BOSTON (AP) -- Heisman Trophy finalist Andre Williams is gone.
So is top receiver Alex Amidon, and the top two tacklers from Boston College's defense last year, Steele Divitto and Kevin Pierre-Louis. Even quarterback Chase Rettig, a four-year starter, will be missed.
So when BC coach Steve Addazio thinks about his first year in Chestnut Hill, when the Eagles improved by five wins and returned to a bowl game for the first time in three seasons, he doesn't exactly consider his mission completed.
"Last year was about setting a new culture. It was about maximizing what we had, getting those seniors to really buy in and become a team again. And we did a good job of that," Addazio said this week as he looked to Saturday's season opener against UMass.
"Then you've got these young guys who have been through nothing, and have no scars. It's an interesting dynamic in Year 2. ... A lot of unknowns, that's what this season is going to be."
Addazio took over last season after five years of diminishing win totals and finished with a 7-6 record and an appearance in the Independence Bowl.
As he sets his sights on bigger things in 2014, he first has to replace many key contributors from last year's team -- especially Williams, who ran for 2,177 yards and won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back.
But the former Temple coach said he remains on the schedule he set when he came to BC.
"We're not all set just because we were (bowl-eligible) last year.
With Rettig gone, the quarterback job falls to graduate transfer Tyler Murphy. At Florida last year, the Connecticut native completed 112 of 185 passes for 1,216 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions before missing the final three games with a sprained throwing shoulder.
"He wanted the chance to have the reins of his own program," Addazio said. "He had it for a short while and a competitor likes that feel and he wanted that back."