Boston College Football Opponents Preview: Colgate
The Eagles begin the 2021 season one month from today on Saturday, September 4 at home against Colgate. It will be the first time that schools meet on the grill. The Patriot League schedule has seen an even shorter 2020 season, finishing just two games and two more called off. They were 0-2 in those spring competitions and had finished 4-8 the previous season. The Raiders last played an ACC foe in 2016 against nearby Syracuse, losing 33-7.
After eight seasons, Colgate head coach Dan Hunt resigned in May to “settle personal issues, following discovery of breach of university policy not involving students” . Prior to his resignation, Hunt had built a great program at Colgate. The past two “seasons” were outliers in his otherwise strong legacy. He’s 40-33 overall, including 10-2 in the 2018 season, and has won three Patriot League Coach of the Year awards. Stan Dakosty will be the interim coach for the season after serving as an associate head coach since 2017. He has been part of seven of Colgate’s 10 Patriot League titles. Dakosty graduated from Colgate in 2005 and was a teammate with BC defensive coordinator Tem Lukabu, who graduated from Colgate in 2004. Lukabu returned to Colgate in 2014 to coach outside linebackers, while Dakosty was coaching the defensive backs.
Hard to judge this Colgate team from last season, let alone other FCS programs. Quarterback Grant Breneman has led the team since 2017 and has more than 5,000 career yards to go with 29 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. He’s a solid threat on the field, rushing 407 times for over 1,000 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Colgate’s defense lost a lot of talent heading into the spring 2021 season and have since lost a few more pieces. Colin Heard continues the legacy of defensive backs in the All-Patriot League. The pass defense as a whole allowed less than 200 yards that year. He had three interceptions in 2019 and was named to the second team. Linebacker JC Gaughan also returns 52 career tackles and a sack.
Partly cloudy and a high of 73. It will almost certainly be a minty new start for Hafley’s second season, this time with fans at Alumni Stadium. All smiles after this one, BC starts 2021 with a victory. 10 out of 10 dentists agree. Okay, this is the last one.