ACC Media Day Recap
By Ben Neuwirth
First posted on BostonCollege.247sports.com
Things are looking up for the Boston College Football team, as Head Coach Steve Addazio addressed reporters at ACC media, optimistic about the direction the team is heading.
“I’ve got a great football team full of guys that love football, that work really hard at football. They love being at BC”. Addazio added, “I think the talent level is the best we’ve had, and I think that will parlay into a great season for us this year”.
He mentioned Connor Strachan, Ray Smith, Wyatt Ray and Harold Landry as players to watch on the defensive side of the ball. All 4 have experience playing in the BC system and Landry in particular could be primed for a dominant year. He forgoed the NFL draft to return for his senior season and was part of the preseason Maxwell and Bednarik award watch lists, recognizing the best player and best defensive player in college football, respectively.
On the other side of the ball, Senior Center John Baker addressed reporters. He praised how the coaches prepared the O-line for pace and tempo in their bowl win over Maryland. “[They made] sure we knew it very well in and out so that we could… [feel] very comfortable with it, and going forward I think it’ll be a tool in our toolbox”.
A 3-year starter, Baker is one of the leaders on an offense that hasn’t yet picked a starting QB. Darius Wade, a redshirt Junior, is the frontrunner and “If we were playing tomorrow, [I] believe Darius would be the starter”, Addazio acknowledged, “ [but] they’ll have a great, healthy competition as will everybody else on our football team throughout preseason camp.
Jon Hillman look set to lead a RB corps that the Eagles head man said “is going to be elite”. Michael Walker and Jeff Smith, the converted QB fresh off a breakout season, will be the weapons outside for whoever takes the snaps.
BC is facing a challenging schedule, 9th hardest in the nation according to Landry, but there is optimism abound on the Heights. A dominant defense looks set to improve on last year’s performance, a young offense has several playmakers ready to take a step forward and the win in the Quick Lane Bowl has given the team momentum heading into the 2017 campaign.
This is a critical season for Boston College to show recruits, rivals and fans that this program is a legitimate threat in what has become college football’s premier conference, the ACC.