I am doing the non-ACC Pitt opponents in alphabetical order. That means Boston College (BC).
Jeff Hafley begins his third year as head coach. After two seasons, the Eagles are 12 – 11 (7 – 11 ACC). Definitely Steve Addazio type seasons. As usual there is a “but” – an injury to QB Phil Jurkovec costing his service for six games in 2021.
2021 schedule and results and upcoming 2022 schedule. Jurkovec games started are highlighted in green.
Just too much work trying to get a roster head count at this time. Here are the Rivals 5.7 and above 2022 signees. Also included are the 3 Transfer Portal additions.
For color coding, a light blue color indicates a player who is leaving the team due to eligibility or the NFL. A reddish pink color indicates the player left via the TP. A bright green color are for those with medical, grades or disciplinary reasons. There are very, very few of the “bright green” and none on Boston College.
BC has 13 players entering the TP – seven defensive players, 4 offensive players (all WR’s) and 2 special team players.
On to the stars identified as NCAA team leaders in selected stats or members of the All ACC teams.
The offense revolves around QB play.
BC hopes Jurkovec is fully healthy and is not reinjured in 2022. Another good year like 2020 will get him to the NFL. Behind Jurkovec is Emmett Morehead and a 5.5 3-star and a 5.4 2-star.
Running backs and receivers. Only one of the offensive skill players who entered the TP has a stat line. There were four, all wide receivers. They did pluck WR Dino Tomlin (Maryland) from the TP. That last name should sound familiar.
BC picked up a TE from Notre Dame. He helps in the replacement of their departing second leading receiver.
In 2019 BC ran the ball 68% of the offense plays. Under new head coach Jeff Hafley and OC Cignetti in 2020, the breakdown was 52% pass/48% run. Last year with the injury to Jurkovic, it switched back to 61% run/39% pass. Take it for what its worth.
The returning offense summary chart of teams reviewed.
Boston College offensive weakness may be in their offense line.
I have no clue how you can have 61 starts when there is only five starters playing in 12 games. BC is not the only team with that problem. BTW, these are from the NCAA BC team roster stats.
Four of their starting five have moved on. Pitt probably will be in this position in 2023.
That is all on the offense players.
Only one chart for the defense. There were a total of 48 players who made a least one defensive stat. Of those 48, eleven were offensive players and an additional two where a long snapper and kicker. Thirty five defensive players had a stat. Only four of the seven players who entered the TP made a defensive play.
Instead of a chart with 35 names, I will be cutting the list down to those players who had at least double digit tackles. Instead of 35, only 20 will be shown. At the end, there is the summary data by position. The summary in the chart below only includes defensive players. I have stripped out the stats for offensive and special team players.
BC did pick up a defense end from the TP. To me, he seems to be a depth addition or future starter.
Sometimes you need to read between the lines. BC’s returning linebacker production looks slightly below average but there is a problem. It is experienced depth. The remaining 3 LB’s have a total of 4 tackles combined. Pitt’s Leslie Smith, who entered the TP had six.
That wraps up Boston College. Yes, BC is not on Pitt’s regular season schedule, but there is a very, very slight chance of a Conference Championship matchup.