- Ryan Day: According to sources, Ryan Day will be replacing Gary Tranquill as the offensive coordinator. Fans may be wondering why the wide receivers coach is being given a promotion after last night's performance. While many people in the coaching community have a high opinion of Day, his resume certainly leaves a lot of question marks (although his connection to Chip Kelly is intriguing). We knew going in that we would not realistically be able to hire an established offensive coordinator if we moved on from Tranquill, and therefore I applaud this move. Hiring Day promotes from within, places an increased emphasis on "BC guys," minimizes the impact of the move on recruiting, and furthermore elevates the man with the biggest sideline presence out of anyone on the current coaching staff. We will have a more detailed article about Day either tonight or tomorrow but for now let's thank Gary Tranquill for two years of service to the BC community.
- Kevin Pierre-Louis: The true freshman was second on the team with seven tackles last night. He is not getting the credit he deserves at BC yet, and quite honestly, he may never be fully appreciated because of who he lines up next to. Playing in Kuechly's shadow is going to be very difficult for KPL, but he is slowly developing his own style. I really look for him to be one of the most improved BC defenders over the off-season as he learns more about the defense and how to prepare each day. I don't really think he'll ever be as good as Kuechly or Herzlich but he'll come close and be an excellent player here for the next three years.
- BC Defense: Holding the high-powered Nevada offense to just over 300 yards was a really impressive feat; one which will never be fully appreciated because of BC's anemic offensive performance. I see this group playing just as well, if not better, next year because both Wonderboy and KPL return. We lose five starters, which seems pretty light considering how dominate the D was at times this year. On the offensive side of the ball, we lose just three starters.
- Chase Rettig: Rettig had over one month to prepare for last night's performance and absolutely laid an egg. He looked confused at times and played like he was trying to not get intercepted, especially after his first pick. That is not something winning quarterbacks do, and he needs to have more confidence in his arm and deep ball because both are good, if not excellent. Chase will rebound next year. I highly doubt that there will be any competition in summer camp and having more experienced receivers as well as a healthy Harris/Williams duo will take a lot of the pressure off his shoulders. A coaching change might also do him some good.
- BC Quarterback Coaching: Last night Rettig was 14 for 34 with 2 interceptions for a grand total of 121 yards. For comparison, Shinskie last year against USC was 14 for 33 with one interception and one touchdown pass for a grand total of 218 yards. I'm NOT saying that Shinskie is better. I am saying that BC quarterbacks have a tendency to under-develop as they gain experience. Once is a coincidence. Twice is a coaching issue. Now that Tranquill is gone I wonder who will replace him as the quarterback's coach. That is going to be a critical hire for Spaz/Day.
- Special Teams: There was no excuse last night for how poorly the special teams played with the exception of Nick Freese (honestly that kid has ice water in his veins). It looked like no one had told Swigert when to call for a fair catch, and he hauled in several balls which were headed for the end zone. Punt coverage was blown for a touchdown. The only good thing was that we finally averaged north of 20 yards per kickoff return. I'm not really sure what the answer is here, but I'm not buying any of this stock until I see something change.