Boston College Daily Links: Rettig More Confident Passing The Ball

Boston College QB Chase Rettig set to wing it around (The Boston Globe)
“He’s a lot more comfortable with this scheme and the guys on the team,’’ linebacker Luke Kuechly said. “It definitely shows. He’s more confident when he’s passing the ball. He throws the ball better. “He’s got a better control of the offense, and that’s important.’’

Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly stellar on, off field (The Boston Globe)
The JOP? That stands for “jumping on piles.’’ “He always says I jump on piles at the end,’’ Luke Kuechly said, smiling. “He says they just feed me tackles sometimes if I just jump on the pile. He says, ‘Luke, you’re jumping on the pile again.’ I’m like, ‘Dad, I got there. They gave me one, so I’m going to take it. I’m going to take what I can get."

Former Brockton High standouts Louis-Jean, Williams reunited at Boston College (The Patriot Ledger)
Instead of being ACC rivals for the next four seasons, Williams, a redshirt freshman who wears No. 9, is playing strong safety for BC while Louis-Jean, a true freshman who is No. 5, is at cornerback.

BC running backs downplay injuries (ESPN ACC Blog)
“I’m glad I did it because they found out there was more to it than what the MRIs were showing,” said Harris, the ACC’s active leading rusher in yards (3,600) and carries (756). Harris will miss the season opener against Northwestern, but he said he hopes to be back by Week 2, “especially with how it’s feeling right now.” He said he is optimistic about a speedy return, but he’s not the only running back who’s nursing an injury. Backup Andre Williams sprained his right ankle recently, and has been receiving extra treatment on it. Despite the recent lack of production from the Eagles’ top two rushers, those within the program have dismissed the notion of any serious concerns about the position. 

The 2011 Season Is HERE: Bring On BC! (Lake The Posts)
I truly believe BC is Northwestern’s kindred football mirror in New England. Both schools are in sophisticated near-suburbs of a major metropolis. Both football programs are always trying to scream for market share as they respectively fall somewhere around sixth in their respective markets behind iconic pro teams. Both are proud, private academic-minded schools with smaller than bigtime football stadiums and despite continual program arrow upward trends, both struggle mightily to put butts in seats. BC and NU were 65th and 68th respectively in 2010 football attendance with the Eagles (38,369) besting NU by less than 2,000 fans per game (36,449) (for what its worth, Stanford, who went to the Orange Bowl, was 62nd with 40,042 in 2010. Heck ,we even both have an ignominious gambling scandal to our respective athletic programs’ name both in the mid 1990s. But let’s not go there.

2011 ACC Conference Summary (Football Study Hall)
When I wrote Miami's profile in July, I was really talking myself into them. Now? Not so much. It is difficult to make predictions for the ACC, especially the Coastal Division, when we have no idea what kind of kinks and suspensions NCAA investigations will throw into the mix. For now, I have no faith in Miami -- not with double-digit suspensions a possibility -- but ... I really don't have faith in anybody in the Coastal Division. And you have no idea how close I came to talking myself into Clemson making a major run. I'm an addict.

Final Conference Poll Update! (Phil Steele's College Football Blog)
According to you, Florida St will win the ACC Atlantic. So far the Seminoles look like clear winners in all the games (79% or more). Virginia Tech gets the nod in the Coastal as the Hokies (8-0) look to have a rematch against the Seminoles in the ACC Title game. Miami and North Carolina have each had their off-the-field issues this year and are picked to go 5-3 in the conference.

ACC power rankings: Week 1 (ESPN ACC Blog)
8. Boston College: The Eagles have been raving about their offensive improvement this month, some of which can be attributed to the progress of quarterback Chase Rettig in his second season as a starter, and also because of the hire of offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers, who has made an immediate impact. Was the offense that good this summer, though, or does the defense have a few weaknesses? Northwestern should provide a better clue. 

Season Prediction Part I: worst case scenario (Eagle In Atlanta)
This would leave BC at 4-8 (3-5) and out of the postseason. It would also raise numerous questions about the direction of the program. As I said, I don't think this will happen, but it is in the realm of possibility.

Post-camp/Offseason ACC Blogger Power Poll (ACC Blogger)
Another team with a new offensive coordinator here with Kevin Rogers, and the early returns are positive from the BC faithful. Fall camp wasn’t kind to the RB corps though with Montel Harris needing knee surgery that’ll keep him out for some of the early games, and No. 2 back Andre Williams spraining his ankle. At least initially, the pressure will be on sophomore QB Chase Rettig to perform against an underrated Northwestern team and a not exactly easy road trip to UCF in week two.

Top 10 Games Of Opening Week In College Football (The Crystal Ball Run)
An intriguing inter-conference matchup between a couple bowl teams from last year may be the best under-the-radar game this week.  BC was the definition of streaky in 2010 - 2 straight wins, 5 straight losses, 5 straight wins and then a bowl loss to Nevada in the prestigious Whatever Happened To That Guy With The Golden Voice Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.  Unfortunately the preseason ACC player of the year, RB Montel Harris, will likely miss the game with a knee injury.  Northwestern QB Dan Persa lit up the Big Ten until his season ending achilles injury late in the season in 2010.  His play was still good enough to earn 1st Team B1G honors though.  Don't discount the dark horse nature of his #Persastrong Heisman campaign if NU (they evidently hate to be called NW) can duplicate their hot start from last year.

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