COACH: Steve Addazio (31-33 in five seasons at BC; 44-45 in seven seasons overall)

2017 RECORD: 7-6, 4-4

2017 BOWL: lost to Iowa 27-20 in Pinstripe Bowl

RETURNING STARTERS: 9 on offense, 6 on defense

KEY PLAYERS: QB Anthony Brown, RB AJ Dillon, TE Tommy Sweeney, OT Chris Lindstrom, WR-RS Michael Walker, DE Zach Allen, S Lukas Denis

KEY LOSSES: OG Sam Schmal, DE Harold Landry, LB Ty Schwab, CB Isaac Yiadom, CB Kamrin Moore

STEVE ADDAZIO ON THE OFFENSIVE LINE’S EXPERIENCE: “The nature of how we play, the better we are up front, the better opportunity we’re going to have to be successful, especially given the fact that we have a great running back. We have tight ends and an offensive line that can really block. For our style of play and my philosophy [on] both sides of the ball, it all starts up front. We want to be able to run the football, and we have the personnel to run the football.”

TE TOMMY SWEENEY ON QB ANTHONY BROWN: “He’s a tremendous quarterback. He’s not the fastest guy in the world, but he’s got really good speed. His arm strength is unbelievable. He’s probably the hardest [throwing] quarterback I’ve ever caught from.”

ADDAZIO ON THE PASSING GAME: “They’re going to have to load the box, and we have the skill now and the speed to take advantage of that and get one-on-one matchups. And we have the quarterback that can get the ball to them. People are going to load up, and that’ll give us, I think, more big strikes than we’ve ever had before. We were, in the past, not capable of taking advantage of that. [But] we have a really good receiving corps. We’ve got speed.”

Mark Berman covers Virginia Tech men’s basketball and many other teams at the university. He also helps cover other colleges, including Radford, VMI, Roanoke, Washington and Lee and Ferrum.

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