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BC vs Weber State Preview

Get ready to see a lot more eyeblack this season.
Get ready to see a lot more eyeblack this season.AP

As we patiently wait for just about 1230 tomorrow afternoon, Eagles fans everywhere are prepping for kickoff and the season ahead.

There will be plenty to get excited about and because it’s BC, I’m sure there will be plenty to cringe at too. But, as the hours draw closer to Kickoff, there’s only one thing left to get us ready for the 2010 season.

To take a sneak peek at tomorrow’s matchup against Weber State.

Now, the game isn’t supposed to be one for the ages or even close for that matter, but coach Spaz and company still need to be ready for the Wildcats come Saturday; even if they have already started looking ahead a few weeks, to when Virginia Tech comes to town.

Weber State shouldn’t be the cake walk that many expect it to be for BC on Saturday afternoon. Sure they are an FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) school and the final score may read “a lot to a little”, but they finished 7-5 last season and boasted one of the best offensive units in the country.

Their passing attack ranked 8th in FCS play and senior quarterback Cameron Higgins threw 30 touchdowns last season, including five against FBS opponents Colorado State and Wyoming.

It seems that the Wildcats have no problem throwing points up on the board, which should make provide a good test for an Eagles defense that is extremely hyped leading into the season.

As for the defensive side of the ball, Weber State isn’t very good. Montel Harris and Dave Shinskie should have their way with the undersized linebackers and overmatched corners of the Wildcats. Weber ranked 82nd in total defense last season, allowing more than 375 yards of total offense to FCS opponents per game.

The advantage on offense should bode well for the Eagles, who must get into a rhythm offensively if they expect to have any chance against the Hokies in Week 4.

That brings us to BC’s game plan for Saturday’s matchup. Expect the Eagles to get Montel started on the ground before releasing “Air Shinskie” and his big arm on the Weber defense. Building some chemistry with some of the young receivers on the team will be huge for BC’s ultimate success or demise this season.

The Eagles defense should also see some heavy action early. Look for Kuechly, Herzlich and Pierre-Louis to put pressure on the quarterback right out of the gate, and then opting to more of a four-man pass rush the rest of the way, dropping six or seven back in coverage and significantly hindering the Wildcats passing attack.

So, as the Eagles gear up for their first action in eight-months, let’s take a look at some of the keys to game.

3 Keys to Victory:

1. Air it out – Uncle Dave needs to connect with some of his younger receivers and build some sort of relationship with them down the field. Now that Larmond is done for the season, let’s see who is going to step up in his place and fill the void left by Rich Gunnell at the wide out spot. I can see Chris Pantale and Lars Anderson playing a much more integral role in the offense this season. Look for them to get a head start on Saturday.

2. Lining it up – One of the biggest questions for the Eagles heading into the season has to be about their defensive line. The line has been somewhat shaky since the loss of B.J Raji and Ron Brace two years ago. Now, it’s up to the likes of Kaleb Ramsey, Damik Scaife and senior captain Alex Albright to lead the charge and clog up those running lanes. It will be a step in the right direction for BC’s season if the guys up front can clog the holes and get into the backfield without the help of Herzlich and co.

3. Herz Returns
– After a yearlong battle with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, the 2008 ACC Defensive Player of the Year is back on the field and ready to bolster and already talented BC defensive unit. Herzlich’s health and form will be vital for the Ealges this season. If the fifth-year senior can return to his old ways and prove that he hasn’t lost a step then the combination of him and Kuechly will be the most dynamic duo in the country this season. But, the question remains what will we see in his return?

So, come on Eagles fans, go ahead and get decked out in your maroon and gold from head to toe come tomorrow afternoon and show your support for BC as they take aim at the ACC crown.

It should be a wild season and I look forward to joining you for the ride along the way.

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