Boston College #NSD: The Wild, the Innocent and the Running Back Shuffle

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Nov 2, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston College Eagles quarterback Chase Rettig (11) celebrates with teammates after the clock runs out against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Alumni Stadium. The Eagles defeated the Hokies 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Ed Wolfstein-USA TODAY Sports

My prediction

Replacing Andre Williams will definitely be a hard task but any future Boston College running back has the advantage knowing that their coaches (Addazio and offensive coordinator Ryan Day) are seeking to build a run based system. Of course with all of the quality recruits entering the Heights there will have to be some sort of platoon. There are many possibilities on who could emerge as the feature back. Some might have Jonathan Hilliman confirming his recruiting rankings or the cocky Marcus Outlow. Honestly, I think that Myles Willis will at least captain this group from the beginning unless Tahj Kimble arises out of the ashes.

But with whatever result that occurs Boston College will have a potent running attack that could be just as a effective as Andre Williams in 2013. But the attack will definitely be different. There will be multiple running styles going after the opposing defenses in a single game. This can cause havoc and even confusion for the defenses, especially with the presence of a dual threat quarterback such as Tyler Murphy or Darius Wade. In other words, be pumped for the pounding these running backs can put on the opposition but don’t be surprised if there isn’t one with heavily superior statistics to the others this year, at least.

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