2012 report cards: Boston College

With bowl season officially in the books, it’s time to see who made the grade and who didn’t in the ACC. We’ll start team-by-team report cards today, going in alphabetical order:


OFFENSE: The hire of Doug Martin as offensive coordinator was a definite upgrade for the Eagles, but their inability to run the ball was a glaring weakness. BC finished No. 115 in the country in rushing offense at just 90.92 yards per game. More was expected from Andre Williams, Rolandan Finch, and Tahj Kimble. The offensive line improved, but was still not up to the standards of O-line U, standards BC fans came to expect during the Eagles’ 12-year run of bowl games. The highlight was the passing game, led by receiver Alex Amidon, who was a first-team all-ACC selection and finished No. 11 in the country in receiving yards per game with 100.83. Quarterback Chase Rettig improved under Martin, but BC made too many mistakes and lost the turnover battle more often than not. Grade: C

DEFENSE: This was a major disappointment for a program that had grown accustomed to the defense being its strength. In recent years, even when the offense struggled, the defense was good enough to keep the team in position to win the game. That wasn’t always the case this season. There was no Luke Kuechly, there was no game-changer, and the defensive line was ravaged by injuries and didn’t have the depth to overcome it. BC was No. 111 in the country in rushing defense, No. 100 in total defense and No. 74 in scoring defense. BC struggled mightily to get pressure on opposing quarterbacks, and to make plays in opponents’ backfields. Grade: D

OVERALL: There is a reason Frank Spaziani was fired the day after the regular season ended. It was a miserable season for the program and its fans, as BC reached rock bottom in 2012. The Eagles ended the season with four straight losses, their only FBS win of the year was against Maryland and its fifth-string quarterback, and the Eagles missed a bowl for the second straight season and finished last in the Atlantic Division. During Spaziani’s tenure, an accumulation of problems were never solved, and there was too much turnover on the staff. Some problems were inherited, as former coach Jeff Jagodzinski made some recruiting missteps, and there were also season-ending injuries to key players, which led to a crippling lack of depth, especially on the defensive line. Instead of getting better, though, BC continued to regress. Grade: F