BC—at one point ranked the 23rd-best team in the country—is 5-2 through seven games of play. Before the Eagles kick off the back half of the schedule, it’s a good time to hand out some midseason awards.
E.J. Perry and Matt McDonald got chances to shine in the Eagles blowout win over Holy Cross on Saturday as they combined to throw for almost 200 yards and four touchdowns.
According to SB Nation, the Eagles are returning 81 percent of their 2017 production—more than any other Atlantic Division team—but that’s not to say they haven’t lost or added any key pieces this offseason.
The Eagles racked up six touchdowns in the final three quarters of play, and booked a ticket to their second-consecutive bowl game.
A.J. Dillon ran all over NC State’s 26th-ranked rush defense for 196 yards, on his way to becoming BC’s all-time freshman rushing leader, but even that wasn’t enough to make up for the Eagles’ deficiencies.
Like the first five weeks of the season, BC’s offense struggled to finish drives against the Hokies. But for the first time all year, it couldn’t lean on its special teams and secondary to keep the game competitive.
Ever since Nate Freese left for the NFL in 2013, BC has struggled to find consistency on special teams. But after four years, it appears that the Eagles have finally instituted a system that works.
Every week of training camp, the stakes get higher. On Saturday, head coach Steve Addazio mimicked game conditions for the Eagles’ second scrimmage of the summer. And the competition didn’t disappoint.
It hasn’t always been easy for Mike Knoll, but the smile on his face after Saturday’s game represents the positive vibes around BC football nowadays.