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2014 Boston College Recruiting Class Analysis

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Posted Feb 6, 2014


2014 Boston College Eagles ... Head Coach: Steve Addazio


Boston College Eagles

2013 Record: 7-6
8/31 Villanova W 24-14
9/6 Wake Forest W 24-10
9/14 at USC L 35-7
9/21 OPEN DATE
9/28 Florida State L 48-34
10/5 Army W 48-27
10/12 at Clemson W 24-14
10/19 OPEN DATE
10/26 at North Carolina L 34-10
11/2 Virginia Tech W 34-27
11/9 at NMSU W 48-34
11/16 NC State W 38-21
11/23 at Maryland W 29-26
11/30 at Syracuse L 34-31
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12/31 Arizona L 42-19


Boston College | The 2014 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2014: The secondary. When the ball was in the air, bad things usually happened to the Eagles, especially when they were on defense. The 108th-ranked BC pass efficiency defense allowed 26 touchdowns passes, while picking off just nine. The good news is that everyone is back for another year, but no job will be safe in the spring and the summer. Steve Addazio and his staff want to ride the four best defensive backs, regardless of their age and experience level.

The 2014 Class Is Heavy On ... Running back. After the way Andre Williams and the running game rolled, it wasn’t a problem getting Marcus Outlow, Jonathan Hilliman and Richard Wilson to play around with in the backfield, and quarterback Darius Wade is a good-sized passer who fits the Boston College mold. The receiving corps, though, is getting a lot of attention, too, with a few fast options. The defense didn’t go too heavy, but there’s talent at linebacker, especially on the inside with Kevin Cohee and Connor Strachan two good-sized options.

2013 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 88. That Class Was Heavy On ... Quarterbacks. New head coach Steve Addazio hasn't had too much time to work, but without having to go after offensive linemen - the Eagles are stocked up front for years to come - he's mostly going after quarterbacks for the near future with Tim Boyle the best-looking of a decent lot. The starting job will be open in two years, and the Eagles now have more prospects to be ready to fight for the spot when Chase Rettig is done.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 54. That Class Was Heavy On ... Linebackers. Is BC the new Linebacker U.? With Mark Herzlich and Luke Kuechly, the tradition of spectacular linebacker play continues, and now the program needs to load up on more options for the middle. The position is fine for now, but the class will be looking three years ahead. Upgrading the receiver talent would be a bonus. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 37. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. BC has a thing for loading up on lots and lots and lots of linemen. Considering how good the front five has been over the years, the plan works, but a huge class of offensive linemen last year didn’t seem to deter anyone in this year’s class with six true tackle prospect including Paul Gaughan, a strong athlete with the potential to be the next great Eagle blocker. Looking to be the next in line in the recent tradition of tremendous linebackers are Sean Duggan, Steven Daniels, and Nick Lifka, but the star defensive prospect is safety Albert Louis-Jean, who has All-ACC written all over him.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 45. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. The Eagles needed quarterbacks after several issues last year, and they got two strong ones in Chase Retting out of California and Josh Bordner from Maryland. Andre Williams should eventually be a key running back, and Shakim Phillips is a No. 1 wide receiver who'll be used in a big role next year. But the strength is on the offensive line with Seth Betancourt one of the ACC's top tackle recruits and Andy Gallik and Harris Williams two good-looking guards. Defensively, Steele Divitto should be the team's next great linebacker.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 74. That Class Was Heavy On ... big bodies. As is often the case at Boston College, the school added a considerable amount of girth to the offensive and defensive lines. The Eagles’ success has long been built in the trenches, so it makes sense to continue to stockpile big bodies from the Northeast. The new staff is going to love DT Dillon Quinn, an uncommon blend of size, strength, and quickness. At a school being ravaged by graduation at the position, his arrival could not come at a more opportune time.

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Arizona 42, Boston College 19
Basically … Boston College answered a two-yard Ka’Deem Carey touchdown run with two Nate Freese field goals from 22 and 41 yards away to make it 7-6 Arizona late in th first half, and then the roof caved in. The Wildcats got a 69-yard pick six from William Parks and a 26-yard Trey Griffey touchdown catch in the final few minutes for a 21-6 halftime lead, and they opened up the second half with a six-yard Carey touchdown run and a 14-yard scoring dash from B.J. Denker as part of a 35 point scoring run to turn the game into a laugher. BC star running back Andre Williams was held in check with just 75 yards, but he scored in the fourth quarter on a four-yard run once the game was out of reach.

- Arizona RB Ka’Deem Carey ran 28 times for 165 yards and two scores.
- Arizona QB B.J. Denker completed 17-of-24 passes for 276 yards and two scores, and he ran 13 times for 49 yards and a touchdown.
- Arizona WR Nate Phillips made nine catches for 194 yards and Trey Griffey caught three passes for 41 yards and two scores.
- Boston College RB Andre Williams ran 26 times for 75 yards and a score.
- Boston College QB Chase Rettig completed 16-of-26 passes for 189 yards with two scores.
- Boston College WR Alex Amidon caught ten passes for 129 yards.

at Syracuse 34, Boston College 31
Basically … Syracuse got an eight-yard Josh Parris touchdown catch with six seconds remaining to finally pull ahead for good in a seesaw game. BC started out the scoring with a 26-yard Andre Williams touchdown run, but the Orange scored the next 21 points on short touchdown runs from Josh Parris, George Morris and Terrel Hunt after the D came up with a few key stops. BC swung back with Chase Rettig threw two nine-yard touchdown passes and ran for a score, but after the two teams traded field goals, Hunt went to work on the game-winning drive in the final two minutes.
- Boston College RB Andre Williams ran nine times for 29 yards
- Syracuse QB Terrel Hunt completed 29-of-43 passes for 270 yards and two scores with a pick, and he led the team with 90 yards and a score on 17 carries.
- Syracuse converted 12-of-18 third down chances, BC converted 3-of-10
- Boston College QB Chase Rettig completed 11-of-19 passes for 168 yards and two scores with a pick

Boston College 29, at Maryland 26
Basically … Nate Freese connected on a 52-yard field goal with no time left on the clock to give Boston College the win in a wild fourth quarter. Down 24-13 after Maryland’s C.J. Brown ran for a three-yard touchdown in the fourth, the Eagles roared back with a 72-yard Andre Williams touchdown run and Alex Amidon scored on a 74-yard pass play, but as the Eagles appeared ready to take a three point lead with just over five minutes to go, Anthony Nixon returned a blocked extra point for two points to tie it. Freese also hit field goals from 22 and 19 yards away, and Williams ran for a six-yard score.
- Boston College RB Andre Williams ran 32 times for 263 yards and two touchdowns.
- Maryland QB C.J. Brown completed 19-of-31 passes for 178 yards and a score, and he ran 12 times for 22 yards and a touchdown.
- Boston College outgained Maryland 374 yards to 278, but turned it over three times to Maryland’s one.
- Boston College QB Chase Rettig completed 6-of-14 passes for 120 yards and a score with a pick.

at Boston College 38, NC State 21
Basically … Andre Williams ran for a career-high 339 yards with touchdown runs from 17 and 34 yards out, but Boston College had to hang on late. NC State got three touchdown passes from three different players with receiver Rashard Smith catching a nine-yard touchdown pass and finding Quintin Payton for a 49-yard touchdown. A 52-yard touchdown catch from Jumichael Ramos pulled the Wolfpack to within ten late, but BC recovered the onside kick and Williams put it away.
- Williams ran 42 times for 339 yards and two touchdowns.
- NC State QB Pete Thomas completed 22-of-33 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown.
- BC outgained NC State 420 yards to 35 on the ground.
- NC State punter Wil Bauman averaged 49.6 yards on his eight kicks putting four inside the 20.

Boston College 48, at New Mexico State 34
Basically … In a fight, Boston College took over in the fourth quarter breaking a 34-34 tie in the final five minutes with an Andre Williams 80-yard touchdown run and a 47-yard scoring dash to finally put the game away. Chase Rettig threw three touchdown passes including a 69-yard touchdown pass to Mike Naples ad a 30-yarder to Alex Amidon. New Mexico State got three Andrew McDonald touchdown passes with two to Austin Franklin from 14 and 49 yards out to tie it up in the fourth before Williams tore off his big runs.
- Boston College RB Andre Williams ran 30 times for 295 yards and two scores.
- NMSU QB Andrew McDonald completed 41-of-55 passes for 375 yards and three touchdowns with a pick, and Austin Franklin completed two passes for five yards, ran three times for 22 yards and caught ten passes for 145 yards and two scores.
- BC QB Chase Rettig completed 17-of-25 passes for 230 yards and three scores.
- The two teams combined for 1,089 yards of total offense. The Aggies committed ten penalties for BC’s two.

at Boston College 34, Virginia Tech 27, Nov. 2
Basically … Boston College outscored Virginia Tech, 17-10, in the fourth quarter to hand rookie head coach Steve Addazio his first signature win with the program. The Eagles overcame a deficit early in the final frame by scoring 17 unanswered points, highlighted by a 33-yard Kevin Pierre-Louis interception return for a touchdown. The Hokies made it a one score game on a Logan Thomas touchdown pass with 2:54 left, but couldn’t get any closer from that point.
- RB Andre Williams spearheaded the Boston College offense by rushing 33 times for 166 yards and two touchdowns.
- Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas completed 24-of-41 passes for 391 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
- Hokie WR Joshua Stanford had a career day, leading all receivers with six catches for 171 yards.
- Boston College was victorious, despite only passing for 93 yards and only converting 2-of-12 third-down attempts.

at North Carolina 34, Boston College 10
Basically … Down 7-6 after BC’s Andre Williams ran for a 56-yard touchdown in the first quarter, North Carolina scored 28 straight points with Marquise Williams throwing a 17-yard touchdown pass to Bug Howard and running for a four-yard score. Howard also caught a ten-yard touchdown pass from Bryn Renner as part of the blowout, with the UNC defense not allowing anything until a 38-yard Nate Freese field goal in the fourth.
- Andre Williams ran for 172 yards, but the rest of the Boston College offense didn’t show up. Chase Rettig couldn’t come up with anything down the field, and while North Carolina couldn’t stop Williams, too many drives stalled because Rettig couldn’t hit a key throw.
- Just when it seemed like Boston College was going to be a major ACC factor, it came up with one of its worst games of the year. With Virginia Tech up next before going on the road for three games in the final four, it’s going to be tough to get to six wins. However, New Mexico State will be a victory, and NC State is beatable in Boston. The offense has to find more pop, though.

at Clemson 24, Boston College 14
Basically … Clemson struggled for three quarters, and then, down 14-10 in the fourth, it got a six-yard Tajh Boyd touchdown run and a 13-yard Vic Beasley fumble return for a score to finally take over. Sammy Watkins caught a 48-yard touchdown pass and Chandler Catanzaro hit a 35-yard field goal, but Boston College had the lead on a 38-yard Myles Willis run and a 69-yard touchdown catch from Alex Amidon. The Amidon score was the only time the Eagles got close to scoring range in the second half.
- The Tigers were going through the motions offensively, fizzling out time and again despite a few nice drives. The two turnovers didn’t help, but give Boston College credit for holding firm on third downs. Tajh Boyd threw for 334 yards and a touchdown, and he ran for 33 yards and a score, but the offense was hardly sharp.
- Boston College was outgunned and outmanned, but it got two really big offensive plays to stay alive, and the defense was phenomenal on third downs. The linebacking corps kept the Clemson running game under wraps, and while there wasn’t enough pressure on Tajh Boyd, the secondary did a nice job on third downs.
- The Eagles can play. They pushed Florida State a little bit, and now they had Clemson in trouble. Virginia tech is still coming up, but there’s no one on the schedule they can’t beat if the run defense continues to be such a positive. To get by a few of the better ACC teams, though, 2.4 yards per carry won’t cut it.
- Give Clemson punter Bradley Pinion credit for keeping BC pinned deep. He averaged 43.4 yards per kick and put three of his punts inside the 20. The Eagles didn’t do anything with a long field, but the field position didn’t help the Tiger offense much until late. Defensively, the pass rush was decent. Vic Beasley did his part with a sack and his key late touchdown.

at Boston College 48, Army 27
Basically … The two running games went wild, with Army cranking out 326 yards on the ground and Boston College running for 320, but the Eagles had more of a passing game and had Andre Williams, who ran for 263 yards and five scores, tearing off scoring runs from 34, 1, 37, 3 and 34 yards out, with two of his touchdowns as a part of a 17-0 run to put the game away. Army came up with several big plays, with Larry Dixon running for an 80 yards score and Xavier Moss taking a pass 75 yards for a touchdown, but the offense fell flat late.
- Andre Williams had the Boston College single game rushing record, but he lost a yard on his last carry and that was it. The 263 yards and five scores will have to do.
- Lost in the great day from the running game was a near-perfect performance from BC quarterback Chase Rettig, who completed 11-of-13 passes for 203 yards and a score.
- The Army offense worked. 13 players carried the ball, but BC’s ground attack was a bit more explosive, and the Eagle defense did a little more late to take control of the game. QB Angel Santiago was fine, but he didn’t come up with any big plays on the ground – he was shadowed well.
- Kevin Pierre-Louis came up with 18 tackles for BC. The Eagles were able to get more penetration up front than Army’s D line could, and they were able to stop a few plays before they could get going. Outside of the 80-yard run from Larry Dixon, Army couldn’t break free.

Florida State 48, at Boston College 38
Basically … Down 17-3 early in the second quarter after BC got two Chase Rettig touchdowns passes and a 24-yard Nate Freese field goal, Florida State went wild thanks to a brilliant performance from Jameis Winston. The freshman threw three second quarter touchdown passes including a 55-yard highlight reel play to Kenny Shaw as time expired in the half. Winston and Rashad Greene hooked up on their second touchdown pass of the game in the third, but the Noles needed a 20-yard P.J. Williams interception return for a score to put it well out of reach.
- The Florida State defense looked mortal. The secondary came up with two picks, but it gave up passing yards in chunks and had problems holding up at times against the run. There weren’t any huge problems after the offense kicked it into gear, but this was an uneven overall performance.
- Boston College might have lost, but considering how good Florida State is, this was a good game. Chase Rettig held up well completing 19-of-29 passes for 197 yards and four scores with two picks. Against one of the best run defenses in America, Andre Williams ran for 149 yards on 28 carries.
- There’s the pass rush. Florida State hasn’t been able to get into the backfield on a regular basis all season long, but it came up with three sacks led by a nice day from linebacker Telvin Smith, who led the team with ten tackles with a sack and two tackles for loss.
- The Eagles were aggressive and did a nice job of giving the Florida State offensive line a problem coming up with four sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss. BC wasn’t bad, but Jameis Winston was just better.

at USC 35, Boston College 7, Sept. 14
Basically … USC got a nearly-flawless game out of its quarterbacks as Cody Kessler threw two touchdown passes with a five-yarder to Tre Madden and an 80-yard play to Marqise Lee. Madden and Justin Davis added second half touchdown runs for a 28-0 lead before Boston College finally got on the board with a 29-yard Tyler Rouse touchdown run.
- That was what USC needed out of its quarterbacks. Cody Kessler completed 15-of-17 passes for 237 yards and two scores, and Max Wittek hit both of his passes for 27 yards and ran for a score.
- The Boston College offense never had a chance against a geared up USC defense that’s playing fantastic. Chase Rettig couldn’t move the offense, and the defense couldn’t get off the field. USC’s offense was almost perfectly balanced, and the BC D couldn’t do anything to stop it.
- The ten USC penalties were a little much – BC committed just one sin – but everything else clicked.
- The one big positive for BC was the punting. Nick Freese averaged a whopping 50.4 yards per boot and put four inside the 20. Unfortunately, all that did was allow USC to gain more yards on longer drives.

at Boston College 24, Wake Forest 10, Sept. 6
Basically … BC got a huge day out of Andre Williams, who ran for 204 yards and a score on 35 times, and Chase Rettig threw two touchdown passes, including a 26-yarder to Alex Amidon to kick off the scoring, on the way to a 24-7 lead. Wake Forest turned the ball over three times and only got into the end zone on a 30-yard Michael Campanaro touchdown catch.
- The Boston College defense worked, but the production of the offensive balance, as little as there was, turned out to be the difference. Chase Rettig only had to throw 14 passes, but he made them count, while Andre Williams did all the heavy lifting. The defense did the rest.
- The Eagle defense took advantage of every opportunity, and it did a great job of always being around the ball and stopping the Demon Deacons in key moments. Linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis was a menace making 11 tackles, blowing up plays time and again.

at Boston College 24, Villanova 14, Aug. 31
Basically … Head coach Steve Addazio got his first win as the BC head coach as Alex Amidon came up with 13 catches and Andre Williams ran for 114 yards. It was a slow start for the Eagles with Villanova getting up 14-7 in the first quarter on two Jamal Abdur-Rahman touchdowns, but then it was all BC with Amidon scoring from 49 yards out and Williams running for a 26-yard score in the third.
- The defense clamped down well after a rough start. Kevin Pierre-Louis, as expected, led the way with ten tackles with a sack and 2.5 tackles for loss, but the Eagles were great at getting into the backfield.
- BC four sacks, Villanova 0. Chase Retting got plenty of time, and it showed completing 23-of-30 passes for 285 yards and two scores.
- The run defense was a bit soft, and the Eagles were outgained 197 yards to 128, but the passing game made up for it. Villanova didn’t have an answer for Alex Amidon.

Spring Analysis

Why To Get Excited … after hitting rock bottom by going 2-10 a year ago, the only way is up for the Eagles. And leading the charge will be the excitable Steve Addazio, a major upgrade on Frank Spaziani. Addazio’s first BC team has a veteran hint, including senior QB Chase Rettig and a pair of backs who had 100-yard games in 2012.

Why To Be Grouchy … Boston College is still a very long way from competing in the ACC. The offense was inconsistent a year ago, and the D is sorely lacking playmakers after LB Kevin Pierre-Louis. After losing 22 games over the last three seasons, Eagles’ fans will still need to remain patient through at least the 2013 campaign.

The Number One Thing To Work On Is … the pass rush. If you can’t get after the passer, it’s almost impossible to play defense with any consistency these days. As hard as it is to imagine, BC got to the quarterback just six times in 2012, and not once in the final four games. There’s an APB out on the Heights for anyone who can beat a tackle and disrupt the timing of a quarterback.

Team Concerns For 2013: After a disastrous year defensively, the Eagles desperately need a pass rush after finishing last in the nation in sacks and tackles for loss. After years of loading up on the offensive line, the front five has to be far better, too, after giving up a whopping 36 sacks and not doing much of anything for the running game. The offense needs more scoring pop and has to take the pressure off the passing game with some semblance of a ground attack, but no matter how it's happening, the Eagles have to come up with points.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Quarterbacks. New head coach Steve Addazio hasn't had too much time to work, but without having to go after offensive linemen - the Eagles are stocked up front for years to come - he's mostly going after quarterbacks for the near future with Tim Boyle the best-looking of a decent lot. The starting job will be open in two years, and the Eagles now have more prospects to be ready to fight for the spot when Chase Rettig is done.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 54. That Class Was Heavy On ... Linebackers. Is BC the new Linebacker U.? With Mark Herzlich and Luke Kuechly, the tradition of spectacular linebacker play continues, and now the program needs to load up on more options for the middle. The position is fine for now, but the class will be looking three years ahead. Upgrading the receiver talent would be a bonus. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 37. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. BC has a thing for loading up on lots and lots and lots of linemen. Considering how good the front five has been over the years, the plan works, but a huge class of offensive linemen last year didn’t seem to deter anyone in this year’s class with six true tackle prospect including Paul Gaughan, a strong athlete with the potential to be the next great Eagle blocker. Looking to be the next in line in the recent tradition of tremendous linebackers are Sean Duggan, Steven Daniels, and Nick Lifka, but the star defensive prospect is safety Albert Louis-Jean, who has All-ACC written all over him.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 45. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. The Eagles needed quarterbacks after several issues last year, and they got two strong ones in Chase Retting out of California and Josh Bordner from Maryland. Andre Williams should eventually be a key running back, and Shakim Phillips is a No. 1 wide receiver who'll be used in a big role next year. But the strength is on the offensive line with Seth Betancourt one of the ACC's top tackle recruits and Andy Gallik and Harris Williams two good-looking guards. Defensively, Steele Divitto should be the team's next great linebacker.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 74. That Class Was Heavy On ... big bodies. As is often the case at Boston College, the school added a considerable amount of girth to the offensive and defensive lines. The Eagles’ success has long been built in the trenches, so it makes sense to continue to stockpile big bodies from the Northeast. The new staff is going to love DT Dillon Quinn, an uncommon blend of size, strength, and quickness. At a school being ravaged by graduation at the position, his arrival could not come at a more opportune time.


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