The Boston College secondary and go rush had been exploited by explosive go performs in final Saturday’s 56-28 loss at Louisville.
BC has misplaced consecutive ACC matches to No. 5 Florida State and Louisville, two of the 4 undefeated first-place groups in a realigned league. The Eagles (0-2, 1-4) have their greatest alternative to notch an ACC win once they host Virginia (0-1, 0-4) on Saturday afternoon (2) at Alumni Stadium.
Louisville quarterback Jack Plummer accomplished 18-of-21 passes for 388 yards that averaged out to 21.5 yards per catch. Louisville had six receivers with catches of 27 yards or extra that included landing strikes of 45, 42, 75 and 55 yards.
Those numbers had been particularly disconcerting to BC head coach Jeff Hafley, who constructed his teaching portfolio as a defensive coordinator and defensive backfield teacher.
“It is going back to what we do, our defense is built to eliminate explosives,” stated Hafley. “We usually play the free security in the midst of the sector and he must be the place he’s alleged to be and make good breaks on the quarterback.
“In certain situations, they have to stay on top and know where their help is. Now it is just hit the reset button because we really haven’t given up explosive plays in the past. I don’t foresee it becoming an issue.”
Hafley anticipates the Cavaliers will look to jump-start their passing sport utilizing two quarterbacks. Freshman Anthony Colandrea beat out a number of incumbents and a portal jumper to win the beginning job and has taken a lot of the snaps this season.
Colandrea has accomplished 63-of-102 passes for 923 yards with 5 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Tony Muskett, a senior switch from Monmouth, can also be anticipated to play.
“I anticipate both playing,” stated Hafley. “(Muskett) has thrown for a ton of yards in his profession and he was an FCS All-American and he began the season towards Tennessee.
“He has a quick release and throws a real catchable ball with a great touch and is very accurate. I give Colandrea a lot of credit, he is gritty guy and is really quick and athletic and keeps it moving around.”
Wide receivers Malik Washington and Malachi Fields account for 50 of the Cavs’ 72 completions and 726 of their accrued 1,017 receiving yards.