Steve Addazio is taking over the Boston College Eagles in 2013 and bringing his physical, run-heavy offensive philosophy with him. To find success with that, he needed to see some major improvements from his offensive line this spring. Luckily, center Andy Gallik has emerged as a leader for the line and taken charge of implementing the new offensive schemes, making him the key to BC’s offensive success in the ACC next fall.
Last season, Boston College had one of the worst running games in college football, averaging just 90.5 yards per game on the ground. That won’t cut it in an Addazio offense and the coach hammered his zone-blocking schemes early and often in spring practice. Gallik responded from day one, leading the charge as the offensive line took in the new concepts and implemented them on the field. Coaches raved about his leadership and quick grasp of the new offense, making him an obvious leader for this offense and an MVP of the spring session.
Addazio was likely very hopeful that Gallik would respond this way. The center is often the most important and savvy member of the offensive line, recognizing defenses and adjusting blocking schemes to put the offense in the best position possible. He is also one of the most experienced members of the line, with starts dating back to his freshman season in 2011. The new coaching staff was bound to lean on him to be the standard-bearer for the new offense and he has responded with resounding success.
Boston College is going to be committed to running the ball in 2013, but the only way they’ll be able to do that and find success is with significant improvement from their offensive line. Can Andy Gallik pick up the level of play of the offensive front from his center position next season?