Rolandan Finch Leaves Major Hole in Backfield for Boston College Eagles

By Tyler Brett
Joshua S. Kelly – USA TODAY Sports

Steve Addazio became the head coach of the Boston College Eagles this offseason looking to return BC to respectability in the ACC on the strength of a run-first offense. He was counting on Rolandan Finch to have a bounceback season to help ease the transition, but he will have to find a new plan at running back now that Finch has left the team. How will the Eagles adapt next fall?

It’s not the kind of news Addazio was hoping for. Finch had the tools to be a perfect fit in the offense he was trying to implement this spring. The 5-foot-10, 211-pound senior led the team in rushing as a sophomore with 705 yards rushing on 157 carries with three touchdowns. Last season, he finished second on the team rushing for 431 yards on 77 attempts with a touchdown, averaging 5.60 yards per carry. He only played in five games, however, after landing in former head coach Frank Spaziani‘s doghouse and being demoted to the practice squad.

Things appeared like they would be different this year with Addazio and his run-heavy philosophy taking care of the running backs, but that wasn’t the case. Finch’s departure puts a major dent in the depth of a team already thin with playmakers. The pressure will be on senior Andre Williams even more now to carry the offense. He led the team in rushing last season with 584 yards on 130 carries and four touchdowns, though he only appeared in nine games. Given the job as the featured back and a full season of production, Williams should be in line for a career year.

Behind him, however, things look pretty thin. Junior Tahj Kimble has flashed some nice ability out of the backfield, but he is still recovering from major surgery after playing in just four games last season. Then there’s sophomore David Dudeck who has questions about whether or not he can be a major contributor in the running game after seeing sparse duty in 2012, gaining 118 yards on 39 carries. At the bottom of the depth chart, there’s the inexperienced trio of George Craan, Myles Willis and Tyler Rouse who have no collegiate experience between them.

It wasn’t going to be an easy rebuild at Boston College for Addazio, but the job got that much tougher next season with Finch’s departure. Can someone step up and provide the Eagles with some much needed depth in the backfield?

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