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Boston College football season outlook

Steve Addazio has led BC to back-to-back bowl games.Gerry Broome/Associated Press/File 2015

A look at the 2015 Boston College Eagles:


Steve Addazio (14-12, 3d year)

Last year

7-6 overall (4-4 ACC, 4th Atlantic Division)

Key losses

QB Tyler Murphy, WRs Josh Bordner and Dan Crimmins, OTs Seth Betancourt and Ian Silberman, OGs Bobby Vardaro and Aaron Kramer, C Andy Gallik, DE Brian Mihalik, LB Josh Keyes, CB Manny Asprilla, CB Dominique Williams, CB Ty-Meer Brown.

Key returners

QB Darius Wade, RBs Jon Hilliman, Tyler Rouse, Myles Willis and Marcus Outlow, OG Harris Williams, WR Charlie Callinan, TE Mike Giacone, DTs Truman Gutapfel and Connor Wujciak, DE Kevin Kavalec, LBs Steven Daniels and Mike Strizak, CB Justin Simmons, P/K Alex Howell.


Interesting newcomers

QB Jeff Smith, WR Elijah Robinson, RB Jordan Gowins, DBs Lukas Denis, William Harris, and Taj-Amir Torres, DEs Wyatt Ray and Zach Allen, DTs Evan Kelly and Ray Smith, LBs Jimmy Martin and Tanner Karafa, OLs Aaron Monteiro, Anthony Palazzolo, Chris Lindstrom, WRs Nolan Borgerson, Ben Glines, Chris Garrison, Chase Pankey, TE Jake Burt, and K Colton Lichtenberg.

New England players

Massachusetts: QB John Fadule, Wellesley; QB Troy Flutie, Natick; DB Taj-Amir Torres, Amherst; LB Connor Strachan, Wellseley; DB Isaac Yiadom, Worcester; DB Lukas Denis, Everett; LB Tim Joy, Chelmsford; LB Kevin Bletzer, West Roxbury; OL Ryan Conte, Somerville; LB Colton Cardinal, Franklin; LS Michael Fischer, Wellesley; LB Mark Zavrl, Andover; OL James Hendren, Medfield; OL Harris Williams, Lynn; OL Aaron Monteiro, Brockton; OL Chris Lindstrom, Dudley; OL Jon Baker, Millis; TE Jake Burt, Lynnfield; DL Kevin Cohee, West Roxbury. Connecticut: DE Zach Allen, New Canaan; RB Marcus Outlow, Norwich; LB Sharrieff Grice, Naugatuck; OL Anthony Palazzolo, Fairfield. New Hampshire: Chris Garrison, Goffstown.


After exceeding expectations in Year 1 (2013), Addazio went out and duplicated the effort — down to the exact record — in 2014 with back-to-back bowl seasons that ended 7-6. This year, Addazio's third at the Heights, that record might be unattainable as the Eagles have to replace their QB as well as five starters from last year's offensive line. BC's defense, which ranked No. 2 vs. the rush last season, will have to keep the Eagles in contention early as the offense tries to jell.


Projected finish

Fifth, ACC Atlantic Division.

Michael Vega can be reached at vega@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MBVEGA.