Boston College Eagles: QB battle still ongoing for Addazio


Boston College head coach Steve Addazio will have to make a decision soon, but he has a QB battle on his hands with Darius Wade and Anthony Brown.

Boston College will begin their season on September 1st on the road at Northern Illinois. Right now, they don’t know who their starting QB will be.

Darius Wade and Anthony Brown are in a battle for the starting role, but Addazio has yet to make a decision.

On Saturday, the Eagles had an intersquad scrimmage at Alumni Stadium. Addazio got to see both quarterbacks in action, which is just what he needed. Both played well at times, and both got about equal time with the first and second offensive units.

"“They both looked like they had their moments where they looked good,” Addazio said. “Those quarterbacks are constantly rotating who they are working with, and I kind of lose track of who is in each series, so it is tough for me to assess that now.”"

Senior Darius Wade and redshirt freshman Anthony Brown both lack experience in trying to replace Patrick Towles as the Boston College field general. Wade started three games to start the 2015 season for the Eagles before a broken ankle sidelined him, while Brown of course hasn’t played since high school.

Both quarterbacks are dual-threat passers and runners, and they’re enjoying the Eagles up-tempo offense.

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Addazio will have another chance to see his QB’s in action as he plans to hold another scrimmage on Friday. The Eagles will also have tons of practices before the season opener, and I’d expect a decision by August 23rd – 25th. Addazio is in no rush to make an announcement as to who his starter is right now.

"“I don’t feel a sense of urgency in terms of (picking one quarterback), just because they’re both playing at a pretty high level. That’s not a bad thing, that’s a good thing. Let’s keep that going. The more you do that, the more development there is, because there’s push, there’s competition.”"

For now, it seems like Darius Wade is the favorite, just slightly.

Although he has only started three games for Boston College, he has been around the system and likely has a stronger knowledge base. Brown will get better as the season goes on, and if Wade struggles to lead the offense I could see the team making a switch in the middle of the year. Brown will definitely be the favorite heading into the 2018 season and going forward into 2019 as well.

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