Now that it's March and spring practices will be getting underway, it's a good time to take a closer look at each team's strengths and weaknesses heading into 2010. We'll start with the Eagles:
Strongest position: Linebackers
Key returnees: Mark Herzlich, Luke Kuechly
Key departures: Mike McLaughlin
The skinny: Nobody is quite sure how quickly Herzlich will be back to full speed, but having the 2008 ACC Defensive Player of the Year alongside freshman phenom Kuechly could make this linebacker corps one of the best in the ACC. The Eagles will also have Alexander DiSanzo, who started three games last year, junior Dominick LeGrande, who had six starts, and Mike Morrissey, who started seven. Morrissey finished the season as the starter, so he could be the front-runner to replace McLaughlin.
Weakest position: Wide receiver
The skinny: The Eagles lose three of the four on their final two-deep from 2009. Larmond is expected to start, and he was the second-leading receiver on the team behind Gunnell with 29 catches for 596 yards and five touchdowns. BC made use of its young tight ends last year and might have to do so again. The next leading receiver returning aside from Larmond is Flutie, and he had just five catches. Ryan Lindsey will be a senior and led the fundraising efforts for Herzlich, but he hasn’t played much.