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Boston Herald 54 mins ago
Win over BC thrills ’78 Minutemen

Win over BC thrills ’78 Minutemen

The last time UMass defeated Boston College in football, it was merely an anecdote, a feel-good win during one of the greatest seasons in program history.In 1978, the Minutemen were careening toward their first-ever appearance in what was then the 1-AA national championship. The Eagles were the last home game on the schedule, and Boston College was going through an uncharacteristically terrible year.When UMass won, 27-0, on Nov. 25 in Amherst 36 years ago, the team felt good about it, but there were bigger fish to fry.

BC counting on youth, expecting roller coaster

The list goes on and on. There are freshmen (of both the redshirt and true varieties) everywhere on the Boston College depth chart. There's 11 on the offensive two-deep, eight more on the defensive two-deep and one more (not counting players twice) on the special-teams two-deep for a total of 20. That's nearly a third of the 63 total names listed. Add in the six sophomores listed and you're up to 41 percent underclassmen. "We have a lot of youth in our skill positions," sophomore back Myles Willis said.

Which college football team is most popular?

With Boston College and UMass set to kick off the 2014 college football season against each other on Saturday at Gillette Stadium (3 p.m. ET, ESPN3), there’s one obvious question to answer. Who is the most popular college football team in Massachusetts? According to online ticket reseller TicketCity, the answer is Harvard. That’s right, in TicketCity’s rankings the Crimson top both the Eagles and the Minutemen. Don’t believe us?
Boston Herald 11 hours ago
Transfer QB Tyler Murphy gives BC hope in Addazio Year 2

Transfer QB Tyler Murphy gives BC hope in Addazio Year 2

BOSTON — Heisman Trophy finalist Andre Williams is gone.So is top receiver Alex Amidon, and the top two tacklers from Boston College's defense last year, Steele Divitto and Kevin Pierre-Louis. Even quarterback Chase Rettig, a four-year starter, will be missed.So when BC coach Steve Addazio thinks about his first year in Chestnut Hill, when the Eagles improved by five wins and returned to a bowl game for the first time in three seasons, he doesn't exactly consider his mission completed.
Boston Herald Aug 28, 2014
Trey Dudley-Giles does it all

Trey Dudley-Giles does it all

It’s a safe bet that when UMass opens its season Saturday against Boston College, Trey Dudley-Giles will be around the football all afternoon.The 20-year-old product of Dade City, Fla., is Mr. Versatility for the Minutemen and new coach Mark Whipple. Fans can expect to see the junior line up as a safety and a kickoff and punt returner, and he also might be used on coverage teams.
Boston Herald Aug 27, 2014
BC’s offensive line a solid building block

BC’s offensive line a solid building block

Boston College running back Myles Willis made an insightful observation regarding the mechanics of team building.“We have a lot of youth at our skill positions and you would much rather have that than to flip it and have young inexperienced offensive linemen,” Willis said. “You would rather have the older line than older skill-position players.“This offensive line knows what’s up and they know how to go out and win a game on Saturday. I know them and I know they will take care of me.”

BC's defense hopes to build on progress

So, Manuel Asprilla was asked early on in training camp, entering Year 2 in Don Brown’s defense what’s the biggest difference? Is it less terminology, more time spent getting into the nitty-gritty? More X’s and O’s, less let’s-see-what-he-knows? If you spent any time around Boston College during the preseason, the 5-foot-11, 183-pound Everett, Massachusetts, native’s answer might surprise you. It was the volume level.

UMass trolls Doug Flutie and his statue

When one thinks of in-state rivalries in college football, Boston College and Massachusetts isn't exactly top of mind. But we can always get behind a little rivalry hijinks during game week. In advance of Saturday's matchup between the Eagles and Minutemen at Foxborough's Gillette Stadium, someone -- we're just going to guess a UMass supporter -- decided to go to BC's Alumni Stadium and dress up the statue of the school's most famous football alum: 1984 Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie.

BC's Bordner, Duggan, Gallik, Williams captains

Steve Addazio knew, but he wasn’t talking. The team had already voted for its 2014 captains, the ballots had been tallied and the winners ascertained, but the Boston College coach wouldn’t reveal the names at his news conference on Monday. He wasn’t being secretive, he didn’t disagree and wasn’t demanding a recount. He just hadn’t announced it to the team yet, and he wasn’t about to announce it to the public before his players.
Boston Herald Aug 26, 2014
BC Notebook: Mystery awaits Eagles in opener

BC Notebook: Mystery awaits Eagles in opener

Boston College coach Steve Addazio is braced to confront an unfamiliar opponent with a collection of unknowns.The Eagles shed the last remnants of training camp yesterday with a full-contact practice at Shea Field. The remainder of the week will focus on game-planning for Saturday’s season opener against UMass at Gillette Stadium.“We’ve got a great opportunity on Saturday to kick it off with a young football team that has worked really hard and we are all anxious to let it rip against an opponent,” said Addazio.

Three-and-out: Addazio missing film

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Boston College coach Steve Addazio held his first regular-season news conference at Alumni Stadium on Monday afternoon, and the talented talker was in midseason form. Here are a few key takeaways, in three-and-out fashion: First down: While Addazio, Don Brown and Mark Whipple all go way back, that doesn’t necessarily mean the Eagles know exactly what Whipple’s Minutemen will do when the teams face off in the season opener at Gillette Stadium on Saturday (3 p.

Three-and-out: UMass ready for Week 1

It’s here: After a long offseason, game week has arrived. UMass coach Mark Whipple participated in his first conference call for the Mid-American Conference on Monday morning, and said his team is excited to kick off the season against in-state rival Boston College at Gillette Stadium (3 p.m. ET, ESPN3). In the debut of our new-look notebook, here are the takeaways in three-and-out fashion: First down: Whipple and BC defensive coordinator Don Brown go way back, to the early days of their coaching careers.
Boston Herald Aug 25, 2014
Eagles may take to air

Eagles may take to air

The Boston College offense was imploding under relentless pressure from the defense during the Eagles’ second intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 16 at Shea Field.Then, one explosive play changed the tenor of the game.Quarterback Tyler Murphy rolled right and threw across his body to tailback Tyler Rouse on a wheel route out of the backfield. Rouse caught the football in open space and dashed 60 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown.
Boston Herald Aug 23, 2014
Tyler Murphy gets call

Tyler Murphy gets call

Boston College coach Steve Addazio yesterday made official what has been obvious since the spring football game.Florida graduate-transfer Tyler Murphy will be the Eagles’ starting quarterback when BC engages UMass in the season opener next Saturday at Gillette Stadium.“He is doing really well,” said Addazio. “He is really being a leader, he’s really commanding the offense and we are really pleased at the way he is approaching his work.”
Boston Herald Aug 21, 2014
BC Notebook: Wade impresses in final scrimmage

BC Notebook: Wade impresses in final scrimmage

Boston College quarterback Tyler Murphy made a revealing observation yesterday about the true freshman being groomed to take his job next year.Murphy, a graduate student who transferred from Florida and has one year of eligibility remaining, took a hard, competitive look at Darius Wade during yesterday’s final intrasquad scrimmage at Alumni Stadium.“Darius has come along really well in this camp,” Murphy said. “He made some nice throws, and he’s really picking up on his checks and stuff like that, and he’s working his butt off.

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