Despite coming off a 2-10 season, it's clear that there is some talent returning to the Eagles football program in 2013. The latest indication that Addazio has the talent to make some noise this fall is Phil Steele's 2013 Preseason All-ACC Team. A total of seven different Eagles earned Phil Steele All-Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason accolades, according to an announcement made by one of college football's best prognosticators on Thursday.
Senior linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis and junior punt returner Spiffy Evans both earned All-ACC first team honors. Teammates Alex Amidon and Steele Divitto made the second team, running back Andre Williams the third team and kicker Nate Freese and offensive tackle Matt Patchan the fourth team.
Yes, Phil Steele goes to four teams because that's how he rolls.
Boston College's seven honorees was the seventh highest total in the conference (remember we are 14 now). Florida State led the way with 19 selections, followed by Clemson (12), Georgia Tech (11), Miami (11), Virginia Tech (11) and North Carolina (10). While I'm well aware of the various caveats to these preseason accolades, specifically for BC -- two of the seven are specialists and a third, Florida transfer Matt Patchan has never played a down of football in the ACC -- Phil Steele's All-ACC team is a small indicator of the talent that returns in 2013.
If there's an obvious red flag to Steele's preseason All-ACC Team honorees for Boston College, it's the surprising lack of depth outside of this year's senior class. Only one of the Eagles' seven honorees -- junior Spiffy Evans -- will be with the program in 2014. While there will be an opportunity this season for underclassmen to step and contribute in 2013, the program will have several question marks at key positions going forward; not just at wide receiver (Amidon), linebacker (KPL, Divitto), running back (Williams), special teams (Nate Freese) and on the O-Line (Patchan), but also at quarterback (Rettig) and the D-Line (Ramsey, Edebali).