After winning the last three games of 2016 and capping the season off with a 36-30 win over Maryland in the Quick Lane Bowl Game the Eagles are looking to soar in 2017. The Eagles finished the 2016 season (7-6) sixth in the ACC but was plagued by injuries and a lack of a real vertical threat.
Boston College kicked off its annual Jay McGillis Spring Game at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Boston. The yearly exhibition scrimmage was played in the damp and dreary conditions in front of a small crowd. Everyone was anxious to see what quarterback junior Darius Wade or freshman Anthony Brown, who will be under the gun September 1 against Northern Illinois. Coach Addazio mixed the quarterbacks between the one’s and two’s making both of his signal callers work for the starting job. Brown stands 6’1, 210 pounds from New Jersey is very athletic and is a dual threat when the ball in his hands. If Brown wants the starting job and lead the Eagles he must show more poise and be able to make accurate throws down the field.
“When I got to Boston College it was rude awakening for me because I had sit. It was a humbling experience for me. When I was high school I was on the field all the time. But having to sit that year I learned to be patient and really learn how to be a better quarterback on this level. I developed as a football player and the coaches made me grow up mentally. This school was the right fit for me.” Said Quarterback Anthony Brown.
The Eagles offense looked stagnant in the first quarter but in the second quarter it gained some continuity with Wade completing some quick passes to the tight ends. BC scored four touchdowns in quarters two and three, all of them on the ground. Richard Wilson scored two touchdowns for BC, while Davon Jones and Jon Hilliman another New Jersey product scored the other two for BC. Hilliman now healthy is a good combination of size, strength, and speed. Hilliman ran very well down hill, he shows good lower body strength will fight for the extra yards in the trenches.
“I am looking to have a good season. I’m 100% and my body feels good. We have a good group of guys who are not afraid to work hard. One of the reasons I can to BC because I fell in love with the locker room chemistry it reminded me like St.Peters. Also I wanted a first rate education and this school will provide that for me.” Said Running Back Jon Hilliman.
There were a few new faces that stood out in the game. Freshman running back Travis Levy from Sandy Spring, Maryland looks like he will be ready to contribute to the offense;he has vision to find the holes and the lateral quickness to get outside for big gains. Christian McStravick, Kobay White and Ben Glines all look ready to be a major cog in the wide receiver rotation as well as they all made some nifty catches during the springgame.
In terms of the defense, returning tackle leader linebacker Ty Schwab had a real nice game finishing with 10 tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack. Defensive end Zach Allen was a problem off the edge as well, batting three passes along with a sack. Finally, a name to watch moving forward will have to be linebacker Ethan Tucky who really made his presence felt with seven tackles. The defense did a nice job with two three turnovers (a fumble, and two INTs).
Quarterback Darius Wade of Middletown, Delaware finished the game 16-27 for 190 yards has great arm strength, a high football IQ, and very good instincts in the pocket in the spring game. In my opinion the quarterback position battle will go down to the wire.