As training camp inches ever closer, the ACC made its way to ESPN HQ in Bristol, Connecticut, on Tuesday for a trip through the “Car Wash” -- head coaches appearing on multiple shows, meeting with reporters and chatting online with fans.
Boston College’s Steve Addazio took part for a second straight year, and said he enjoyed the experience:
— Steve Addazio (@BCCoachAddazio) July 29, 2014
Among his stops Tuesday, Addazio dropped by the ESPNU college football podcast with Ivan Maisel (Addazio appears at the 1:03:21 mark).
And Maisel, astute observer that he is, started where many people will this season: replacing Heisman finalist Andre Williams on offense.
“Where do you start with that? Do you reformulate?” Maisel asked. “Did you have to sit down [offensive coordinator] Ryan Day and tell him he couldn’t call that play anymore? He’s going to have to really work hard this year.”
“I thought last year, Ryan and the staff, everybody did a great job,” Addazio said. “We tried to utilize the tools that we had. I mean, going into the season, when I took the job and going into the year, people didn’t think Andre would even be the starting tailback. So I thought we were able to put together a pretty good package and feature his talents. This year we’ll do the same thing.
“We’ve got to take a look at our team. We’re a different kind of team. You know, we have a quarterback in Tyler Murphy from Florida who’s more of a mobile guy, and we’ve got a couple of good young backs -- Tyler Rouse and Myles Willis. … So we’ll find out where our talents exactly are and we’ll grow from there. But we won’t change our identity of being a tough, physical run team, aggressive on defense and great special teams. That formula won’t change.”
If you wanted to sum up the day and the mission for the Eagles in Year 2 in one tweet, this one’s a pretty good one:
— BC Football News (@BCFootballNews) July 29, 2014
The Eagles start practice on Monday, and the season kicks off against UMass on Aug. 30 at Gillette Stadium.
Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.