Hafley Expects Playbook to Open up as Season Progresses

A.J. Black

When Boston College takes the field this Saturday against Texas State, the playbook may look different than the one we saw against Duke last weekend. 

Head coach Jeff Hafley today explained that last weekend's game plan was not the full playbook and that this week we could expect more. This wasn't unexpected, as he had mentioned before that he wanted to simplify his playbook in the first game to help his players succeed. He explained what that looked like "I think it was about as vanilla in all three phases as you’ll see all year. We kind of took the greatest hits, what we felt best about, most comfortable about, and we just stuck to them."

The offense, which scored 26 points on 384 yards seemingly was primarily focused on four players: Phil Jurkovec, Hunter Long, Zay Flowers and David Bailey. There were only three catches made by wide receivers other than Flowers and Long, and Bailey/Jurkovec had 30 of the 42 rushes. "I think you saw, truthfully, in that first game, a very dialed-down offense from what you’re going to see going forward," Hafley told reporters. "I think you’ll see us open it up a little bit more, and I think you’ll see more guys get involved, for sure. "

The weapons are there for the offense to build upon and become even more explosive. Even with the loss of Kobay White for the season, Ethon Williams and Taji Johnson are both talented young wide receivers who should find a role in Frank Cignetti's offense. Both had big summers, that were marked with highlight reel catches splashed all over social media. While CJ Lewis, a veteran wide receiver, is a big target that had a big catch last weekend and could find more reps with White's absence. And in the backfield Patrick Garwo and Travis Levy will find more targets and carries as well.

On the defensive side of the ball, Hafley wants to see the team do better on preventing offenses from getting in the red zone. He talked about the team needing to do better on first, second and third down to keep opponents from marching down field. But when teams do get in the red zone, the defense needs to keep them out of the end zone or take the ball away. 

The Eagles take on Texas State on Saturday. How much the team opens up the playbook will be worth watching, as they face a Top 25 UNC team the following week. 

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Comments (14)
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rcmbc81
rcmbc81

How much we "open up," how much he shows, will depend upon how the game is going v Texas St. If we get out to a comfortable lead, I'd say we'll do a couple more things, but not too much. If it's a close game, Hafley will have to show more. The object is to win (duh), but we will save plenty for UNC if we're able to.

Thomas Rayam
Thomas Rayam

I think this week on both sides of the ball and special teams that BC polish the plan that they have started with! To much of any thing is just as bad as not enough! This game against Texas state will be the polishing on the Missed opportunities and break downs that happened at Duke! Expanding to much causes confusion in a new atmosphere! So let the season flow,build on the mistakes and break downs and concentrate on BC football doing the right things between the lines! Continue to teach and build on what you are doing right! And continue to learn from what your team is doing wrong! That way BC let others worry about Them all the way to a Great season! Out work’em Boys!

Edmonds Forever
Edmonds Forever

Has the Red Bandanna game been announced yet?

Grumpy06
Grumpy06

If that was vanilla game plan I will take that ever week

bcmoderate77
bcmoderate77

I think Zay said it the best “to show I can do more than just take hand offs”. Would love to see Ethon Williams rolled out. He seems to have a ton of talent in such a small sample size

BCEagle1974
BCEagle1974

Open it up full throttle and give Mack Brown something to prepare for!

WR depth needs to be used!

FlatbreadsFan
FlatbreadsFan

Thats why I wasn’t concerned about the lack of other WR targets, with a limited game plan you scheme to your best players and then build off of it.

Mk_Ultra
Mk_Ultra

If BC takes care of business like I think they should, the North Carolina game will be a primetime game on a Nationally televised network. Definitely wish they could at least fill up Alumni stadium to 30% capacity.


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