Miami at Boston College: 5 Big Questions

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3. What’s to expect from the Boston College defense in the first post-Kuechly game?

Overall, I don’t think the defense is going to lose that much, but if they don’t have a good game, there’s going to be some panic. We BC fans have been spoiled the last few years with Luke Kuechly as our everyman, literally able to do the jobs of half the guys on the team on any given play. While I don’t think there will be any marked decline in the adequacy of the defense, I think BC fans will learn to appreciate Kuechly and miss him: we will all see how integral and irreplaceable he was. Players like him do not come around all the time.

He’s no longer here, but there are some other good and talented players on this defense. They aren’t Kuechly, but they don’t have to be.