Boston College kicks off training camp this morning and expectations are once again high for Jeff Hafley’s squad.
Hafley is entering his third season at the helm and while last season was supposed to be the breakout season, the Eagles finished 6-6 thanks to an injury to quarterback Phil Jurkovec and inconsistent play.
With a bevy of skill players back on in Jurkovec, wide receiver Zay Flowers and running back Pat Garwo, the Eagles have plenty of playmakers to get the ball to. It is the offensive line that will be the question mark as camp begins.
Defensively, the front seven has some voids that need to be filled but the secondary will be among the best in the ACC.
Here are three things we will be watching in fall camp.
1. The offensive line: The offensive line will be under a microscope especially now that they won’t have Christian Mahogany who tore his ACL working out in June. Tackle Jack Conley will now step into the veteran role. First year offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo has plenty of talent to work but the Eagles will be young upfront and with that comes growing pains.
2. The front seven: The Eagles need to get more out of their front both in terms of stopping the run and a pass rush. Getting defensive end Marcus Valdez back helps but Hafley and defensive coordinator Tem Lukabu need to figure things out at linebacker where some new faces will get an opportunity to play in fall camp.
3. Dealing with pressure: Hafley is going to put pressure on his players in this camp. He expects to compete for an ACC title this season and so do the fans and alumni. This is an important camp and season for the program. The next step must be taken.
Final analysis: Expect a spirited training camp as the Eagles kick off what is an important season in Jeff Hafley’s tenure. Staying healthy, figuring out the offensive and defensive lines and finding depth players will be the priorities.