August 6, 2013 by conteconfidential
The college football season is almost upon us.
This year, starting with a home bout against Villanova on August 31, Boston College looks to avenge a poor campaign in 2012 and get back to respectability on the gridiron. But in order to be bowl-eligible and finish with a winning record for the first time since 2010, when the Eagles went 7-6, a few players will need to step up.
Fortunately, with Steve Addazio as head coach, BC is in good position to right the ship. Addazio is the type of coach who can get the most out of a team. Here are six guys to watch in 2013:
Chase Rettig, QB: I may be cheating a little here because Rettig did have a breakout year in 2012, posting a 17 TD, 3,055 yd and 115.6 QB rating line. But he was hindered from reaching his full potential by a porous offensive line and was sacked 36 times. Since BC is known for having strong O-lines, last year was most likely an aberration. This year, look for Rettig to surpass 20 touchdowns, make a run at being the best quarterback in the conference and have the possibility of being selected in the first half of the NFL draft.
Senior QB Chase Rettig (photo credit: BC Athletics)
Alex Amidon, WR: Another give me, but Amidon is most definitely a player to watch following his record-breaking 2012 campaign, one of the lone bright spots of the year. As a junior, he was named to the All-ACC first team after setting BC records in receiving yards in a season (1,210) and receptions (78). He also pulled in seven touchdowns and finished the season ranked 11th among all FBS receivers for receiving yards per game (100.8). The 6-foot receiver was named to the 2013 Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list in July and will be a key cog in BC’s offense.
Dan Crimmens, WR: Crimmens was redshirted last year, but with Bobby Swigert sitting out the season due to injury, he has the chance to make an impact this year. At 6-foot-5, 222 pounds, Crimmens has the size to be another option in the receiving corps besides top target Amidon. Crimmens would fit nicely in the second wideout slot and will likely compete with incumbent Spiffy Evans for the honor.
Al Louis-Jean, CB: Louis-Jean suffered a season-ending injury last year but had a respectable campaign as a freshman in 2011, making 15 tackles, 11 of them solo, and hauling in one interception in 10 games. Right now, he is second in line for the left corner spot but once he gets back to game speed expect him to be the starter.
Senior WR Alex Amidon (photo credit: BC Athletics)
Steven Daniels, LB: Only a sophomore, Daniels played in 10 games last year and put up respectable numbers, totaling 25 tackles (16 solo). He broke out against Notre Dame, recording a career-best eight tackles (five solo). Now starting at weakside linebacker, expect Daniels to play back and make tackles in the open field, in the style of Luke Kuechly.
Nick Lifka, DE: Lifka didn’t play last year but now has shifted to the defensive line from being a linebacker. He has reportedly put on some muscle, as he is now 280 pounds, perfect for a D-lineman. Look for him to be a pleasant surprise on the line as he is truly under the radar.
By guest writer Kenny St. John