The Eagles’ quarterback depth took a hit Wednesday, as it was reported that Matt McDonald has transferred to Bowling Green. There, the redshirt sophomore will reunite with former BC offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler.
Davon Jones was the Eagles’ second-leading rusher in 2016 before switching to the linebacker position the following season.
Although the final three games of the regular season ended in disappointing defeats, BC still enters the bowl season having been ranked for the first time since 2008 while additionally hosting College GameDay.
Since offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler joined the coaching staff in 2016, BC has adopted an up-tempo offense and its season scoring average has jumped from 17.2 to 32.0 points per game.
Despite missing opportunities in the first half, BC used a breakout game from Travis Levy and a strong second-half defensive effort to score 21 unanswered points and down the Hokies on the road.
The Eagles special teams unit turned in an impressive performance for the first time this season, but it was offset by an offense that took almost three full quarters to find any success in a disappointing loss.
Despite the Eagles managing to squeak out a win over Temple thanks to a career day for Ben Glines, both the run defense and the first-down playcalling remain cause for concern.
Despite having nine days between games, Steve Addazio’s Eagles looked unprepared and struggled mightily in West Lafayette, managing just 13 points in a blowout loss to Purdue.
The Eagles have used the jet sweep the last few years, but with a capable play-action passing game, it has the potential to be especially tough for opposing defenses to deal with in 2018.