Boston College’s Steve Addazio

It can be argued Boston College has overachieved in Steve Addazio’s six seasons at the helm in Chesnut Hill. The Eagles are looking for their fourth consecutive bowl appearance and despite their modest recruiting rankings, have defeated Florida State, Miami and Virginia Tech over the past two seasons.

The counterpoint, however, is that Boston College has plateaued under Addazio’s conservative offensive approach. The last three seasons have been winning seasons, but just barely (7-6; 7-6; 7-5). Addazio is an offensive line coach by trade and it’s likely BC won’t take more downfield chances this season with all-conference performer AJ Dillon headlining in the backfield.

Quarterback Anthony Brown threw for just 2,120 yards last season, but is entering his third year as a starter, and should be comfortable with the scheme. The offense should be stable with returners at key positions, but the defense will be very young. Only four starters return from a defense that was no. 2 in interceptions a season ago.

BC is one of the five ACC teams that draws Notre Dame on its schedule, and while a difficult matchup, it’s a rivalry rooted in the traditions of the two Jesuit schools. Otherwise, the schedule is manageable. The Eagles won’t be given much of a chance to surprise Clemson Oct. 26th, but with Richmond, Kansas and Rutgers in Sept., BC should get off to a good start.

Addazio spent some of his time in a media breakout session at ACC Kickoff and made some interesting comments. Addazio has coached in both the ACC and SEC, and he made his case as to why he thinks his new conference has surpassed his old one.


2018 Boston College at a glance (compiled by Menachem Miller)

Boston College Eagles              7-5                      4-4                Cancelled Bowl Game

Steve Addazio 7th season      38-38                 18-30

  2018 ACC Rank NCAA Rank
Points Per game 32.0 6 39
Rushing Yards per game 189.2 8 48
Passing yards per game 215.3 9 80
Total yards per game 404.4 9 68
Points allowed per game 25.7 5 55
Rushing yards allowed per game 154.4 6 52
Passing yards allowed per game 247.8 10 95
Total yards allowed per game 402.3 7 70

The Eagles return 11 starters, 6 on offense, 4 on defense, and the Punter.

 Statistical Leaders Returning

Anthony Brown 2121 20 9 55.4
RB Games Yards TD AVG
A.J. Dillon 10 1149 11 4.9
Ben Glines 10 550 7 6.9
WR Games Yards TD REC
Kobay White 12 526 3 33
  Tackles TFL INT Sacks
Tanner Karafa 47 8.5 0 4.0
Isaiah McDuffie 85 5.5 0 3.5
Max Richardson 76 9.0 0 2.5
Brandon Sebastian 49 2.0 2 1.0

Returning Starters Offense                                        

QB Anthony Brown

RB A.J. Dillon

RB/WR Ben Glines

WR Kobay White

TE Chris Garrison

RT Ben Petrula

Returning Starters Defense

DT Tanner Karafa

LB Isaiah McDuffie

LB Max Richardson

CB Brandon Sebastian

Special Teams

P Grant Carlson

Key Losses

WR Jeff Smith

TE Tommy Sweeney

LT Aaron Monteiro

C Jon Baker

RG Chris Lindstrom

DE Zach Allen

DE Wyatt Ray

DT Ray Smith

LB Connor Strachan

CB Hamp Cheevers

CB Taj-Amir Torres

S Will Harris

S Lukas Denis