Every team has reason for hope, and of course, every team has some questions that are reasons for concern. We’ll start a series today taking a look at the high and low facing each program, starting with Boston College.
Biggest reason for hope: The hire of offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers.
It might have been the best offseason hire in the ACC, as it should help the Eagles where they needed it most -- at quarterback. Boston College has struggled to find a dependable quarterback, but Chase Rettig showed a lot of promise as a true freshman last year. Rettig should flourish under Rogers' guidance and show significant improvement in his second season as a starter. Not only is Rogers well-respected among his ACC peers, but he’s also got plenty of talent returning to work with. The Eagles return their leading rusher, passer and receiver from a year ago. They enter the fall confident in every starting position on offense, and 10 of the 13 receivers who caught a pass last season return.
Biggest reason for concern: Inexperience up front.
Both the offensive line and defensive line could be liabilities if young players don’t mature quickly. Three starters have to be replaced on the offensive line, including mainstay Anthony Castonzo, who had a league-high 54 starts. The No. 2 offensive line is comprised entirely of redshirt freshmen, and the defensive line will have a new look without Damik Scafe and Brad Newman. While both sides will introduce new full-time starters, there is significant experience returning. Getting the young backups caught up quickly and confident in taking meaningful reps will be the biggest challenge.