Eagles look to finally take flight in passing game

To say Boston College struggled on the offensive side of the ball in 2015 would be putting things more mildly than Texas Pete. The Eagles were a mess, and it started with the quarterback position. Four different players took snaps and attempted at least 42 passes; only John Fadule completed better than 50 percent of his passes. He also averaged only 6.4 yards per attempt, and threw four times as many interceptions as touchdowns.

Suffice to say, it’s hard to win football games when the idea of a forward pass is an impossibility. Boston College finished dead last in the ACC in scoring offense (No. 121 in the nation); they scored just 17.2 points per game, and honestly, that number is misleading. The Eagles scored 76 of the 206 points they accumulated all season in that laugher against the Bison — a game that was shortened by 10 minutes of gameplay in the second half. Boston College’s offense scored just 27 touchdowns last season, and more than a third of those came against Howard (10). If you remove that outlier, the Eagles averaged just 11.8 points per game over their remaining 11 contests.

Boston College was, unsurprisingly, in the cellar of the ACC when it came to passing offense, too. The Eagles averaged just under 111 passing yards per game. The notoriously run-heavy Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets attempted 56 fewer passes than Boston College, but in just as many games, Paul Johnson’s crew threw for 131 more yards through the air. Steve Addazio is now tasked with the option of how to remedy this situation. Fadule is back, but the two guys competing for the starting gig are Patrick Towles — a transfer from Kentucky who is eligible to play in 2016 — and Darius Wade.

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