In following the lead of my SEC colleagues Chris Low and Edward Aschoff, we’re going to start an “offseason spotlight” series for each school in the ACC. There will be a slight difference here, though. I’m going to broaden the scope to include individual players, position groups and coaches. It could be a player who is recovering from an injury, a first-year coach or coordinator, or a group of players who really need to show improvement for 2012.
Regardless, the common denominator is that all of them will need to have big offseasons — starting this spring. We’ll go in alphabetical order, starting today with Boston College:
Spotlight: Doug Martin, first-year offensive coordinator.
2011 summary: Turnover at the coordinator position was again a story line, as Kevin Rogers, who was in his first season, took a leave of absence for health reasons in early September and never returned to the team. Tight ends coach Dave Brock was named acting offensive coordinator and coached the quarterbacks. It was another dismal season for the BC offense, which lost its leading rusher, Montel Harris, for the majority of the season to a knee injury, and finished No. 82 in the country in rushing offense, No. 100 in passing offense, and No. 112 in both scoring offense and total offense.
The skinny: Martin will be the Eagles’ fifth offensive coordinator in five seasons, as BC has replaced Steve Logan (2008), Gary Tranquill (2009-10), and Rogers and Brock (2011). Martin was a former head coach and offensive coordinator for seven seasons (2004-10) at Kent State, and came to BC after one season as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at New Mexico State. The Aggies ranked No. 25 among FBS teams in passing offense last year, averaging 273 yards per game, and they averaged 398 yards of total offense per game. If BC is going be a player again in the Atlantic Division race, it must improve offensively. Martin will have eight returning starters to work with, but he must get more out of quarterback Chase Rettig.