HEAD COACH: Jeff Jagodzinski 0-0 overall in first season at Boston College.
RETURNING STARTERS: Offense: 7; Defense: 9.
KEY SIGNEES: OL John Elliott, LB Will Thompson, OL Mark Spinney, K Billy Bennett, LB Dan Williams. OL Nick Schepis.
KEY LOSSES: OG Josh Beekman, OT James Marteen, WR Tony Gonzalez, SS Ryan Glasper, CB, Larry Anam.
OFFENSE: With a new head coach and coaching staff, the offense of old, which ran and ran and ran, is gone. Head coach Jeff Jagodzinski and new offensive coordinator Steve Logan have opened things up and have installed a newer offense that resembles that of most of the teams in the ACC. Senior quarterback Matt Ryan has a big arm and likes to throw down field. This year, he'll get more chances to do so, as well as be in somewhat control of the play calling. The coaches are allowing him to make audibles at the line of scrimmage. His top go-to guys at receiver are expected to be sophomore Clarence Megwa and junior Brandon Robinson. In the backfield, seniors Andre Callender and L.V. Whitworth will likely split the duties, with Whitworth getting the carries in short yardage situations. The offensive line is a concern with the loss of two starters and a new zone blocking scheme now in place.
DEFENSE: The only assistant not to follow former coach Tom O'Brien to N.C. State was defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani. And who could blame him considering the Eagles have all four of their starting linemen and all three of their starting linebackers. The line is anchored by tackle B.J. Raji, a 2006 All-ACC selection, and linebacker Jolonn Dunbar, the team's leading tackler last season. The biggest question is whether or not star outside linebacker Brian Toal will return from off-season shoulder surgery. The secondary returns three seniors and a junior, including All-American candidate DeJuan Tribble at cornerback. Free safety Jamie Silva is also a potential all-conference player. But there could be trouble with the other two positions, despite their experience.
BY THE NUMBERS: 3 – Number of interceptions returned for a touchdown last year by cornerback DeJuan Tribble.
QB Matt Ryan
RB L.V. Whitworth