2013 Forecast: Boston College is taking a new mindset into Death Valley

Boston College Eagles wide receiver Alex Amidon beats Clemson cornerback Bashaud Breeland to catch a pass in the second quarter.

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Boston College Eagles wide receiver Alex Amidon beats Clemson cornerback Bashaud Breeland to catch a pass in the second quarter.

Breaking down the Eagles…

Boston College Quick Profile

Plays Clemson: at Memorial Stadium, Oct. 12.

2012 Record: 2-10 (1-7 ACC, last in the Atlantic).

Coach: Steve Addazio (13-11 career record, 0-0 against ACC [0-0 vs. Clemson], 1st year at Boston College).

Offense (2012 ranks): Multiple (Total offense: 99th/Rush offense: 115th/Pass offense: 45th)

Defense (2012 ranks): 4-3 (Total defense: 100th/Rush defense: 111th/Pass defense: 75th).

2012 Special Team Ranks: Net punting – 59th/Kickoff returns – 117th/Punt returns – 1st/Punt return yardage defense – 64th/Kick return yardage defense – 34th.

2012 Misc. stats: Turnover margin – 88th/Fewest penalties – 8th/First downs – 79th/First downs allowed – 101st/Third down efficiency – 119th/Red zone efficiency – 94th/Red zone defense – 51st/Time of possession – 115th.

Depth Chart Breakdown – Returning starters (ACC pos. ranking)

QB – 1 (4): Chase Rettig (6-3 213, senior; 54.2 cmp%/3,065 yards/17 TDs-13 INTs).

RB – 1 (12): 1. Andre Williams (6-0 220, senior; 130 carries-599 yards-4 TDs-4.6 YPC) 2. Tajh Kimble (5-11 211, junior; 17-70-4.1).

WR – 3/3 (5): 1. Alex Amidon (5-11 186, senior; 78 catches-1,210 yards-7 TDs-15.5 YPR); 1. Jonathan Coleman (6-4 228, senior; 33-489-4-14.8) 2. Bobby Swigert (6-1 186, senior; 223-268-1-11.7); 1. Spiffy Evans (6-0 184, junior; 22-257-1-11.7).

TE – 1 (12): 1. TE Mike Giacone (6-5 246, soph.) 2. Mike Naples (6-4 237, senior).

OL – 3/5 (9): LT Matt Patchan (6-6 279, senior; seven career starts); LG Bobby Vardaro (6-5 312, junior; 20 career starts); C Andy Gallik (6-3 300, senior; 15 career starts); RG Ian White (6-5 303, senior; 23 career starts); RT Seth Betancourt (6-6 304, junior; three career starts).

DL – 4/4 (12): DE Brian Mihalik (6-8 285, junior; 22 tackles, 1 sack, 3.5 TFL); DT Kaleb Ramsey (6-3 288, senior); DT Connor Wujciak (6-4 267, soph.; 24 tackles, 1 TFL); DE Kasim Edebali (6-2 258, senior; 59 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 7.5 TFL).

LB – 2/3 (5): SLB Steele Divitto (6-3 238, senior; 92 tackles, 0.5 TFL); MLB Sean Duggan (6-4 228, junior; 39 tackles, 1 TFL); WLB Kevin Pierre-Louis (6-1 215, senior; 85 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 TFL).

DB – 4/4 (8): CB Al Louis-Jean (6-2 195, soph.); SS Spenser Rositano (6-1 200, junior; 56 tackles, 2 TFL, 9 passes defended); FS Sean Sylvia (6-0 210, junior; 86 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 5 passes defended); CB C.J. Jones (5-11 185, junior; 13 tackles)/Manuel Asprilla (5-10 167, junior; 42 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 7 passes defended).

K – 1/1 (2*): K Nate Freese (Senior; 18-20, 2-4 from 50+, long of 45).

P – 0/1 (2*): P Alex Howell (Soph.).

Average ACC position rating: 7.7 (7).

*Overall special teams rating.

Boston College Identity

1. Veterans going through another offensive change – New BC coach Steve Addazio has a three-year starter at QB, 18 career starts between a pair of running backs, his entire receiving corps and 70 career starts back on the o-line – and they’ve been through the ringer on offensive playbooks. In his fourth year on campus, quarterback Chase Rettig has a fourth offensive coordinator in Ryan Day, who Addazio brought with him from Temple. BC’s passing game was semi-successful (45th nationally), but not exactly efficient (Rettig completion percentage: 54.2) last season, while the rushing ‘O’ just wasn’t there (115th). Temple featured the 7th-best rushing attack in 2011 and were No. 31 last year – running the ball 25 more times than passing on average in 2012 (for comparison, Clemson ran nine more times a game than passing).

2. Don Brown ‘D’ – In one of the more underrated coups of the offseason, Addazio was able to grab Don Brown from UConn to coach his defense. Brown guided the Huskies to a top-10 defense last season and improved Maryland’s defense by 44 spots in total ‘D’ from ’09 to ’10 (39th). He takes over a group with all but its 2012 leading tackler back (LB Nick Clancy, 145) and loads of room to improve after finishing 70th (2011) then 101st (2012) in total defense the last two seasons.

3. #BeADude – It hasn’t taken long for Addazio to give BC a shot in the arm in the way of enthusiasm and that’s translated over to recruiting with the Eagles’ “#BeADude” recruiting campaign. After years of languishing on the recruiting trail under Frank Spaziani, BC currently has a No. 26 recruiting class by 247Sports’ composite rankings with 21 commits. Last year, they finished 86th overall. The recruiting success won’t help this season, but Addazio says the mindset is having an effect. From an ESPN article on it: "Being a dude is being a baller. You know?,” Addazio said. “Just being a real baller. Just being a dude. Be great. Be a baller. Be great at what you are. Just don't be average." That message found a receptive audience in the Eagles' locker room. "It just resonated with our team, you know what I mean?" Addazio said. "It just started kinda, 'Hey, be a dude, man. Be a dude.' And then we got going with recruiting and it kinda really caught on."

Odds & Trends: BC has had success against the Tigers, but it hasn’t come in Death Valley of late. Clemson won the last two matchups by 36-14 (2011) and 25-7 (2009) finals – and also has taken 3-of-4 in the series overall after pulling away to a 45-31 win in Chestnut Hill last season. The Eagles went 0-fer the road (0-6) both straight-up and against the spread, which is pretty incredible in a bad way. Presumably a double-digit favorite here, Clemson hasn’t lost a game at home as one since 2008 against Maryland (-11, 20-17 loss, Tommy Bowden’s last home game).

2013 Schedule: 8/31 Villanova; 9/6 Wake Forest; 9/14 @USC; 9/21 BYE; 9/28 Florida State; Oct. 5 Army; Oct. 12 @Clemson; Oct. 19 BYE; Oct. 26 @UNC; Nov. 2 Virginia Tech; Nov. 9 @New Mexico State; Nov. 16 N.C. State; Nov. 23 @Maryland Nov. 30 @Syracuse.

2012 Results: Miami – L 41-32; Maine – W 34-3; @Northwestern – L 22-13; Clemson – L 45-31; @Army – L 34-31; @Florida State – L 51-7; @Georgia Tech – L 37-17; Maryland – W 20-17; @Wake Forest – L 28-14; Notre Dame – L 21-6; Virginia Tech – L 30-23 (OT); @N.C. State – L 27-10.

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Comments » 2

rsb8931#286014 writes:

They may beat us if the New England Patriots come and play for them.

MyTwoSENSE writes:

That's why they play the games my friend. However, if the Pats came to play (whom I hate), the Orange Bowl debacle would pale in comparison. Lol

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