Coach Addazio's Biggest Tasks This Spring

After graduating their starting quarterback and all five offensive linemen, the Eagles are looking to retool their offense this spring to ready themselves for next fall. Does the Maroon and Gold have enough depth and experience to continue their successful running attack?

The offense of the Boston College Eagles was predicated on two things last season: an experienced offensive line and a read-option offense run by Tyler Murphy. In 2015, the Eagles graduated all five of their starting linemen and their quarterback. Finding players to fill those gaps is Coach Steve Addazio’s biggest tasks this spring.

The offensive line is the Eagles’ biggest problem. The Eagles had great depth and experience in Coach Addazio’s two seasons at the helm. But after graduating five starters, Boston College is struggling up front. Coach Addazio told Rivals.com that there are only seven and a half linemen on the depth chart. Teams are usually two or three deep at all five positions. A handful of incoming O-linemen will join the team this fall. But getting the new guys accustomed to the Eagles’ offense and line calls will be difficult. Good offenses are built on good offensive lines and those seven or eight guys must put the work in this spring and summer for the Eagles to win the battle in the trenches.

Boston College also lost the number one rushing quarterback in ACC history, Tyler Murphy. The All-New England honoree ran the read-option with third-team All-ACC Jon Hilliman. The duo made the Eagles the second-best running attack in the conference and 14th in the nation. BC retained Hilliman's services and Tyler Murphy will be on the sidelines assisting the team, but the Eagles must still select a starting quarterback. Darius Wade, Troy Flutie, and Elijah Robinson are all vying for the job. Rivals.com reported last week that all three played about the same, with Wade having the edge. Wade is the only player to have time under center, as the rising sophomore received 10 snaps last fall.

Whoever quarterbacks the offense this fall has a great running back and a solid receiving core at his disposal. Wade, Flutie, and Robinson have all proven this spring and in high school that they are mobile, dual-threat guys. Hopefully one can step up and lead the offense, command the inexperienced offensive line, and rack up points on the scoreboard.

The wide-receiving corps, running backs, and defense are all solid and decently experienced. The kicking game will figure itself out as Mike Knoll had a season to get his head on straight and incoming freshman Colton Lichtenberg will compete for the starting job. Coach Addazio must focus his attention on the offense, because the quarterback and offensive line positions are still up in the air.The offense of the Boston College Eagles was predicated on two things last season: an experienced offensive line and a read-option offense run by Tyler Murphy. In 2015, the Eagles graduated all five of their starting linemen and their quarterback. Finding players to fill those gaps is Coach Steve Addazio’s biggest tasks this spring.

The offensive line is the Eagles’ biggest problem. The Eagles had great depth and experience in Coach Addazio’s two seasons at the helm. But after graduating five starters, Boston College is struggling up front. Coach Addazio told Rivals.com that there are only seven and a half linemen on the depth chart. Teams are usually two or three deep at all five positions. A handful of incoming O-linemen will join the team this fall. But getting the new guys accustomed to the Eagles’ offense and line calls will be difficult. Good offenses are built on good offensive lines and those seven or eight guys must put the work in this spring and summer for the Eagles to win the battle in the trenches.

Boston College also lost the number one rushing quarterback in ACC history, Tyler Murphy. The All-New England honoree ran the read-option with third-team All-ACC Jon Hilliman. The duo made the Eagles the second-best running attack in the conference and 14th in the nation. BC retained Hilliman's services and Tyler Murphy will be on the sidelines assisting the team, but the Eagles must still select a starting quarterback. Darius Wade, Troy Flutie, and Elijah Robinson are all vying for the job. Rivals.com reported last week that all three played about the same, with Wade having the edge. Wade is the only player to have time under center, as the rising sophomore received 10 snaps last fall.

Whoever quarterbacks the offense this season has a great running back and a solid receiving core to throw to. Wade, Flutie, and Robinson have all proven this spring and in high school that they are mobile, dual-threat guys. Hopefully one can step up and lead the offense, command the inexperienced offensive line, and rack up points on the scoreboard.

The wide-receiving corps, running backs, and defense are all solid and decently experienced. The kicking game will figure itself out as Mike Knoll had a season to get his head on straight and incoming freshman Colton Lichtenberg will compete for the starting job. Coach Addazio must focus his attention on the offense, because the quarterback and offensive line positions are still up in the air.


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