Boston College Offensive Preview

Boston College's offense revolves around one player, but he's a good one. Read on to see why Andre Williams is dangerous, the keys to stopping BC's offense, and more.

When Boston College faces Arizona on Tuesday, its offensive strategy will be clear- give the ball to Andre Williams and do so often.

The senior running back won the Doak Walker Award this season due to his 2,102 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns.

Although some would like to point out that he feasted on weaker opponents, Williams still had strong games against respectable teams.

He was able to run 28 times for 149 yards against Florida State and 166 yards and two touchdowns against Virginia Tech. However, he also only ran for 38 yards on 17 carries against USC and 70 yards on 24 carries against Clemson.

People can argue about Williams' numbers all day, but there is no denying that he is talented. Boston College will line up in numerous power formations and give him the ball with no tricks. He hasn't caught one pass all season, so you basically know what you are going to get with the 6-foot-0, 227-pound back.

When Williams is not getting the ball, 6-foot-3 senior quarterback Chase Rettig is trusted to run the offense and is able to do what is asked of him.

Rettig is only going to throw the ball 20-25 times per game and a lot of it is to keep the defense honest. He did throw for 1,804 yards with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions and there is some talent there.

There were four games in which Rettig failed to throw for 100 yards and he only threw for 200 yards twice, against Army and New Mexico State. Basically, against better pass defenses, the game is not put in Rettig's hands.

The quarterback does have some talent to throw to though, as highlighted by 6-foot-0, senior Alex Amidon.

Amidon has accounted for nearly half of Rettig's passing yards, as he has 67 grabs for 903 yards and five touchdowns. The passing game goes through Amidon and with the respect opponents pay to Williams, he is usually the main beneficiary.

Beyond Amidon, there really is not much in the passing game. The second best receiver on the Eagles is tight end Mike Naples, who only has nine catches for 198 yards and a touchdown.

Boston College has only allowed 20 sacks on the season and obviously has to be decent if Williams put up the numbers that he did this season.

Players to Watch:

#44, RB Andre Williams: This goes without saying. If Boston College is going to have any offensive success and chance of winning this game, it will be because Williams lets it. He is one of the best backs in the country and his name will be called often.

#11, QB Chase Rettig: The Eagles call on Rettig to keep teams honest and once in a while let him throw down field. His arm is not awful and his decision-making is fine, so he is really the main player to watch besides Williams.

#89, TE Mike Naples: Naples has four straight games with a catch and we get the feeling BC might try to use him more, especially when you look at the past success teams have had with tight ends against Arizona.

Keys to the Game:

1. Contain the run: Arizona is not going to stop Williams, but if it can hold him to a modest yards per carry average and keep him from running wild, that will be a victory in itself. We assume the Wildcats are going to load the box in order to make sure this happens and it probably needs to in order to have a chance to win.

2. Don't extend drives: Williams is capable of getting a few yards and penalties or missed tackles would really hurt Arizona in this one. The defense needs to make sure it ends plays and drives when they should be ended.

3. Tackle effectively: Arizona has been inconsistent with its tackling and that can't happen here. It needs to be fundamentally sound and get Williams and others down on the initial hit as much as possible.


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