Published DateBy John Skelton
After 11 straight days of double sessions or full contact scrimmages, Ian White and his Boston College Eagles teammates had their first day off last Thursday, and the former Kennett High gridiron star could pause for a breath and phone interview back home. And what did BC accomplish on an "Off Day:" Team pictures, a two-hour film session reviewing the previous days' scrimmage, team dinner and a movie.
Coming off a disappointing 4-8 non-Bowl campaign in 2011, the much-maligned Eagles offense will take on a new look this autumn. Offensive lineman White recounts,"with a whole new set of offensive coaches, everyone is taking advantage of their knowledge and new techniques. The offense is really picking right up."
The Eagles new attack, technically described as a "Multiple I-Back Offense" features a mixture of blocking schemes: zone, man, quick screens and traditional pass blocking for drop back throws. White and his offensive mates are eager to attack with their up-tempo offense, designed to keep defenses on their heels, unable to substitute or to call defensive blitzes. While short of a no-huddle, the plan to high tempo the pace and get to the line quickly requires precision, a high fitness level, and complete mastery of the complex playbook.
For White, who is 6'5" and 303 pounds, the double sessions have led to normal minor pre-season bruises and bumps, but he is fit and focused on preparations for the Sept. 1 season opener against Miami at BC's Alumni Stadium. While many Division I powers ease into their regular season against a non-conference or D1-A opponent, the Eagles kick off the college season with a nationally televised 3:30 p.m. ACC contest. White declined to look further than that first game; "our total focus is on Miami in the opener."
White's versatility in several line positions earned him playing time early in his BC career; in 2012 he is slated to take most snaps at the right guard position, although he remains capable and ready to handle center duties should the need arise. With a healthy and more seasoned Chase Rettig returning at the starting quarterback position, the Eagles offense is geared to put points on the board and take some pressure off the defense.
The White File
2011 (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 12 games ... registered 11 starts at right guard ... missed the start in the season finale at Miami (Nov. 25) ... played 763 snaps, the second most on offense ... the Eagles had six games with more than 100 yards rushing; including a 372-yard performance at Maryland (Oct. 29) ... blocked for Rolandan Finch against the Terrapins (Oct. 29); Finch's 243 rushing yards were the third greatest single-game total in program history and most in the ACC since 2009 ... BC did not give up a sack and scored a season-high four rushing touchdowns versus Maryland ... helped Montel Harris eclipse BC's rushing record with a 108-yard performance against Wake Forest (Oct. 1); Harris' career rushing total was 3,734 yards ... the Eagles threw for more than 200 yards in two games; 351 passing yards against Northwestern (Sept. 3) and 247 passing yards versus Duke (Sept. 17).
2010 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in all 13 games...made first collegiate start against NC State and also started the Wake Forest game and the Nevada game in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl...showed a tremendous amount of growth...has made great strides in the weight room...has a shot of earning the starting spot vacated by the graduated Thomas Claiborne...possesses very good athletic ability and can play center or guard...a smart, hard-working, dedicated lineman.
2009 (FRESHMAN): Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned Division IV All-State first-team honors as a senior tight end at Kennett; played tight end and defensive end for the Eagles ... gained Division III All-State honorable mention honors as a junior defensive end ... played for head coaches Gary Millen, Drew Inzer and Ken Sciacca ... also played on the school's basketball team, capturing All-State honors as a senior.
PERSONAL: Ian Knight White, born April 7, 1991 ... enrolled as a human development major in the Lynch School of Education... Ian and his younger sister Lauren are the children of Barbara and Bradley White.
For Valley football fans, there will be two Eagles teams to follow this fall.