We’re taking a look at the biggest holes on each ACC team’s rosters. First up, Boston College.
Area of need: Offensive skill players
On the ground, Boston College averaged just 3.94 yards-per-carry on non-sack plays, the second-worst rate in the Power 5. Now, the Eagles say goodbye to their best big-play back -- Myles Willis (6.14 yards-per-rush). Jonathan Hilliman and Davon Jones certainly have some skill, but they’ve struggled against better competition.
At the receiver position, things are perhaps more promising, but the talent on the roster is extremely raw. Boston College's top three pass-catchers were all sophomores, and the upside for Jeff Smith and Michael Walker is high, but the Eagles also led the country in drops and haven’t had a receiver top 40 catches since 2013.
Area of need: Secondary
It’s not that Boston College was bad against the pass necessarily, but when the level of competition was ramped up, the back end of the defense looked like a clear deficiency. In five games against teams that won eight or more in 2016, the Eagles allowed 9.3 yards-per-attempt (107th nationally) with 18 passing TDs and just two interceptions. If the Eagles are going to move beyond mediocrity, they need to be more competitive in big games, and that starts with the secondary.
Area of need: Quarterback
The last time a Boston College quarterback had 15 touchdowns, 2,000 yards and 60 percent completions in the same season? That would be 2006 and Matt Ryan. Since the former No. 1 overall NFL draft pick departed, the quarterback production has been mediocre at best and -- well, much worse at times. Steve Addazio has had some luck with transfers, but at some point the Eagles need to develop a longer-term solution.