Tyler Murphy (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Boston College, 30; Massachusetts, 7

Boston College and UMass kicked off the 2014 season with the “Battle for the Bay State” at the Patriots’ Gillette Stadium, where the Minutemen will play three of their home games this year. It was certainly reasonable to expect a lopsided affair, after BC returned to postseason play in 2013 while UMass went 1-11 and fired head coach Charley Molnar. But the Eagles lost plenty of starters to graduation and the NFL, so there was no guarantee that the new faces would be able to get the job done.

The two teams went scoreless through a dull first quarter, before BC took the lead early in the second on a 44-yard field goal by punter Alex Howell. After the defense forced a quick three-and-out, regular kicker Joey Launceford capped the next drive with a 28-yarder for a 6-0 lead. The Eagles totaled 25 plays and 143 yards on those two scoring drives, but failed to capitalize in the red zone. UMass had a chance to get on the board before halftime when defensive back Randall Jette picked off a Tyler Murphy pass and returned it 20 yards to the BC 19, but the Minutemen’s offense lost 11 yards on the subsequent drive, which ended with a missed field goal. Murphy then quickly drove the Eagles downfield, but Howell missed his second 44-yard attempt as time expired. Continue reading College Football Week 1 Roundup: BC Pulls Away from UMass on Opening Day »

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NCAA Football Logo (Via aiowallpaper.com)

Out of the many athletic organizations in America, none has come under more scrutiny recently than the National Collegiate Athletic Association, specifically in football. From the cancellation of EA Sports’ critically acclaimed NCAA Football video game series, to the recent unionization of the Northwestern University players, the NCAA has come under fire for dozens of topics and is in need of a serious fix.

Should athletes be required to stay in college a minimum amount of time before being allowed to go professional? Are athletes compensated enough for their services? How do we fix these problems while making everyone happy? While there is no one perfect solution, we can’t deny that something does need to be done. Continue reading The NCAA: How Can It Be Fixed? »

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Andre Williams (John Korduner/Icon SMI)

Boston College football had its best season in three years in 2013, finishing with a winning record and seeing postseason action for the first time since 2011, and winning more games (seven) than in 2011 and ’12 combined (six). However, no Eagle had his name called in either of the first two days of the NFL Draft. On the third day, four BC players were taken, making this edition of the Draft the most successful for BC since 1995, when there were also four Eagles draftees (Mike Mamula, Pete Mitchell, Stephen Boyd and that year’s Mr. Irrelevant Michael Reed).

The unquestionable star of last year’s team, running back Andre Williams, was the first to come off the board, with the 13th pick of the fourth round (113th overall), to the New York Giants. Williams had a phenomenal senior season, rushing for 2,177 yards and 18 touchdowns, and finishing fourth in the Heisman voting and winning the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top RB. He was also a consensus All-American along with Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey, who outplayed Williams in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl and was drafted by the Bears four picks after Williams.

Continue reading Four BC Eagles, One UMass Minuteman Selected in NFL Draft »

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Dominique Easley would be a boom-or-bust first round pick (Kim Klement, USA Today Sports)

1st impressions are everything:

The 1st round of the 2014 NFL Draft was somewhat disappointing. 90% of the hype surrounded whether or not Jadeveon Clowney would be the no. 1 pick courtesy of Houston. He did not let anyone down, and will have a bright future playing alongside J.J. Watt.

Fast forward to the 29th pick, which belonged to our beloved Patriots. Being the defensive minded coach, Bill spared no expense to bring in some fresh talent at the DT position when they drafted Dominique Easley from Florida. At 6’2″ and 288, Easley will be a good complement to the already strong defensive front line, assuming that he can stay injury free. Coming off of an ACL injury back in September, the Patriots must ensure that they monitor his playing time among other things to make sure that he doesn’t get hurt again. Continue reading Patriots Draft Analysis: Pats Dodged a Missile… or Did They? »

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Day 3 of the draft is where teams become champions and champions become dynasties. For example, the Super Bowl winning Seahawks have several starters, including the prominent Richard Sherman who was drafted in the 5th round. After drafting the grand Jimmy Garoppolo in the 2nd round, The Patriots traded their 3rd round pick (93rd overall) for the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 4th (105th overall)and 6th (179th overall) round picks. Belichick now has seven picks left in the draft with plenty of possibilities to play with. So, who are the new prospects joining the Patriots in training camp?

Bryan Stork, Center from Florida State

The Pats started the day off by drafting Bryan Stork, the Remington Trophy winner for the best center in the nation. Continue reading NFL Draft Day 3: Brady Gets Protection »

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29th Pick Dominique Easley (USA Today Sports Images)

With the 29th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots selected Dominique Easley. Easley is an immense talent who’s draft stock slipped beacause of two ACL injuries in college. All reports indicate that he is healthy and will be ready to go to start the season.

Some scouts have compared Easley to Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins. Like Atkins, Easley is explosive off the ball, and is a potent inside rusher from the three-technique. If his health checks out during training camp, it wouldn’t be a stretch to project Easley in the starting lineup on opening day next to Vince Wilfork. Continue reading NFL Draft Day One: Patriots Select Florida DL Dominique Easley »

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Dominique Easley would be a boom-or-bust first round pick (Kim Klement, USA Today Sports)

Here are my predictions for each of the Patriots eight picks this weekend. As a reminder, no projected trades will be considered. The following is a mock assuming the Patriots don’t trade any of their picks (they will).

The Picks

Round 1 (#29): Dominique Easley, DT, Florida

Easley is a boom-or-bust three-technique tackle from Florida. He suffered a torn-ACL last season, but without the medical issues it’s likely he would be talked about as a top 15 pick. Easley has the potential to become a dominant inside pass-rusher, which is something the Patriots sorely need.

Round 2 (#62): Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State

The Patriots will be hoping that Richburg is around when they pick at #62. Richburg will bring versatility similar to Dan Connolly, but has the potential to be a much better player. He could be expected to start Week 1. Continue reading New England Patriots Mock Draft 2014 »

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