We’re breaking down the biggest fall-camp position battles in the ACC for each team. Here’s a look at Boston College.
Position battle: The offensive line
The candidates: Harris Williams is the only sure starter along the offensive line, and even he is coming off an injury that cost him most of 2014. After Williams, just about every other offensive lineman is competing for a starting job as the Eagles are completely remodeling up front.
The impact: Eagles coach Steve Addazio, a former offensive line coach, has built strong offensive lines in his first two seasons at Boston College. However, the Eagles lost five seniors from last season’s group and are starting anew.
A dominant offensive line is pivotal to what Addazio wants to do, which is be a physical, run-first team. What will help an inexperienced offensive line in 2015 is that the Eagles could have the ACC’s best stable of running backs.
What could be an issue, though, is that the Eagles are breaking in a new quarterback. Though Darius Wade has some mobility, he is more of a passer than Tyler Murphy and will look to stay in the pocket this season. Will the Eagles’ offensive line able to keep the pocket clean?
Prediction: Williams will be a starter at guard, and Frank Taylor could be secure at center. Jon Baker and James Hendren could step in at tackle, but there is also senior Dave Bowen and Chris Lindstrom. There is still a lot of work remaining for Addazio before he settles on a starting five.