Nov 1, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Boston College Eagles running backMarcus Outlow
(7) runs as Virginia Tech Hokies cornerbackKendall Fuller
(11) defends in the fourth quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
2014 Boston College Eagles Bowling: Young Running Backs
As a run-first team, almost to a fault at times, one might be able to accurately say that the Boston College Eagles are a one-dimensional team. With that being so, if they are only going to do one thing, they had better do it well.
With a top-ten rushing offense three-quarters of the way through the season, it is safe to say they do. The stable of talent they have at running back has been important to their success.
Too many people overstated the loss of Andre Williams by way of dismissing what Boston College put in his place. Murphy is a big part of the Eagles’ success on the ground, but so are Jon Hilliman, Myles Willis, Marcus Outlow, and Sherm Alston. Instead of having one player do everything, the Eagles now have about five players share the burden, and all are talented enough to contribute in their own ways.
Boston College is able to cater to the strengths of all of these players, and having this sort of young depth at running back allows the Eagles to throw different looks at opposing defenses.