After a tough loss against Louisville on Saturday, the Eagles are now 3-5 and have lost four in a row. Head Coach Steve Addazio and the team are looking forward to hosting West Virginia in hopes of winning their first ACC game this season.
The Louisville defense is ranked 19th in the country and the Eagles’ young and injury plagued offense were challenged. According to Addazio, who addressed the media in his weekly press conference on Monday, said the offense needs to do a better job of protecting the quarterback.
Addazio does not attribute the struggles on the offensive line to the mental game but to their inexperience. The young players are going up against veterans and it is expected for them to be beat one-on-one.
The Eagles have been facing some of the top defenses in the country and the offense has been able to hold their own against them. Three of the teams Boston College has faced this year has their defense ranked in the top-10 and the team's ability to go toe-to-toe with top-tier defenses is impressive and Addazio stressed the importance of staying positive.
“I really tend to look at the positives that are there. I know what the negatives are and I can't necessarily change those immediately right now,” said Addazio. “Some of the things we are certainly working on to change but some of them take time, experience and healthy players.”
The running back situation for the Eagles is still an issue, as they might have to resort to Richard Wilson, who Addazio was trying to utilize him as a full back. There it still hope for Myles Willis and Jordan Gowins to be healthy ,but Addazio needs them to be able to practice before the game.
According to Addazio, Willis is the healthiest of the running backs and he looks to use him this week along with Wilson. Tyler Rouse is still on a day-to-day basis.
As for the quarterback position, a walk-on freshman, John Fadule, will be the backup for Troy Flutie until Jeff Smith is healthy. Smith, who has been starting of late, got beat up in last week's game, but the Eagles expect him to be ready to go later in the week.
Addazio is keeping an open mind with who he will start at quarterback. He stated in the press conference on Monday that he would consider Fadule, Troy Flutie, or Smith. Addazio emphasized that the Eagles need at the minimum two quarterbacks to be game ready. If Smith is not healthy by Saturday, the second string will be Fadule.
This week, BC will be facing another strong defensive team in Virginia Tech. They were ranked 42nd in the country in total defense with some of their top defensive backs out due to injury.
Look for the Eagles to battle offensively but with many of the key players being on a day-to-day basis, the offense might not have a set line-up until game day.
Eagles defense has a few injuries as well. Kamrin Moore is out for the season after he had surgery in Louisville. There is a possibility that Steven Daniels and Ty Schwab will be healthy for the game.
Special teams is the most consistent unit on the team for Addazio. He stated in the press conference the Eagles are one of the best coverage teams in the nation and just need to improve on kicking field goals.
With the Eagles struggling, Addazio is remaining positive and looking to future seasons to keep the morale up.
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“It's a team that will be strong in the future. I know there's frustration, especially on offense. But they'll get better,” said Addazio. “It doesn't happen in a day or a year, but in the big scheme of things, we know we've got a tough football team with talent.”