Last season, the Boston College Eagles ranked dead last in the ACC in total defense, allowing a staggering 428.2 yards per game. If BC has any hope of making it back to the postseason in 2014, they will have to improve on the defensive side of the ball. For that to happen, the Eagles need linebacker Steven Daniels to emerge as a leader of the group.
As a sophomore in 2013, Daniels was the third starter in what was a pretty solid linebacker corps. He finished third on the team behind fellow linebackers Steele Divitto and Kevin Pierre-Louis with 88 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, and an interception.With Divitto and Pierre-Louis both finishing their eligibility last season when they each recorded over 100 tackles, there is a definite void of leadership on the defense that Daniels must step into.
The Boston College defense is centered around their linebackers making plays, obviously. With the team’s top two backers from last season gone, the opportunities will be there for Daniels to pick up the slack as new faces get implemented into the defense. Daniels is a physical player who can make a serious impact. He’s proven himself already to be stout against the run but has also flashed some pass-rush ability as well.
He will definitely need to take his game to the next level in 2014, but Steven Daniels is the clear leader of a Boston College defense that is desperate to improve this fall. If he can hold the defense together as they move new starters into the lineup and improve on the Eagles’ porous performance in 2013, BC has a shot to make it back to a bowl game this postseason.