Last Saturday concluded an abysmal football season for the Boston College football team.
Plagued by what seemed to be an ceaseless amount of season-ending injuries, as well as a tremendously difficult schedule this year against powerhouse teams like Notre Dame, Clemson and Florida State, Boston College could not get into any type of rhythm.
The imbalance between having the best defense in the country with the worst offense of all FBS teams resulted in the Eagles losing eight straight games, finishing last in the ACC and possessing a record of 3-9.
Unsurprisingly, players are frustrated with the outcome of the season. However, seeing three players already claim that they have intentions of transferring two days after the season ends is rather startling.
Running backs Marcus Outlow and Jordan Gowins, as well as wide receiver and special teams star Sherman Alston, have all announced that they will not be playing under the lights of Alumni Stadium for the 2016 season.
Although specific reasoning for their quick departures is not completely known, there is some explanation as to why these individual players have grown frustrated with their roles on the team.
Boston College clearly proved itself to be a run-oriented offense this year. Out of the 751 total plays called from scrimmage, 502 of them were handed off to a running back or kept by one of BC’s many mobile quarterbacks for a keeper.
With the loss of starting running back Jon Hilliman early on in the season, one wouldn’t be wrong to think that this would be a perfect opportunity for Steve Addazio to spread the ball around and give all of his backs a chance to shine.
This simply was not the case for Outlow and Gowins, who were set as the third and fourth string backs for the entirety of the season. The two combined for a total of 68 carries over the course of the season and together averaged 4.2 yards per carry.
Meanwhile, backup quarterback Jeff Smith was getting more looks than both of them combined, with 71 total carries on the season. It is easy to see here that these are two gifted athletes not getting the chance to expose their talent enough, and it is completely understandable to see them want to leave on account of it.
As for Sherman Alston, he is most likely going to be the biggest loss the program has thus far in the off-season. Standing at 5’6”, Alston was able to showcase his quick jukes and blazing speed on the reverse option and on kick returns. He left a lot of SuperFans in awe with his playing style, and after seeing his break away run against USC during his freshman season, many had the feelings that this kid was going to be something special. Yet, his numbers this season really did seem to taper off compared to his first as an Eagle.
In his freshman year, Alston had 34 carries for 352 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while also catching 16 passes for 175 yards and two receiving touchdowns. This year, he only carried the ball 13 times for 36 yards and caught just seven passes for 77 yards and no touchdowns. The numbers clearly speak to a season of Alston’s frustration and desire to play for a program that will actually use him as the weapon he most certainly has the ability to be.
Ultimately, it is a shock to see key players leave the team so early in the season, but judging by their numbers, it’s hard not to blame them.
This past season was by far the worst of the Addazio era, and it was plagued with frustration for coaches and players alike. The staff could not seem to help the team win, and the players who wanted to shine likely felt that they were not being given the opportunity to help turn the season around—especially with the way the team was run.
Seeing these guys go is tough for any SuperFan, but all we can do is wish them the best of luck in their endeavors and see how BC football can adjust to their departures.
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