2014 Boston College Football Defense: Stats and Grades

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Oct 11, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack running bakc Matt Dayes (21) carries the ball as Boston College Eagles defensive back Manuel Asprilla (21) tackles during the first half at Carter Finley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Boston College Football Defense: Secondary

C. The secondary is the soft, vulnerable underbelly of the Boston College defense. The intelligent opposition knows that it is the fastest way to beat the Eagles. Give Penn State some credit, because they figured it out. <p>Boston College has had a few reliable players in the secondary over the years, but by and large the talent has been thin. It has not been helped by scheme. As is Don Brown’s wont, Boston College blitzes frequently, which is great if it works. If it does not, it exposes an already thin secondary, usually playing enough yards off of the receivers to allow big gains.</p> <p>Let’s be clear about this: we have seen the Eagles secondary have worse seasons than the one they had. For example, 2012, in which the pass defense was in the bottom half of the nation and teams would regularly take advantage of Boston College’s large cushions. Another example is 2013, when the pass defense was 113th in the nation and allowed almost 270 yards per game through the air.</p> <p>Their performance this season was pedestrian at best.</p>. CB/S. Boston College Eagles. SECONDARY

2014 Boston College Football Defense: DB Stats

Defensive back Justin Simmons led the Eagles in tackles this season with 76; he also had two interceptions.

Manny Asprilla made 70 tackles this year and had four tackles for a loss; Asprilla also forced a fumble.

Captain Dominique Williams had 59 tackles and also netted an interception.

Transfer student Ty-Meer Brown had 43 tackles this season, picking up a sack and an interception along the way.

Boston College’s pass defense allowed 229.8 yards per game this season, 68th in FBS. Their passer rating against is 133.06, 88th in the nation.

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