CHESTNUT HILL, MA - SEPTEMBER 03: Andre Williams #44 of the Boston College Eagles carries the ball in the second half against the Northwestern Wildcats on September 3, 2011 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.The Northwestern Wildcats defeated the Boston College Eagles 24-17. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Last week we previewed the BC football team and asked you the readers to predict who the MVP's on offense and defense would be. Overwhelmingly and for good reason you selected Chase Rettig and Kevin Pierre-Louis. Today we are going to look at biggest surprises on the Eagles, specifically the offense. Who could shine this season that wasn't expected? Could an injury force someone deeper on the depth chart to start, and in return that player rocks the Heights? Let's look at some possibilities.
Harrison Jackson (WR) -- A true freshman from Virginia, Jackson has already begun to turn heads. He had a solid first scrimmage, and has the size and speed to be an immediate threat for the Eagles. Combine that with the lack of depth at WR, and Doug Martin's spread-ish offense, and Jackson may be a household name for Eagles fans come September.
Jarrett Darmstatter (TE) -- After successful surgery yesterday, Chris Pantale is going to miss 6-8 weeks, which would bring him back sometime near the end of September. Darmstatter by all accounts will take hold of the starting tight end position. If the offensive line can gel, and the tight end isn't needed every down to block, could Darmstatter become a reliable check down and red zone option for Chase Rettig?
Andre Williams (RB) -- Last year was a disappointing year for the junior running back. After showing how dominant he can be against Syracuse in 2010, Williams struggled to shed tackles, and his yards per carry average dipped from 4.85 to 4.17. With Montel Harris gone, AW could be a lethal tandem with Rolandan Finch, and could provide the best duo for the Eagles since Montel and Josh Haden.
Brian Miller (WR/TE) -- It's hard to figure out what is going on with Brian Miller. He has been sidelined with pain in his knee which according to Spaziani is something that has hampered him since high school. If Miller could stay healthy, he could become a matchup nightmare for the Eagles, big enough to out reach a corner, and fast enough to get behind linebackers. Again health will be an issue, but could a healthy Brian Miller be a big time target this year?
Johnathan Coleman (WR) -- It's been a rough two years for the junior wide receiver. Last season he either was never thrown to, or was on the bench in favor of Alex Amidon. He has the size and speed to be an effective receiver, but can he pick up the new offense? Also, will a freshman receiver push him down on the depth chart?
Others -- Could there be another player that shines this season. Maybe it could be a speed back like Tahj Kimble. Or possibly another tight end excels such as Mike Naples or Mike Giacone. Or another wide receiver such as Alex Amidon or Joel Zoungrana.
So who will be the diamond in the rough this year? Make sure to vote and leave your thoughts in the comments.
Who will be the biggest surprise on offense this year for the Boston College Eagles?
Harrison Jackson (WR) (52 votes)
Jarrett Darmstatter (TE) (17 votes)
Brian Miller (WR/TE) (19 votes)
Andre Williams (RB) (27 votes)
Jonathan Coleman (WR) (14 votes)
Another player (Kimble, Amidon etc) (21 votes)
150 total votes