August 27, 2008

Boston College news and notes

On the upcoming season…
In his second season coaching the Eagles, coach Jeff Jagodzinski said expectations haven't changed at Boston College. "We're still trying to get to a championship and win the ACC," he said. "I think the kids are a little more comfortable with expectations and knowing what I expect and how things are done, so in that effect, I think we're ahead of the game."

On friend and former East Carolina colleague, Kent State head coach, Doug Martin
Martin and Jagodzinski have been friends for a long time, Jagodzinski said. "I think he's very creative and uses his personnel wisely and puts them in the right position."

On the Golden Flashes…
Jagodzinski said he sees similarities between the Flashes and the Eagles that go back to the East Carolina teams he and Martin coached on. He added that the same plays are being run, terminology is the same, and he also believes that formations are called the same way the Eagles call them, all of which Steve Logan, Boston College offensive coordinator and former head coach at East Carolina, put into place in 1991.

On Kent running back Eugene Jarvis
Jagodzinski has seen Jarvis rack up yardage against schools like Iowa State and Ohio State on his way to becoming the fifth leading rusher in the nation last season and is looking for a challenge to Boston College's defense.

On Kent quarterback Julian Edelman
"We think he's a good player and with another year under Doug's system, I think he's going to be pretty effective."

On Kent's strategy…
Jagodzinski thinks the Flashes will use multiple formations on offense and said he doesn't expect to see a lot personnel groups used in the single-back based offense.

On Boston College players…
Due to injuries to the linebacking core, senior Kevin Akins has taken on multiple roles rotating between linebacker and the bench corner position. As for the position he'll be in on Saturday, "He'll be on the field one way or another," Jagodzinski said.

Jagodzinski also said senior linebacker Brian Toal will be ready to play and added that Toal is one of the fastest players on the team.

The Eagles' coaches are expecting big things from safety Dominick LeGrande. Jagodzinski said LeGrande stood out the most from the incoming freshman.

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