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October 5, 2013Quarterback: A
Chase Rettig attempted only 13 passes in the game but connected on 11 of them. Rettig finished with 203 yards passing to go along with a touchdown in the BC victory over Army.
"Chase managed the game really well. He threw the ball well, when he had to throw the ball. He did a nice job," said coach Steve Addazio.
After reviewing the game a second time it's pretty hard to find anything Rettig did wrong. The quarterback's biggest faults were probably on two of his completions to Spiffy Evans. In those completions, Rettig threw the ball a little low and to the outside of Evans who didn't have a defender within a couple yards of him. With a better pass Evans would've been able to catch the ball and run for some extra yards.
If a completed pass is the biggest fault you have with your quarterback then it's safe to say that he had a strong game.
Running Backs: A+
Andre Williams rushed for 263 yards and 5 touchdowns in what was one of the best performances from a BC running back in recent memory. Williams was one yard shy of tying the single game rushing record at BC held by Montel Harris. Williams was able to tie Harris' record for touchdowns in a game.
"I told him earlier in the week, we just have to rush for over 200 yards. That's what we want to do. We have a legitimate offensive line now guys. They're good. They blocked well. Andre ran really, really hard. I was happy for Andre. You've got to be able to run the ball when you play this team. You've got to be able to run it."
Williams was quick to compliment his offensive line for his big performance and he certainly got a lot of help from the big guys. Williams of course was awesome in his own right as he took many carries to the outside for big runs, and also used a power running game inside to pick up some big yards.
Williams obviously overshadowed the performance of Myles Willis, who had an impressive game in his own right. Willis finished with 51 yards on only 7 carries. Willis had one particular series in the 3rd quarter where he showed some traits of a playmaking running back. On the first play, Willis took a counter run for 20 yards where he showed some very good speed. On the very next play, Willis took the ball right and looked like he was going to pick up a couple of yards. Willis saw some room to the left and made an unbelievable cutback to pick up 10 yards.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: A-
Alex Amidon had 5 receptions for 122 yards and set the tone for BC early. On the very first play of the game for the BC offense, Amidon caught a quick flare on the right side of the field from Rettig. Amidon was all alone on that side of the field with only one defender. The wide receiver put a move on the cornerback who actually got enough of Amidon to put him off balance. Amidon kept his balance---while nearly falling out of bounds---and then jetted down the sidelines in what turned into a 68 yard gain.
Spiffy Evans (4 catches 63 yards) had his best receiving day of the season and was utilized well by the BC coaches.
The BC tight ends were quiet in the receiving game but did an excellent job blocking for the BC running backs.
Offensive Line: A+
The offensive line simply mauled the Army defense all game long as it pushed around the undersized opposing front. Ian White had about as dominating a performance as we've seen recently from a BC offensive lineman. White and Harris Williams absolutely controlled the right side of the line all game long.
"I feel great about the fact that we're bringing BC football back to where BC football was, which was a big powerful offensive line that could run the ball. They were big and physical. We're a work in progress right now. That's what we are. But for what it was today, we took a step forward towards bringing our program back to where we all want it to be, which is a big, physical, tough program," said Addazio.
It's tough to find much wrong with the offensive game plan as BC's 48 points were the most its scored since scoring 52 against NC State in 2009.
A big change from last week was that offensive coordinator Ryan Day chose to run the majority of the plays with 2 wide receivers on the field. Against FSU, Day chose to run big personnel sets with only one wide receiver on the field until the team was forced to throw a lot late in the game. Against Army, Day chose to use 18 plays with 12 personnel (1 RB 2 TE), 15 plays with 21 personnel (2 RB 1 TE), and a single play in 20 personnel (2 RB 0 TE). The other 17 plays were run with only 1 WR on the field.
David Dudeck and Brian Miller continue to be BC's most versatile players. Dudeck almost always lined up in the slot or the outside as a wide receiver. Miller was used as a wide receiver on the outside but also lined up as a tight end as well.
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