Eagles Football: 2014 Boston College Defensive Line Preview

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Sep 15, 2012; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats running back

Mike Trumpy

(32) runs against Boston College Eagles defensive lineman

Connor Wujciak

(90) and linebacker

Kevin Pierre-Louis

(24) during the fourth quarter at Ryan Field. Northwestern won 22-13. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Boston College defensive line preview: the Boston College defensive line is both a question mark and a wild card for the Eagles in 2014.

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Boston College plays a 4-3 base defense, and of the four men who started the 2013 AdvoCare V100 Bowl, none are still on the team. At the same time, this is a unit that excelled in some areas and was average in others. Last season, we knew to at expect least expect the inconsistency; this year, it will be more difficult to figure what these new starters can do until they are all on the field together.

Admittedly, the Eagles defensive line did a great job with the pass rush in 2013. They went from literally the worst sacking team in the nation to one of the best in just a year. In terms of run defense, they were right around average relative to the rest of FBS, but there were games they could have been better.

The defensive line has reloaded for 2014, but what is to be expected of them? If only we knew.

A good performance by this unit could make the defense as a whole noticeably better, with the side effect of improving Boston College’s chances at winning those “toss-up” games and making a bowl. The inverse is also true, with negative side effects.

2014 Boston College Defensive Line Preview: Losses

Dominic Appiah, off roster
Kieran Borcich, off roster
Kasim Edebali, graduation
Kaleb Ramsey, graduation
Jaryd Rudolph, graduation

2014 Boston College Defensive Line Preview: Gains

• Kevin Cohee, freshman
• Jack Kenny, freshman
• Harold Landry, freshman
• Noa Merritt, freshman
• Austin Stevens, freshman
• Joe Vitiello, freshman