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
“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
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.”