BC and Kent State similar opponents

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski talks about the Kent State offense almost as if it were his own.

There's a reason for that.

When Boston College faces Kent State on Saturday, there will be a certain level of familiarity because of the coaching ties on both staffs. Both Kent State coach Doug Martin and Jagodzinski were assistants together at East Carolina in 1991 under current Boston College offensive coordinator Steve Logan.

Like Boston College, Kent State will be multiple in its formations and motions, but the Golden Flashes don't use personnel groups as much and are more of a single-back team.

"We expect them to run their back who's a very talented player," Jagodzinski said of Eugene Jarvis, who is the nation's leading returning rusher with a school-record 1,669 yards and nine 100-yard rushing performances. "You watch him play against Iowa State and Ohio State and he gets yardage against those teams. We're looking for a challenge to our run defense from him. As far as their quarterback play, I'm not real sure."

Again, the same thing can be said for Jagodzinski's offense, but Kent State's uncertainty stems from the fact that starter Julian Edelman was injured most of last season. Chris Crane has matured as the leader of the Eagles' offense, but Jagodzinski said he's not quite sure if the entire group is where he needs it to be.

"It's hard to gauge," Jagodzinski said. "That's a great question. Last year I felt the same way. I wish I had a crystal ball to look forward, but our defense is ahead of our offense. Hopefully we can start playing into the way we want it to look."


• Jagodzinski said senior Kevin Akins has switched between linebacker and corner this summer, and where he's used during the season will depend on how healthy everyone is. "It's very fluid right now as to where we're going to play him, but he will be on the field one way or another."

• Wes Davis won the starting job at safety, but the competition with Marty Bowman this summer created some depth. Still, Jagodzinski said he expects Davis to "step up and replace Jamie Silva."

• Linebacker Brian Toal, who had a pinched nerve in his trapezius (a shoulder muscle) last week and missed a few practices, will be "full go" on Saturday.