Monday, September 2, 2013
BC presses on with compressed schedule
By Jack McCluskey
Boston College coach Steve Addazio held his weekly session with the media on Monday after practice on the turf in Alumni Stadium, revealing that the Eagles spent more time than usual reviewing the tape of their 24-14 season-opening win over Villanova.
And while he’d rather not have to deal with a short week, with Wake Forest coming to Chestnut Hill for the teams’ ACC opener on Friday night (8 ET on ESPN2, WatchESPN), the coach wasn’t making excuses.
“It’s Week 2 and you’re trying to grow, that’s why I get aggravated at a short week like this,” he told reporters. “Because you’d like to have your real sequence right now. You’re trying to grow, you’re trying to get better. And sometimes you get chopped up like this a little bit. I want to be careful. I don’t want this to bring it back a little bit because you get out of that teaching sequence.
“This team needs it. We had to spend a lot of time on that Villanova tape because that was too valuable a teaching tape for the natural evolution of a new, young program.”
BC's defense turned up the pressure on Villanova in the second half of Saturday's win, recording two sacks and three turnovers.
Addazio knows that at the end of the day, he and his staff have to get the players ready for Friday night. But he wasn’t willing to cut corners, so he said they’ll just have to squeeze the same amount of work into one fewer day.
“Some people say, like, ‘Well, get going,’” he said. “Well, we are getting going, but you’ve got to learn from [last week]. You’ve got to see the mistakes that were made, otherwise you’ll repeat ‘em. But you’re robbing Peter to pay Paul, that’s just the way it is. That’s why I keep saying you’ve only got X amount of time.”
When it came to the details of the Eagles’ first game, Addazio was pleased with much of what he saw.
“On the film, it was much like I thought it was postgame,” he said. “I thought the kids did a great job in the second half. On defense, we had some scheme change, we had some assignment shore-ups. We played a little bit more confidently. That showed. We increased our pressure and our sacks.”
After giving up 234 total yards and 14 points in the first half against Villanova, the BC defense gave up only 121 yards and no points in the second half. Don Brown’s boys also produced three turnovers and two sacks in the last 30 minutes.
“On offense, we found where the play-actions could strike them effectively,” Addazio said. “I thought we did a good job doing that.”
Play-action helped quarterback Chase Rettig (23-for-30 for 285 yards and two TDs) find Alex Amidon open down the right hash marks for a 49-yard TD to tie the score at 14.
Addazio also praised the offensive line’s effort, saying the group played really hard and that he believes if it continues to improve it could be one of the better units in the ACC. Overall, he was pleased with the effort level, especially in the second half.
“I wanted to see us be physical and we certainly were,” he said. “I was impressed with that. And now we have to work on execution.”
The Eagles know they’re facing a tougher test this week, with Jim Grobe’s Demon Deacons coming to town. Wake Forest won its opener 31-7 over FCS Presbyterian.
“I think they’re really well coached,” Addazio said. “I think they know how to get the most out of their players and their option-style offense, and I think that they’ll pose a lot of issues for us in a short week, to be honest with you.
“We’ve got to turn this thing around pretty quickly. I thought the kids battled today pretty hard, considering, and I thought we got something done. Tomorrow’s going to be a really big day for us.”
Williams injury not too worrisome
Depth is a big concern for Addazio and his staff, and in the fourth quarter against Nova that depth was tested at a key position when senior tailback Andre Williams left the game with a hamstring strain.
“Our enemy, if you will, is going to be staying healthy, and with our lack of numbers not getting into a situation where it can dip our play too much,” Addazio said Monday.
Sophomore David Dudeck and true freshman Tyler Rouse filled in for Williams as the Eagles finished out the win over the Wildcats, with Rouse handling most of the ball-carrying duties in the fourth quarter (eight carries for 14 yards).
Asked for an update on Williams, Addazio didn’t seem to be too worried.
“Andre’s just nursing a little, small strain,” he said. “He’ll be fine.”
Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.