Dec 202003
 
Authors: Steve Latuda

The Boston College Eagles (7-5) are a team unlike any team that

the Rams have seen this year, and CSU knows it.

“They run a lot of cover-2, kind of like Utah,” sophomore wide

receiver David Anderson said about the Eagles’ defense. “They are

fast, big and aggressive, but we really did not see that kind of

defense in the Mountain West this year.”

The Eagles’ cover-2 defense is set up like the Rams’ cover-2,

but every defense has its own style.

The Eagles’ defense gave up an average of 25.8 points per game

this year, while the Rams gave up an average of 23.6.

As for rushing, BC allowed 127.2 yards per game on the ground,

but the Rams gave up 156.1 yards on the ground.

That number could be a problem since the Rams will see possibly

the best running back and offensive line they have faced all

season.

“Their two offensive guards were both first-team All Big East

selections,” said defensive linemen Patrick Goodpaster. “And their

running back is better than DonTrell Moore.”

That is bad news for the Rams because Moore, a running back at

New Mexico, led the MWC in rushing this season, and ran for 242

yards and three touchdowns in the Rams’ 37-34 loss to the Lobos

early in the season.

“Their offense is a little like New Mexico’s,” head coach Sonny

Lubick said. “But they are a lot more physical up front.”

Offensive guards Augie Hoffmann and Chris Snee have been the

catalysts behind the powerful Eagle rushing attack all season

long.

They formed the core of an Eagle offensive line that paved the

way for Knight to rush for 1,599 yards in 2003 and become BC’s

all-time rushing leader with 3,603 career yards.

The 6-foot-2-inches, 310-pound Hoffmann is the leader of the

line, and was awarded the Scanlan Award, the highest honor bestowed

upon a Boston College football player.

As for Snee, the 6-foot-3-inches, 330-pound junior has a chance

to win the Scanlan Award next season.

The Eagles offense is averaging 28 points and 408 total yards of

offense per game.

The Rams score 30 points and total 443 yards per game.

Friday was the first day the Rams were able to practice on their

new AstroPlay artificial practice field, and both the players and

coaches gave it high reviews.

“I liked it,” Anderson said. “Playing on the old field feels

like you are running on concrete. I wish we could get about three

more of them.”

“It is really nice to have,” Lubick said. “This is going to help

us in everyway.”

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