Preview: Boston College offense
QB Chase Rettig
QB Chase Rettig

Posted Aug 28, 2012


Lets take a closer look at Saturday's opponent, Boston College, with today's focus being on their offense.

QUARTERBACK
Chase Rettig is back for his third season as the starting quarterback. With two years under his starting belt already, he's one of the more seasoned passers in the entire league. His numbers through two years have been very average, though. His completion rate is barely over 52 percent and his TD-INT ratio is 1:1. He's not a threat on the ground and while he had a solid performance against the Canes last season, he's not likely going to throw the ball downfield a lot.

RUNNING BACK
Andre Williams is entering his junior season and is now the starter. At 6-feet and 220 pounds, he's a between-the-tackles runner who has averaged 4.6 yards per carry in each of his first two seasons. With just six career catches, he's not much of a receiving threat. He lacks breakaway speed and will be used primarily to move the chains for the Eagles offense.

WIDE RECEIVER
Colin Larmond (6-2/200/Sr) was the most productive last season of the three starters, finishing with 34 catches for 528 yards and three scores. He's the best downfield threat on offense. The other two starters -- Alex Amidon (5-11/185/Jr) and especially Jonathan Coleman (6-4/230/Jr) are possession receivers who have caught 36 and 19 career passes, respectively. Amidon is probably the number two guy here, with three career scores. They should pose much of a threat to Miami's young secondary.

TIGHT END
Returning starter Chris Pantale was going to be one of the best tight ends Miami faced this season. He's out, however, due to a broken foot. Sophomore C.J. Parsons (6-6/265/So) will start instead. He has no prior game experience and will be used mainly as a blocker.

OFFENSIVE LINE
The most experienced player here, Emmett Clearly (6-7/315/Sr) was moved from right tackle to left tackle. He has played in 36 games, starting 12 at right tackle last season. 2011's left tackle, John Wetzel (6-8/300/Sr) started 12 games and is now on the right side. They form a solid tackle tandem. Both guards -- Bobby Verdaro (6-5/310/So) and Ian White (6-5/305/Jr) are returning first year starters. Center Andy Gillik (6-3/300/So) played in nine games as a backup last season. All five starters go over 300 and the five have combined to start 49 games. They should be a solid group and will be a solid first test for Miami's young defense.



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