense.
Other than that, new faces and unknowns fill the rest of the unit.
If the Eagles are going to become bowl eligible again, they will need to control the time of possession–something they struggled with last season–which is surprising when you have a ground attack that features AJ Dillon. But, when you quarterback completes less than 56 percent of his passes that will happen. The defense was taxed last season and they will not be any better this year.
Anthony Brown will be the X-Factor–if he takes the next step in his progression and become a legitimate passing threat this offense can be dangerous.
The schedule is brutal, especially closing out the season. The final six games include NC State, at Clemson, at Syracuse, Florida State, at Notre Dame, at Pittsburgh. If they win two of those games that will be huge for the team as a whole.