Aug 31, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston College Eagles long snapper Michael Fischer (56) kicker Joey Launceford (30) and kicker Jake Wilhelm (48) during pre game warmups prior to a game against the Villanova Wildcats at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
2014 Boston College Football Special Teams: Effectiveness
Kicking unquestionably contributed to Boston College losing games, so the effectiveness score has to take a big hit. Some will point to the Pinstripe Bowl as a key example, but in reality, the defense was far more responsible for Mike Knoll being in a position to miss the kick (though of course he should have made it).
Boston College can point to the Clemson game and the Florida State games as two that were altered by the failure of special teams. The Eagles missing an extra point against Clemson during that game made Boston College have to go for a touchdown in the final drive instead of being able to play for overtime (though, is there any guarantee the field goal would have been made, anyway?) With regards to the Florida State game, other areas of the team are also responsible for the loss, but a missed field goal — that everybody saw coming, by the way — all but sealed the deal.
The punt and kickoff games were far more effective and helped Boston College with regards to field position, but how can your unit be considered effective when it left so many easy points on the field?
2014 Boston College Football Defense: Final Grade
This is going to be a season to forget for Boston College specials, which may see a complete overhaul at the kicking position before next season kicks off. Kickers are either going to be recruited or plucked out of the stands a la Steve Aponavicius, but it will happen.