As the season gets closer we are going to get all the contributors to make their season predictions. Today it is the offensive MVP. Leave your thoughts in the comments.
A.J. Black: I love a good redemption story so I am going to go with running back Jon Hilliman this year. He had a really tough 2016 season, averaging just over 3 yards a carry, but it always seemed like he was never 100% after returning from his injury. I think this season he will be all healed up and ready to make some big plays behind what hopefully should be a much improved offensive line.
Eric Hoffses: I’m choosing tight end Tommy Sweeney. He is the most skilled receiver/tight end that the team has and is the best redzone threat. If BC has a good year then Sweeney is going to finish the year with at least six touchdowns, which would be the most that a BC tight end has had since Sean Ryan had 6 in 2003.
Matt: I like Tommy Sweeney. As a strong pass catcher out of the important position of tight end, Sweeney has the ability to run and catch like a wide receiver, but also stay in and block. Outside of AJ Dillon, he’s probably the most talented skill player on offense, but I expect Dillon to experience some growing pains which is why I like Sweeney here.
Coach JF: For this team to be good offensively, two things have to happen. The offensive line has to make major strides to allow some level of ball control. I realize they would like to go up tempo, but I just don’t think that’s a great fit. The second, is Darius Wade needs a consistent threat and that guy is Tommy Sweeney. He has hands, runs great routes and is a star in the making. Wade will have good year if he can get the ball to Sweeney.
Joe P: He won't show up in the stat sheet but, outside of whoever starts at quarterback, junior OL Chris Lindstrom might end up being the most important player on BC’s offense. Whether he ends up at right guard again, or completes his transition to right tackle, Lindstrom’s quick feet should help BC hold up along the right side in pass protection, and his ability to get to the second level will be critical if this stable of Eagle backs can live up to their big play potential.
Grant: This team will go as far as their quarterbacks take them. We don't yet know whether that will be Darius Wade or Anthony Brown, but for us to have a solid year, we aren’t going to get there by running the ball all day -- particularly with the coaches talking about going Up-Tempo. We aren't going to be playing the clock management game and will need at actually move the ball. Gun to my head, I think the raw talent of Brown polishes up and he becomes the team's offensive MVP. If not, then our offense will be an embarrassment again, no one will be O-MVP, and it's going to be a disappointing year.