Sunday, September 1, 2013
Addazio apprehensive about short week
By Jack McCluskey
Boston College football coach Steve Addazio is not one to beat around the bush.
So when he was asked if he’s concerned about the short week ahead -- BC will host Wake Forest for both teams’ ACC opener in a nationally televised matchup on Friday night (8 ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN) -- and how it might affect the availability of Andre Williams (hamstring), Addazio said yes.
Then he elaborated.
“It worries me on every front, to be honest with you,” Addazio said after the game Saturday of the short week. “It is what it is. Wake Forest, they played two nights ago. But you know what? That’s life. We come in tomorrow, we watch the tape tomorrow. Monday’s a Tuesday, Tuesday’s a Wednesday. And we roll.”
The Demon Deacons kicked off their 2013 season with a 31-7 home win over FCS foe Presbyterian. Jim Grobe’s team gave up a 66-yard run on the Blue Hose’s first offensive touch, setting up their only score of the day three plays later.
After that, the Demon Deacons’ D buckled down, forcing six turnovers (three fumbles and three interceptions), and Tanner Price and the offense scored 31 unanswered points.
Considering how uneven the Eagles’ performance was in their 24-14 win over Villanova in the opener, there is a lot of work to do between now and Friday night.
“All in all, Game 1, we’ve got a lot of work to do but some of the important things that you’d like to see, in terms of the character of your team, you saw,” Addazio said. “The toughness of your team, you saw. Finding a way to win, you saw. Sloppy? Yes. Need to be cleaned up? Yes.
“And we’ll move from here.”
At least having one fewer day to recover from Week 1 and prepare for Week 2 isn’t coming as a surprise. The Eagles’ coaching staff knew this was coming, and they have done what they could to be ready for it.
“We tried to really take care of our kids in camp, so that we could kind of make a run right here, as opposed to being just so tired,” Addazio said. “I thought we managed camp pretty well. I’m hoping that pays off for us now so that the short week doesn’t really grab us.”
He's hoping instead to grab win No. 2 in Week 2.
Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.