Boston College Football: Eagles' 2013 Season Report Card

Season Report Card: Boston College Eagles

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Nov 30, 2013; Syracuse, NY, USA; Boston College Eagles running back Andre Williams (44) runs for a touchdown during the first quarter of a game against the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY SportsThis was a resurgent year for Boston College, coming off a rather abysmal era under former head coach Frank Spaziani. In the four years under Spaziani, the system was in a downward spiral, finishing with records of 8-5, 7-6, 4-8 and 2-10. Each year was worse than the one before, and there was no end in sight.

Steve Addazio came in and took over in 2013, and the changes came quickly. In their first season under Addazio, the Eagles won seven games, went to a bowl game, and showed a lot more competitiveness than the previous four years combined.

Offense: B

The passing game was almost non-existent, but that's due in large part to the incredible work from Heisman finalist Andre Williams. He finished the season with 2,177 yards -- best in the country -- and 18 rushing touchdowns which tied for No. 8 overall. Wideout Alex Amidon also put together a solid season, with 1,032 receiving yards and five touchdowns for a passing offense that wasn't really featured prominently. Even with the low overall passing numbers, quarterback Chase Rettig was pretty efficient, throwing for 17 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. His passer rating, completion percentage and yards per attempt were all career highs.

Defense: C+

Boston College's defense still needs some work, finishing 78th in the country in points against. Still, its 36 sacks was tied for 19th in the nation, showing an ability to get to the quarterback. For what it's worth, the Eagles were the only team other than Florida State and South Carolina to hold Clemson to under 26 points.

Sep 14, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Boston College Eagles coach Steve Addazio reacts during the game against the Southern California Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC defeated Boston College 35-7. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsCoaching: A

The difference between Addazio and his predecessor Spaziani has been a breath of fresh air for the Eagles. Addazio has brought in some great recruits, made the most of the talent he was given, and brought a sense of discipline to the team that hadn't been seen in years. You can't say enough about the job he did turning around this program.

Overall: B

There's definitely a positive attitude around Boston College right now, and there's no question that the program is heading in the right direction. Coach Addazio did a great job with his team this year, and the future is very bright. It played well against Clemson and hung in there better than anyone against Florida State. It'll likely have three-to-five players drafted this year. Overall, Eagles fans have to be extremely pleased with what they saw this year, especially considering the past few years.
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