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Boston College vs. Georgia Tech In Dublin: Depth Chart

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Who is starting the opener?

NCAA Football: Notre Dame vs Boston College Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Here is the depth chart for the upcoming game against Georgia Tech in Dublin

BC vs GT
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Thoughts

Offense

  • Addazio still hasn’t named a starting quarterback, something he did a lot of last year. I expect this may be some gamesmanship on part of the head coach. Why give Paul Johnson more information than he has to? Might as well leave a little doubt in Georgia Tech’s mind, even if most believe it will be Patrick Towles
  • Great to see Jonathan Hilliman back in the starting lineup. Hopefully he will be able to handle a full game. Excited to see what he could give the Eagles.
  • Jeff Smith is starting over Thadd Smith? Speaks a lot to the chemistry he has formed with Patrick Towles. And that sub 4.4 speed? Let’s see it on Saturday.
  • Offensive line, no real big surprises other than Sam Schmal or Aaron Monteiro getting the start.

Defense

  • Kevin Kavalec gets the start over Zach Allen. Looks like I was wrong about that pick, but honestly can’t go wrong with either.
  • Ray Smith is going to get the start at the other tackle position. At nearly 300 pounds, can’t wait to see what the future of that position holds.
  • Linebackers no big surprises, basically a similar group that got most of the playing time last year
  • Gabe McClary continues to make a splash moving up to the starting role. It sounds like his good speed and large wingspan has made him the starter.

Special Teams

  • Colton Lichtenberg, time to step up, you’re clearly the kicker going into this season. Some inconsistencies from beyond 40 this summer, and had very few opportunities in 2015.
  • A bit surprised that Mike Knoll is starting over graduate transfer Satchel Ziffler at punter.
  • Two running backs as kick/punt returners. Myles Willis isn’t really a surprise, as he has made big plays in the past, but Tyler Rouse has jumped up. Sounds like he has done a nice job this summer at that position. Just worry a little with BC’s lack of depth at that position, hopefully they both can stay healthy.