When Boston College’s football players enter Byrd Stadium on Saturday afternoon, visitors for the final ACC home game in Maryland history, the coaching staff jogging behind will contain several familiar faces, particularly to its counterparts on the opposite sideline.
Steve Addazio, who has guided the Eagles (6-4, 3-3) to bowl eligibility in his first season, overhauled the staff upon arriving in Chestnut Hill, Mass. He brought several colleagues from his previous stop at Temple, a team Maryland defeated last season. Plus, several Terrapins have actually played for Addazio’s hand-picked defensive coordinator.
Don Brown ran Maryland’s defense in 2009 and 2010, installing his blitz-heavy scheme under Coach Ralph Friedgen. After Friedgen was fired, new coach Randy Edsall retained Brown as his defensive coordinator. But about a month after Edsall was hired, Brown left to join the staff of Paul Pasqualoni, who replaced Edsall at U-Conn.
To cap off the connection, the Huskies’ Brown-led defense battered the Terps in College Park last season, sacking quarterback Perry Hills six times.
“I was here when Coach Brown was here, so we’ve seen this defense numerous times,” Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown said. “Saw them last year when he was at U-Conn. They give you a lot of different looks, they try to disguise a lot of different things and they bring a lot of pressure. It’ll be a good challenge.”
A new-look offensive line that scrambled its starters last weekend against Virginia Tech — its right tackle moved to left tackle, its right guard moved to right tackle and its backup right guard was elevated to a starter – will be tested by a Boston College defense that, although near the ACC’s bottom in points allowed, has tallied 29 sacks.
“I would say we have a bunch of guys who have been here throughout the course of Don’s career here,” offensive coordinator Mike Locksley said. Inside linebackers coach Keith Dudzinski “worked with him, luckily we faced him last year at U-Conn., so we’re pretty familiar with him. He does a great job defensively, has been one of the top coordinators. I know he’s well respected in this building. We have our work cut out for us, but we’re looking forward to the challenge.”
When Brown coached at Maryland, players knew him as a fiery, competitive mind who, according to team’s current quarterback, “hated to lose to the offense.” In a 2011 Post story, Maryland defensive lineman A.J. Francis estimated that Brown called blitzes 85 percent of the time.
“He doesn’t have a conscience in terms of when he brings it, where he brings it, how he brings it,” Locksley said. “For him it’s very organized in his mind, for an offense with new parts all over the place, it’s a matter of trying to figure out where it’s coming from, and trying to get it picked up in the run game and the pass game.”