Boston College football preview!

#1o9 R.P.I. Virginia Tech vs. #113 R.P.I. Boston College:

Today’s word of the day is… Aquila

\ ˈa-kwə-lə also ə-ˈkwi-lə \

14th century Latin.


  1. a constellation in the northern hemisphere represented by the figure of a celestial eagle
  2. The bird of Prey come Saturday midnite? As one of these two has to go phoenix.
  3. Stefano DiMera humor inset (______), here, check!

Boston College Head CoachJeff Hafley: age=43, (12-12 overall and @B.C.); has a rep’ for Defense itself and the Secondary in particular. Also said to be an Ace at game prep, and an Energizer bunny type of coach.

And oh yes, he just inked the #1, that’s no.1 B.C. recruiting class, ever!
Did I mention the alpha recruiting, yet?

Baller Hafley was a four-year letterman (1997–2ooo) as a Wr1 on the Siena Saints football team and graduated in 2001 from Siena College with a bachelor’s degree in history. He earned a master’s degree from the University at Albany, SUNY in 2oo3.

Home team 1o1…

Before entering the N.f.l. ranks, Hafley spent 11 years on the collegiate sidelines with coaching stints at Worcester Polytechnic (2001), Albany (2002–05), Pittsburgh (2006–10), and Rutgers (2011). While at Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights were the ninth-ranked passing defense in the country and Duron Harmon earned first-team All-Big East honors and Logan Ryan received second-team accolades. Both Harmon and Ryan were drafted by and played for the New England Patriots. Additionally, you can see where recruiter Hafley has some inherent in situ P.R. type juice already Nor.-by-Nor-East hooked up and good to go.

In 2012, Hafley made his N.f.l. coaching debut with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He joined the Bucs as assistant defensive backs coach and spent 2013 as the secondary coach/Fs/Ss. In 2013, Hafley oversaw a unit that helped Tampa Bay finish tied for third in the N.f.l. with 21 interceptions. On January 27, 2014, Hafley was hired by the Cleveland Browns to coach the secondary. Hafley would remain in this role for 2 seasons (2014–15), before being relieved of his duties due to a coaching overhaul. On January 24, 2016, Hafley was hired by the San Francisco 49ers’ new head coach Chip Kelly to coach the defensive backs. In 2019, he was hired to be the co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State. Hafley quickly established himself as one of the best recruiters in the country, truly. He has a rep’ of: “a monster” defensive coach in the coaching sewing circles. And, he can also ink studs to LOI (letters of intent); what with being ranked ninth overall recruiter for the 2020 national recruiting class by On December 13, 2019, he was hired to be the head coach at Boston College after the firing of Steve Addazio.

Finally, from what Eye can gather/glean? This is one well-loved coach… in; house. Staffers,, administrators, and media alike all sing coach Haf’s praise. And where there is that much smoke there is bound to be some smores, fire. (Not since ½ past Frank have Eye heard of it on this level, either. So you’d have to think he is doing something(s), right… Godspeed to any leftover/refugee good guy still fighting the good ’22, fight!)

Pappi Hafley is the father of two daughters, Hope (born 2016) and Leah (born 2019);
and so is his wifey, ‘Gina.

2021 record:  6 up 6 down and 2-6 in the A.c.c.

 Boston College Defense: (starters back=8)

  • 52nd in Total D.
  • 1o9th vs. the run.
  • 18th vs. the throw.
  • 31st in Zone D.
  • 6.5 of 1o in dLine Havoc. Schematically, do understand… via Gap-plugging Xs vs. O’s design, this isn’t an attacking group that’s going to take a whole lot of chances to get bust northward and into the opposing backfield. However, there should be a decent rotation in the interior, and leading sacker Marcus Valdez –five sacks and seven tackles for loss– returns at De1. As the mantra here is to keep the 2nd and the 3rd layers uncovered or at least reasonably clean and therefore free to flow or fill to the ball. That squarely struck, BeeCee was noticeably November better down in the trenches last year for the first time since 2o18. That would be a real buck-up for ’22 if that increase in winning individual Gaps can attend for an entire ’22 year. Dline overall returns six pack-animals upfront with ≥2oo-snaps in ’21. That’s at least pretty dang savvy if not reasonably experienced (including some returning/maturing depth reps) group. You could do worse. (Can they stop the run though? As that has been a frontline foible for a spell up on the parquet flooring for Boston). dLine is okay sized. Not real tall… and their Ng1: 5′1o″, 286 lb. (Chibueze Onwuka, who has a history of outright ‘dents’ Coach God Bless) is a sawed-off sparkplug of a cinderblock on the inside. DLine seems better to me outside (De’s) than in’ (Dt/NG). (And a lot mo’ experienced at the bookends, which may very account for that). And although the 1’s are decent, depth is pretty thin upfront here. There are several wannabe Carlton Powell’s here, that try to look the bullying eye-to-eye on the boards mänō ä ˈmänō part. (Be interesting to see how much lunch money Rudolph and Co. have as disposable income— or not).
  • 5 in 1o in Linebacking Havoc. veteran Vinny DePalma will likely replace the venerable and sometimes downright useful Isaiah Graham-Mobley at Middle-‘backer in BC’s 4-2-5 base. He’ll be joined by Kam Arnold, with Bryce Steele getting a good bit of run, too, following an impressive true freshman season. The vibes are that the top-2 are quite solid enuff; granted. Tho’ this College may need a Pell grant behind the Top-2 to subsidize any fill-in depth if/when needed. 2nd-layer is nearly lowercase. They move semi-well at the expense of mass and height alike. Like to see us go straight at ’em just what for… (and see how that 4Q wear-n-tear phonebooth fight tastes?)
  • 8 of 1o in Secondary Havoc. BeeCee returns most of its starters from last year’s secondary, including star Nickelback Josh DeBerry (dynamic baller here), and Ss Jaiden Woodbey, who was All-A.c.c. honorable mention already. And these guys are pretty fair-to-middling, as their pass-rush upfront was well south of middleocore itself. Woodbey is appropriately well-surnamed; as he has a rep’ for bringing and laying the same (i.e., some wood) at times. Strong tackler here gents. The Safeties are big per necessity here, and the Corners are jack of all trades and can do a little of everything in both run-fills and pass-pro’ alike. Four former starters are ’22 back and that’s not the worst hind-4 signal here. D-backfield does court a little height, so they match up well there. Just light in the pants with 3 1’s all at 185 down to 175 lbs. Gotta physically test them with our Jumbo Twin-Te sets. Cb’s are pretty dang good; 1 S is at least as good as the over is acceptable+++. This is an experienced and talented secondary folks, and they are versatile on tape on top of all of that. Strong unit. Though they are more of a Mary Poppins or tri-umbrella look at times deep. Clearly, they want to keep everything in front of them and force you to drive fields bite by bite or bit by bit piecemeal.

    BeeCee D base set: (mostly forty-three): (even looks a little Fosterioan, don’t it?)
  • D overall: The Eagles boast the same staff they’ve had each of the past two seasons. That side of the ball has seen on-trend positive steady growth, particularly against the pass. In 2o19, the season before Hafley took over, BeeCee ranked 122nd in pass defense. Last year, the Eagles climbed all the way to third nationally in that category, allowing a mere 173.5 yards per game through the air. BeeCee was tied for 16th in the country in the fewest passing touchdowns allowed (14) and tied for 27th in the F.B.S. in opponent completion percentage (57.9%).
    (film-study): decently physical D, seemed just a mite mo’ kinetic than years past upon breaking-tape. Rutgers however only tallied on play north of 26-yards. So, they did not kayo punch BeeCee so much as they nickeled and dimed BeeCee to death. RU did run well inside and just to the off-T edge; as BeeCee really keyed/crowed the 1st-option. Pun intended. Lotta over pursuit or excess aggression. Eagle tacking was not too shabby, they played hard; aggressive ball. Played well vs. modest Qb’s (plural) for Rutgers too threw the airwaves. Although there is room in front of that quasi-Cover-3 deeper drop if you have a snappy midrange game. Ditto their seam rotations (as many as 5 in a Cover-3) are so-so at times on velocity itself.
  • ∑ (summary): returning D production=67% (66nd or average). Not sure BeeCee R.A.T.T. has one, tho’ Jaiden Woodbey is closest as your conflict defender here. Last time BeeCee ranked 92nd in rushing defense, giving up 17o.8 yards per game on the ground. Generating a pass rush was the unit’s biggest issue in 2o21, though. The Eagles were tied for 96th in sacks per game (1.75).
    That is all to say… I really wish we had a pure rusher of a Qb1 for BeeCee. Eye might just dabble in the upset pick if we did. As they cannot stop two quality rushing threats. Though they might be able to buckle down a bit vs. just a singular traditional run-fit (hand-off) one. (However, RU did some things to BeeCee on misdirection and near trickeration type of sets… we should have those in the playbook and they would fit King or maybe Beck rather well indeed).

Defensive letter-grade:
This is an average D overall. Same as last year early on this year… better vs. the pass and nearly inviting vs. the run. C to maybe the lowest possible C+.

p.s., O.d.u. was 30th in Returning Production last week… and we all saw what the Learning and Experience curve happened when the O&M chips got big-n-blue. i.e., VeeTee is 77th in returning experience; with new everything everywhere you look.

Boston College Offense: (returning starters=4)

  • 1o5th in Total O.
  • 126th in ground O.
  • 43rd in aerial O.
  • 83rd in Passing Efficiency O.
  • 1st in Zone O!!!
  • O overall: Qb1-2-3??? N.Dame transfer and immediately eligible Qb Phil Jurkovec takes the Eagle reins. Jurkovec (grate western-Pa. All the Right Moves surname) was Selected to participate in the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. Where he was one of four finalists for the Felix “Doc” Blanchard Award, which recognizes a player on the U.S. Army All-American Bowl East roster “who exhibits prowess in the classroom and the field”. that does not student-athlete suck. And neither did finishing his Pine-Richland H.S. career stats up with: 11,144 total yards, 8,202 passing yards, 71 TD passes, and a 68.4 percent completion percentage! Great for 3rd place in western-Pa (en Fuego hotbed for Qb talent historically) total yards passing all-time. That’s an 11.1K careerist passing mind yah on only 9 handheld healthy digits as he missed over half a year with a ripped-up thumb. (St.Julia bless). As I and Fonzie are wondering where Jurkovec is in Pa. history on two good thumbs? Because as a wingman Top Gun Sr. year went? He only went for a state single-season record of 5,180 total yards, with 63 total TDs. Which led Pine-Richland High School to a 16-0 record and the 2017 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association AAAAAA state championship. That’s all. Hence Phil’s mere 66th overall national ranking and 4th best dual-threat Qb tab per 247Sports. Phil’s is only the fourth or so bio’ I’ve studied with NO family information. Addition via subtraction I fear, Godspeed on whatever that is code for here. Phil goes: 6′6″ with a whopping 37″ can dunk vertical at 228 lb. metrics on 4.84 serviceable pigskin speed. In the film, Phil looks like a deceptively good athlete given his size. He enjoys the arm strength to make all the throws and flashes touch on the deep ball. Big ass long-limbed/wingspan helps put his receivers in a good position after the catch. Can make things happen when the play breaks down. Phil however does court a quirky arm action, not a smooth release; wasted motion does lurk here. As this kid brings a nearly 70% passing acumen in collegiate terms overall; and yet at BeeCee his passing has cooled every week from an apex of 74% to start to a nadir of 54%. Go fig’ on that? And go fig’ on being nearly 10% better @Away than @Home with a stellar +68 visiting Qb1 or road-warrior bump! Phil also throws historically better by +6% after intermission. So, there are some competitive/gamer-type signs here. And same as Viagra, you gotta wonder what this F’n Irish now F’n Eagle Qb1 could do if he could only remain upright and, erect? (mo’: below). ’cause 65.1% good for 1,181 yards, with a shiny 4:1 passing ratio and no real Rb help— as this is quasi Atlas world on your back territory indeed. In the team’s first four games, Jurkovec has compiled a program record of 1,181 yards to start last year. That’s more than guys named Flutie, m.Hasselbeck and Matty Ryan. A few forced throws notwithstanding, this is a strong-armed kid, and he knows/shows it too. Though a throwing-hand fracture is seldom -if ever- a beneficent passing fancy thang. (St.Julia bless on dat). i.e., how healthy will he ’22 be???
  • Qb2: Dennis Grosel started the last game. Then Freshman Qb3 Emmett Morehead made his collegiate debut on BeeCee’s third series of the game. Morehead finished 6-of-15 passing with 87 yards while Grosel — who returned in the fourth quarter — went 9-of-17 for 93 yards. Mmmm-K. And IF I knew who was (or who should be) Qb1 here I’d be the second to know— as you have to wonder if Coach Hafley and Co. know? In brief… the book(s) here read: Em’ is a: Alexandria, Va. native/escapee. A pocket-passing one. Morehead (funny), had a decent regional offer list. Private school kid too, (V.E.S.) which may have held him back a bit recruiting/advertising-wise. Tho’ only 52nd in-state. Has long-ass Tarzan canelo flowing locks, and the Co.Ed ovHER bet is prolly a good one on him. Good size (6′5″, 233 lbs., gray-shirt rookie). As his father played football and was on the crew team at Princeton while his mother was a member of the Princeton basketball team. So, the physicality and the fiscality are Ivy League inherent enuff. Surfer in his spare time, a guitar plucker as well. -18 rushing, married to: 40% passing, and a 0:0 ratio is not a lotta film/data points for me to extract. Still yet, the vibe is Hafley likes Moorehead, and which guy does not? Did I mention his surname yet? As Em’ seems to have some velocity/arm talent on what little tape I could find. As he sat himself H.S. cv19 down for 2o2o. However, the roster card says that: Dennis Grosel (6′1″, 221 lbs.) is starting. Dennis is a Grad.Year, r-Sr. He clearly gets the experience nod on a 10-8 round. He did set a few regional-level Ohio H.S. passing recs. He had a collegiate pitching look too… so he can win the October Classic arms race here. Has been a yo-yo or up-n-down pitching the pigskin @BeeCee. From: 47% to 68% then back down to 58% this year with multi-starts in each of his 3 preceding Eagle nesting’s (seasons). A modest 21:13 career ratio agrees. Tho’ Dennis has better wheels with +300 rushing yards for his career and 24 points per it. Dennis was better earlier this year and has 5 picks in his last 4 contests. As his competition % has dropped (pardon the pun) every single week since 9.25. And oddly enough, he scores mucho bookend better, what with 64% Q1 and then a nifty 69% Q4. Sammwiching lowly 47% Q2 and an even worse 42% Q3. Go fig’ on that? Tho’ do fig that Grosel is the rusher and that Moorehead is the future… although who is Friday Night Lights=??? here.
  • Rb1-2: Pat Garwo III is your mail carrier here, and then Alec Sinkfield gets his handful+ per game after that. Patrick Garwo III (5′8″, 218, Soph.) is a human Smith-rack or a darty good squat rusher. As hommie looks like he’s got at least smallmouth bass stapled to his arms… maybe a Nor.Pike? Strong kid in the northern hemisphere, who does not seem his listed height on tape to me. Still yet, ≅6-yards/carry is a first down every two tries. That does not suck— tho’ #24 does wear down in-game from 1Q:2Q and again 3Q:4Q. Ditto he has shed nearly 2 ypc from September to October! So, Patty needs some O2 masking downtime in-game or some love from another Rb or Wr. This is from the #1 Keystone State (Pa.) ranked Rb three years back who was #21 overall in America (per: Rivals). As nearly 4K rushing in his final two scholastic seasons says so. Tho’ and in all fairness, it is righteous to type that Garwo went from being buried as Rb4 on the depth chart to becoming BeeCee’s bell cow and the 19th Eagle in history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season last year. That’s a rising-up or undertaker W.E.E. look and a lotta Rb4’s in D-1 wish they had those problems. Caddying would be: Alec Sinkfield. Your Rb2, as a 5th-year career backup solid enuff as just that, an upperclassman D-1, P5, Rb2. C2 of TSL found this before Eye did… tho’ these BeeCee ‘backs (not named the okay sized: Garwo) are high school prom nite looking. At best ¦ at most; and if we struggle to take these smaller Rb’s down to the mat we are in ’22 tackling trouble.
  •  Wr’s/Te’s: Legit 4.39 forty Wr1 Zay Flowers leads the grab-gang with: 35 receptions for 511-yards and 12 points. This is nearly great for a burner stylized 16.3 ypc (career), with a long of 77-yards and a sweet-16 maj0rs or TDs tallied already in a variety of ways. And it could be mo’/worse than that with anything north of adequate hands. All-A.c.c., surpassing play-making balls here, that’s all. And Zay-Zay has been scalding hot of late. Seriously folks. As the F’n Eagles have a couple of B— kinda stretch guys and a buncha possession-based guys underneath that. Not quite inert, tho a bit vertically imbalanced. With one really stepping guy (a diff’ C.J. Lewis, not the reggae singer) and the rest looked light in the pants to me. However, Flowers has the burst, body control, and toughness to overcome his lack of elite size. Pretty fair-to-middling ball carrier on reverses, Wr-sweeps, or whatever. In point of shocking fact, one Pro Scout told us that: “He’s the best deep threat in CFB”. wow; the only nag is a few mind-bending drops. Te1 (Trae Barry) and his semi-wannabe Ford Fairlane lookin’: ‘fro-hawk are legit. As he was a D-1aa All-American and is now a grad transfer who balled last year at Walter Payton State (JAX.St.). Mutually a blocking/catching full-service Te1. Although, he is QUESTIONABLE for this one (upper-body, Godspeed); and so are his second-place grabs and receiving yards. Overall and thanks to Zay Flowers; who is one of the best-returning wideouts in the A.c.c., with the ability to be a volume catcher as well as a deep threat; this is a quality grab-gang; and it does enjoy some legitimate depth. Leading receiver Te1 Hunter Long is gone, yet the rest of the catch-corps is loaded with veterans and Notre Dame transfer George Takacs helps the Te1/Te2 situation. As does the rather strong at the point of attack and mid-range receiving specialist Te2: Joey Luchetti. Lowercase catch-crew to be sure. Both vertically and width. Eye’d like to see some physical play try to knock them up (nobody taller than 5′1o′, nobody north of 183 lbs.). We gotta knock them off their spot in boxing terms.
  • oLine: 100% gone or 0% return depending upon how ½ full you are of it… as BeeCee loan returning starter upfront just mortgaged his 2o22 season (may St.Culbreth bless Mr. Christian Mahogany; as that just sucks). As this was a 2nd-team All-A.c.c. right-G; was past-tense. That also leaves the Eagle’s ground game less than gamey as the Experience and the Learning Curves go alike along the front-(blocking)-wall. That’s typically code for a tough row to hoe. As a buncha blocking Sunday talents just went baby and headed, out. Check it… as it is nothing short of a big ask to replace the N.f.l. talents of: Zion Johnson (LA Chargers), Alec Lindstrom (Dallas), Tyler Vrabel (Atlanta), and Ben Petrula (Cleveland). There’s size in return, and this group should be okay in time. However, any 2oo2 Eagle offensive improvement starts here— and they could end here just the same if the nubile 1’s default upfront. Good sized oLine, not quite mammoth as before, tho’ they have height; just not experience less one guy. Their best guy (and most experienced guy) on tape odd-G Finn Dirstine, r-Sr., is average. And frankly, the rest are C– or less at the moment. Maybe even D+++?

    BeeCee base O: Veer sexed the Sex Pistols!
  • ∑ (summary): returning O production=53% (102nd most!) Formerly, BeeCee has operated out of a pro-style offense for most of the play-calling last two years. Offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti Jr. was hired away by Pittsburgh, and now former Notre Dame Te’s coach and two-time Rutgers O-Cord’ John McNulty is now running the show up on the Heights. McNulty’s offense figures to include a mix of collegiate and N.f.l. components with run-pass options, quick releases, and progression-based reads as well as a variety of personnel packages, including some spread. Or in other words, BeeCee’s playbook is more heterogeneous, be that rainbows and pots of gold or not?
    (film-study): Qb1 (Jurkovec) took at least his fair share of ‘dings’ and maybe a dent or two vs. Rutgers. Does not sense backside pressure; eyes in the back of his head are eye-gouged here. Did I mention the ding(s), yet? As I’ma kinda wondering if Phil is 100%? Or, at least we shoulda all bet the Over on his whirlpool prop line. BeeCee will play action and (risk) R.P.O.’ing him wide too. Eagles Wr’s are handsy on blocking, and they even double you at the point of attack just to spill the R.P.O. wide. (Neat look, you never see this any mo’ anywhere). Phil the hurler is ok enuff. Tho’ he still just misses a few here-n-there. Right off of fingertips. Close, no cigar hand grenades and horseshoes, and a little bit preggers misses. BeeCee will pick/rub to get open, lotta medium throw-points, and angular thingys. They will stress the midfield more than most. They will work a few mo’ deeps than most in as well. Twin-Te deeps even. Saw a lotta turn-n-shield typical BeeCee run-shapes here. They did not do much vs. Rutgers on the ground at all (29 yards rushing). Rb1 P.Garwo III has gotta do more to take some attention off of P.Jurkovec. Z.Flow’ was extremely legit at Wr1 and nobody was much of anything else in possession of the ball for BeeCee after that. Flat-looking O to me. Nearly uno-dimensional (throwing) at the moment. BeeCee will still bunch formation or compress the field East-West. Seemed to throw shorter and quicker off of these narrower sets to boot. The huge fly in the F’n Eagles ointment is… oLine. Eye’ma not even sure how talented they are/are not? As they do have not a lot of Talent for assignment football, chips, doubles, shills, pass-offs, or whatever they were supposed to do on film and did NOT do vs. Rutgers. It is hard to distinguish… are they seriously that bad or just that seriously untrained (at the moment)?
  • 4o% run:pass 6o% mix. Nobody is your secret sauce offender here. Tho’ a Rb2 or Wr1 beaking-out would be ideal for BeeCee. This 2o22 BeeCee O has all the makings of some positive ’22 movements; (Skill-Positioning is willing if not ripening here). Unless there is backward movement(s) upfront. That’s the very serious wildcard that BeeCee may be forced to cut to here, no joke. Then we see the coaching sewing circle whispers of an inflated (read: increased) R.P.O. presence for this season. Eye thought I did spy a bit of this breaking Rutgers tape. This is curious to me concerning a legit Qb1 coming off of a bad hand-break (St.Julia help) injury; (that expensed him right at 50% of ’21). Is he the guy you want (potentially) taking that (possibly) greater risk? Then… ((see: the graph below) you only court two, that’s (2) returning ’22 guys who logged ≥166-snaps last year-round. As this is a top-heavy Qb1 and Wr1 O that drops a bit behind that.

Offensive letter-grade:

Well, the Qb1-2-Wr1 is an A+++, Rb1 is not less than decent… and even with an initial F.U.B.A.R. online efforting? That’s enuff for a dangerous C+++. More, if they stop turnstyle’n and profiling upfront.

Fn Eagles Special Teams: (1 returns)

The Eagles are 44th in Net Punting. BeeCee has had to replace the four-year starter, Grant Carlson. Danny Longman and Australian true freshman Sam Candotti are competing for that role. So, either way, the Experience Curve is bending back against itself to the suspect for the Eagles here. (Might be a good team to take an early-season to bring 10-men jab at for it…).

Danny appears to have won the P1 roll. Danny is a utility legger. 5 for 5 all-time for BeeCee on F.G.A.’s. He has been their KO guy for a couple of seasons (with a history of missing out-of-bounds). He has 8 solo tackles and two assisted halts on KO coverage. That does not read like a softie to me. His massive TicTok following is another matter entirely. Don’t seem to take himself tooooooo seriously, so there is that. He is also in grad’-school (Finance major), so propers for dat. He also kicked the game-winning field goal in the state championship game with eight seconds remaining in the game which got him named a Max Preps All-American (Miami, FLA state-bling). Danny competed scholastically in track and holds school records in 300m and 800m; he also started in soccer. I’d say that makes him an all-’round athlete which you do not oft’ sight from K’s/P’s. Although Danny hit up some very big high school footsie numbers. He may or may not have ever eclipsed that in collegiate terms. Seems a serviceable and highly experienced leg-gamer to be a single-shot 1-n-done Punter no.1. You could do worse… and he and his beard have a lotta TikTok game. Did I mention their game, yet?

  • 75th in Punt Returns | 26th in KO returns.
  • 13th in punt coverage | and in 115th suicide squad. FREE Cole Beck!!!
  • BeeCee has blocked 0 kicks and allowed 0 kicks to be blocked.
  • BeeCee has blocked 0 punts and allowed 0 punts to be blocked.

Last year’s K1 (Danny Longman; who ain’t ½-bad) has been given the boot by this year’s K1: (Connor Lytton). Conner went to Frank Beamer H.S., or by way of localized Radford Bobcat fame. Where he was merely nationally ranked as the No. 5 scholastic kicker in the country by 247 Sports and No. 26 by ESPN! Not too bad, and neither is being named a 3-straight-seasons: Team Captain at R.H.S. Not sure I’ve ever read that one before. So, Mister Connor musta been doing something New River Vale right. Anywho… 5′12″, 2oo lb., rookie or nugget voting year c.Lytton seriously has Howdy Dooty gonna get carded deep into his late 30’s looks. All this cowboy needs is a rope and Hyde and Zeke: the twin bears and he 31st.Oct. Costuming Contest wins. Easily at that. As kicking goes… Connor has range out into the late-40’s. Tho’ not quite as rangy beyond that. 48-yards max’ in H.S. and 49-yards max’ for the chowders says so. Last year he was stellar enough, albeit on limited data points; check it… 85.7% on FGAs @6-7 and 100% on P.A.T.’s @15-15. The glitch is… only one F.G.A. ≥34-yards thus far! So, maybe he is all dat and a snap? Or, maybe not? Hard to tell on such collegiate leg-swing traction/truncation… still yet, Eye can tell you he has tallied zero passing or rushing attempts at any level. So, trickeration should be off the table here. (Ditto, no blocked kicks at any level, which is impressive). c.Lytton is 3 of 3 on P.A.T.’s and o fer 1 on F.G.A.’s for BeeCee thus ’22 far. Time=tell on this one…

Special Teams letter-grade:
Other than KO returns? They may be okay here… at least they do have some leg-game experience. Just hard to tell when older guys never did much when they were, younger. B— for now.

Observe: …roster strength (A.K.A., Talent) is sharp. Experience is what is dull. (Code for: reload?)

Unit Rankings:

  1. VT D/BeeCe D (nearly tied).
  2. BeeCee O. (barely).
  3. VeeTee O. (close).
  4. Hard to parse these four this week.


  • motive: …both need this one like a dead man needs a coffin. EDGE=push.
  • weather: Rain might just put the rather attractive pitch-n-catch batter of P.Jurk to Zay.Flow on soak. EDGE=not Bee.Cee.
  • health/off-field: VeeTee seems to be missing just a couple of mo’ pieces and a little mo’ depth than BeeCee. EDGE=Bee.Cee.
  • penalties: BeeCee has been pretty disciplined here under Hafley. And right now, they are nearly 100-spots mo’ disciplined than Prybar & Co. EDGE=Bee.Cee.
  • intangibles: …who knows here? Which team has better Leadership or which coach can give a better pre-game or intermission motivational speech? EDGE=unknown.
  • fatigue: Additionally, BeeCee has won the 4Q both years under Hafley and that’s a surefire sign of a well S&C club. EDGE=Bee.Cee.


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Illation, conclusion(s) and OPT digits:

Number of Eagles who could nest @Tech=9 or 1o.

The BeeCee Flying Eagles have not landed an eight-plus-win season since 2oo9. And, while Hafley’s recruiting success —which has included tasty looking back-to-back top-4o classes— has been a shot in the (potential or on paper) arm, the honeymoon phase of his hire is over. The pressure’s on in Year 3.

Or to put it a mo’ colorful way?

These Eagles remain marooned in the land of the, okay.

Because… from 2o13 to 2o18 the F’n Eagles won seven games five times in the six years.

They were steady, they were consistent, and they yet couldn’t seem to break through and do a whole lot more. Some might say they were capped and some others might say trapped.

Dr. Broderick of Astro-Physics @VeeTee would call this the 4th Law of Newtonian Mechanics.
i.e., ‘stuck’.

the takeaway:


Well, Eye am getting D-1aa taken here…

11 spots ahead of: “Incarnate Word“!!!
…how ’bout you?


xxx‘s & ooo’s:
…I guess it has to favor the more uniform or more familiar Staff that has been together longer.

At least they know each other; even if they do not always know what to, do.

formulae here favors…

Or, maybe people who do not, watch… as this one may not be what the T.V. suits, want.


  1. Δ1=4o% that the visitor hits a few more plays thanks to their pitch-n-catch star power and does just enuff to win a non-shiny game.
  2. Δ2=4o% that the home team takes advantage of O&M dLine vs. the seemingly available F’n Eagle oLine match-up and does just enuff to gobble up a win in a non-shiny game.
  3. Δ3=2o% that this one is so not pretty on the eyes that it cannot be decided in a mere 9-inning game.

#ChallangeA.c.c.epted… there are 1,440 minutes in a day and VeeTee will have to win prolly mid-50’s to have a shot -much less feel safe- about this one here.

…wingHer‘s 1o1!

the optics… Did Eye mention this one may not be easy on the eye(s), yet?

the skinny Just that, BeeCee is not exactly corn beef stocked and well-fed this year. Could there be a so-so BIG-man beats a so-so little-man edge to be found?

Lo.FM (Long-field Management©)

  • BeeCee is a dampened 87th best in 1st-Down O | whereas VeeTee is a nearly salty looking 32nd best in 1st-Down D.
  • VeeTee is tied at a likewise moist looking 87th best in 1st-Down O | whereas BeeCee is a quite reasonable looking 45th best in 1st-Down D.
  • BeeCee is a centrist 61st best in 3rd Down O | whereas VeeTee is a near blistering 8th best in 3rd Down D!
  • VeeTee is a pretty impoverished 1o2nd in 1st Down O | whereas BeeCee is a useful 39th best in 3rd Down D.

Analysis: Well, the D’s clearly has the advantage here. Tho’ as splitting hairs goes… BeeCee might just nick this one due to their better pitch-n-catch battery on the third try. EDGE=Bee.Cee (small).

TTT (Time To Throw©)

  • BeeCee is a sieve -esque 1o3rd best in Qb sacks allowed on O | whilst VeeTee is a barely so-so 71st in opposing Qb’s sacked on D.
  • VeeTee is 1st best (early on) in Qb sacks allowed on O (with: zero) | whilst BeeCee is getting after opposing Qb’s at 23rd best in opposing Qb’s sacked on D.
  • BeeCee is a porous 1o5th best in TFL (Tackles for a Loss) allowed O | whilst VeeTee is a sporty looking 36th best in TFL inflicted D.
  • VeeTee is is a middleocore 61st best in TFL allowed O | whilst BeeCee is a likewise middle isle of 61st best in TFL infected D.

Analysis: Well, the D’s seem sharper here, although the dullest part is clearly Bee.Cee’s unserrated oLine. EDGE=Vee.Tee (we hope a lot, too)!

3-game splits, H/A, nothing yet… give it a week or three.

Our handy dandy friend, the so-called: Forum Guide of Graham Houston fame is merely… an Octoberfest ask-back

the call

…busy signal here.

Will try to get to more for all of you before October ends— Coach God Willing… appologies.

See what Eye means?

the sportlight...

Here in the sportlight we are picking up the court-jesters’ pieces of the dropped kaleidoscope erstwhile known as @O.d.u., again.

Just exactly and entirely what Pry and Co. did not need is exactly and entirely what they, got(s).

Now we find out what our culture and leadership taste like!

Or, we bend forward at the waist, open wide and say: “AHHHHHHHH”… 12 midnite Saturday and you will full (Corn)-“Mooooooon-Riverrrrr”, know.

We rise up and come correct and outright improve and you might know even mo’.
(As this is the harder Recency Effect Applied Sports Psych vector to reckon).

Bee.Cee Projected S&P+: 83rd.
Bee.Cee Projected S&P wins: 5.89 W’s.


…this seems like a -3.5 point home fave to you?


So, my picking rules were pretty well set here…

  1. How does the refurbished bargain-basement-bin oLine of Bee.Cee looksee? IF ‘poor’, VeeTee has a legitimate shot.
  2. Are Wells and/or Jurkovec playing? IF either one is ‘out’, pick the opposite number. 2a. could prolly read is Zay Flow’ playing? (As Eye hears our guys are pretty phobic of matching up with him).

🦅 <<< >>> 🏈 <<< >>> 🦃

Simple enuff rights?


‘cept last week Eye got the Rb pick-rules basically SPOILED completely bassackwards.

Now, that candor firmly in no-selfies ever taken place?

We HAD BETTER beat Bee.Cee!
As their oLine match-up is entirely mo’ alluring than the one for the upcoming B., D., T.

As in it is only 60-minutes past ‘start’ and Prybar and Co. are nearly already outta ’22 time.

Here’s hoping weather.God helps us out a scosche or more and negates how these Aquila’s, soar.


upset Index=52%


Virginia Tech=27, Boston College=17


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  1. One thing for sure, Somebody is going to lose.. either a Eagle or a Turkey. Yep.. Bad bird tonight..

  2. Good grief! That an analysis. Needed to defog my specs at least once. Hard to agree or disagree with a toss-up. Early to decide if VT has started a turn-around. The darned NIL is a bad deal long term for a team based in SW Virginia outside major media markets and coming off a downcycle.

    1. NIL terrifies us… tho’ Pay-0ff I mean Play-Off expansion might just help… maybe?


  3. If I didn’t know better I would say it sure looks like you’re using an old re-purposed picture of the BC cheerleaders (the one of the group of four…you know which one we’re talking about)… have you switched to vodka or what?!🤔😳🤣😎

    1. I’ma 1/2 Ruso and 50% mum.

      So, dah-dah comrade– I’ma no enemy of a Stoli’ (if you can find it).


  4. Egads! Like the 1950’s except worse. No appeal to pride, toughness, or any of those former Hokie words that now have no application.

    Still digging. Gotta stop that before we can think about looking up toward the pinprick of light from the oncoming train.

    1. …we don’t know that (yet).
      THO… vs. BeeCee and hateful w.V.u.?

      We will SURELY be finding out(s).


  5. Eye have an, uneasy; feelin’ ’bout tewnite?! Hope-er-fully, rane ain’t gonna givez us knight mares o’ tha 2007 vee-tee-rayitee.

    Go; Hoagies@!?

    1. …I’ma just hoping these skies continue to remain opened-up for Precip’ business.

      That cannot help Jurk to Zay; not at all.


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