The depth chart for the upcoming Boston College Eagles and UMass Minutemen game has been released. As always BCI is here to break down the changes and surprises, and to break it down.
* Anthony Brown is starting, which is no surprise given what Steve Addazio has said over the past few weeks. I was curious who the Eagles were going to put in as back up, but that doesn’t appear to be answer as both Matt McDonald and EJ Perry IV are listed this week.
* No need to put a third running back on this depth chart. It’s going to be AJ Dillon and Travis Levy going into Week 1. True freshman David Bailey, who drew the praise of Steve Addazio isn’t listed, but that doesn’t mean he won’t see game time.
* Starting five at offensive line will be Aaron Monteiro, Sam Schmal, Chris Lindstrom, Ben Petrula (RT) and Jon Baker at center. Also interesting to see that true freshman Tyler Vrabel (son of Mike Vrabel) made the two deep. John Phillips and Alec Lindstrom give the Eagles some good depth on the OL as both players have seen playing experience. Elijah Johnson still has not returned.
* Been hearing a lot of good things about tight end Hunter Long, he could be the next in line after Tommy Sweeney and could be an interesting player to watch out for this season.
* We knew that Ray Smith was going to get the nod at NT, but now we know that Tanner Karafa is going to be the DT. Karafa has been an interesting player, a kid that seems to constantly be a name you hear during spring games and during summer practices. Hopefully he can turn that into production during the season.
* I have to say linebacker was a position I was worried about last spring. But looking at that two deep and there is some serious talent at that position. Kevin Bletzer put together a solid season last year, and earned the nod, but I am also interested in Isaiah McDuffie. Davon Jones and John Lamot were starters at the end of last season, and I would imagine will see playing time as well.
* There is some youth at backup in the secondary. Brandon Sebastian (who’s brother is committed to BC as well) is a Connecticut cornerback that could bring a lot to the table, Tate Haynes, who’s father was an NFL Hall of Famer transitioned to the position last year.
* Colton Lichtenberg is kicking again, he was consistent on XP’s last year (never missed and XP outside of Fenway Park), but would love to see more consistency on field goals. Grant Carlson will be punting.