Random Spring Thoughts: B.C.
By Paul Myerberg // Apr 2, 2011
Using a combination of various computer programs and the Internet — a task nearly beyond my limited computing skills — I selected 25 F.B.S. teams at random. Teams lucky enough to have been randomly selected will be reviewed with several random thoughts as we enter the heart of spring practice. Up next: Boston College, which has a case for being Offensive Coordinator U.
You’ve heard of schools being known for quarterbacks, like a Michigan, or its linebackers, a la Penn State, or for its co-eds, like a Mississippi. What about a school known for its offensive coordinators? Hey, everyone is known for something: Boston College is known for far more, such as its Heisman Trophy-quarterback, or a nearly unparalleled bowl winning streak, or a rivalry with Notre Dame with religious overtones, or its self-recognized 1940 national championship — you remember that title back in 1940, don’t you?
Random thoughts are just that: random. Look at a few of Boston College’s offensive coordinators since 1980, however. Prior to being the B.C. head coach, the coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and a Super Bowl-winning coach with the Giants, Tom Coughlin was Jack Bicknell’s offensive coordinator from 1981-83. Dick Curl, later an N.F.L. assistant under Dick Vermiel, piloted the offense in 1990.
Gary Crowton, formerly of B.Y.U., Oregon and L.S.U. and currently at Maryland, was the B.C. coordinator a decade after Coughlin, from 1991-93. He was replaced by Dirk Koetter, who went from Chestnut Hill to Boise State, Arizona State and, now, the Jaguars. Then came Jeff Jagodzinski, from 1997-98; he had a nice, short stint as the B.C. head coach.
Dana Bible has been a coordinator on the F.B.S. ranks for a generation, a decade of which he spent with the Eagles. Steve Logan, at B.C. from 2007-8, led E.C.U. to several bowl trips prior to being hired by Jagodzinski. So not that it means much, but B.C. can tout a nice history of talented offensive coordinators. Will Kevin Rogers join the list? More random thoughts about Boston College come below:
Speaking of Rogers. He replaced Gary Tranquill, who had a very nice college coaching career when taken as a whole but was did not fare wonderfully in his two seasons with the Eagles. Rogers comes from the Minnesota Vikings, where he coached the quarterbacks, and B.C. hopes his experience doing so on the sport’s highest level will pay dividends with sophomore quarterback Chase Rettig. It’s no exaggeration to call Rettig’s development the key to the B.C. offense; it might also not be a stretch to call his development the key to B.C.’s season.
Luke Kuechly, tackling robot. Let’s see. He had 158 as a freshman, 183 as a sophomore. Using a simple mathematic approach, Kuechly should post 208 stops as a junior. If that is the case, get the national hardware ready. He’s simply the latest in a line of B.C. linebackers who have gotten it done, accepting the torch from former Eagles like Mike McLaughlin and Mark Herzlich and, statistically, taking it to another level. Pencil in some time to watch the junior in action this fall.
Devine’s playing it close. B.C. offensive line coach Sean Devine will have the final say at which of his charges replaces Anthony Costanzo at left tackle. As of today, it’s the team’s position battle to watch; as of today, we have no idea how it’s going to go down. John Wetzel might be the leading option, thanks to his understudy status to Costanzo over the last two seasons. It might be Emmett Cleary. It might be Mike Goodman, Seth Betancourt, Aaron Kramer or a player yet to be named. Maybe B.C. will hold an open tryout with the student body, as it did when finding former kicker Steve Aponavicius.
Give the man a break. When Montel Harris was a freshman, he split carries with fellow first-year back Josh Haden: Harris carried 179 times for 900 yards, Haden 120 times for 479 yards. Harris became the clear top back once Haden transferred in 2009, and has responded as such — back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons followed, and Harris stands 126 yards shy of the school rushing record entering his senior season. Yet B.C. can take solace in the fact that Harris now has a capable reserve in sophomore Andre Williams, who started the final two games in Harris’s stead to end last season. In the regular season finale against Syracuse, Williams set a new B.C. record with 42 carries. So he deserves his fair share of totes, even if it cuts into Harris’s bottom line.
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Tags: Andre Williams, Boston College, Chase Rettig, Emmett Cleary, Gary Crowton, Jeff Jagodzinski, John Wetzel, Kevin Rogers, Luke Kuechly, Montel Harris, Sean Devine
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