Boston Colleges: Bryce Jones

BC cornerback kicked off the team

October, 3, 2014
Oct 3
BOSTON -- Boston College junior cornerback Bryce Jones has been dismissed from the football team for violating team rules, coach Steve Addazio said Friday.

The school did not specify details of the violation.

Jones was tied for fourth on the Eagles with 20 tackles. He also had an interception in last week's loss to Colorado State. He has started 18 games in his BC career, making 97 tackles, including seven for a loss. He recovered three fumbles in 2013, when he was a sophomore.

Boston College is off this weekend and plays at North Carolina State on Oct. 11.

Williams named ACC Player of Week

September, 9, 2013
What do you get when you combine a head cold, a hamstring strain and a week off from practice? If you’re Andre Williams, a career performance on national TV and an ACC Player of the Week honor.

On Monday, the ACC named Williams its offensive back of the week for his performance against Wake Forest, in which the 6-foot-1, 227-pound native of Schnecksville, Penn., carried the ball 35 times for a career-high 204 yards and a touchdown.

Teammate Bryce Jones also received an ACC honor, being tabbed the conference’s defensive back of the week after tallying two tackles, an interception, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup versus the Demon Deacons.

In his postgame chat with the media on Friday, Williams said he’d probably be sore on Saturday but that he welcomed the workload.

“I mean, I’m a running back, I love to run the ball,” he said of the heavy usage. “Put the ball in my hands and there’s nothing I like more than that. Coach Addazio, he’s an offensive guy and he loves to run the ball. It couldn’t have turned out better.”

Asked Monday how Williams was recovering from the pounding, Addazio said he’s responded well.

“I think those 35 carries helped him,” he said. “It’s good.”

“Maybe you shouldn’t have him practice anymore,” a reporter offered.

“Maybe practice is overrated,” Addazio said with a laugh. “I don’t know.”

The 204 yards surpassed Williams’ previous career high of 191 (set at Army last October), and the 100-yard game was his second straight this season and seventh of his career (in 36 games).

Through the season’s first two games, Williams leads the ACC in carries (58), rushing yards (318) and rushing average per game (159.0). He’s third nationally in rushing yards and fourth nationally in attempts and rushing yards per game.

Jones got left out on an island by a breakdown in coverage in the first quarter Friday, the resulting one-on-one matchup with Michael Campanaro ending up in a 30-yard touchdown pass from Tanner Price even though Jones was running stride for stride with the all-ACC wideout.

But the 6-foot-1, 166-pound sophomore from University Heights, Ohio, didn’t let it throw him off his game. He came up with a Price fumble to end the first quarter, setting up BC’s second touchdown, and later picked off Price when he tried to find Campanaro one too many times.

Jones’ two interceptions, the first two of his career, have him tied for third nationally through the first two games.

“I think Bryce just rallied up -- he played a heck of a football game -- and came right back,” Addazio said.

Jack McCluskey is an editor for and a frequent contributor to Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.

BC's Bryce Jones just rolls with it

September, 8, 2013

There are going to be times this season when BC’s aggressive style on D gets it burned.

But when Wake Forest QB Tanner Price found Michael Campanaro running up the middle of the field, down the left hash marks, for a 30-yard touchdown, it wasn’t because the Eagles had been too aggressive. Campanaro, an all-ACC wideout, simply beat Bryce Jones on the route and got inside position in the one-on-one matchup.

“We’ll go back to the film and see what happened, what I could’ve done better,” Jones said of the play after the game, “but it was a good ball and he made a good catch. … He’s a good player, so things are gonna happen.”

“We’ve got some things we want to tighten up on defense,” Eagles coach Steve Addazio said after the 24-10 win over Wake Forest on Friday night. “So every once in awhile, because we’re so multiple, we have some blown assignments and some guys all of a sudden get behind us deep. So we’re a work in progress with that too, now.

“I told you that from day one: When you do what we do, you’re gonna have some guys that are gonna hit you deep sometimes. We’ve had that happen. And we just roll. Just roll with it.”

Jones certainly rolled with it on Friday night. The Campanaro touchdown pulled Wake Forest even on the scoreboard, at 7-all. But after Chase Rettig and the offense drove for a Nate Freese field goal, Jones got a shot at redeeming himself.

“We had to make a play, especially after the catch that Campanaro had on me,” Jones said.

With time ticking down in the first quarter, Price tried a pitch around the left side of the line but the ball bounced away. Jones dove into the fray, and came up with the ball -- but without his helmet -- to give BC possession at the Wake 22-yard line.

Rettig converted the turnover into points immediately, stepping up in the pocket to elude the Wake rush and finding Spiffy Evans running across the field from left to right for the 22-yard TD.

And when Price tried to bring his team back later in the quarter, hitting Campanaro for 16 and 19 yards on consecutive plays, Jones made his presence known again. Price tried to hit Campanaro again on the next play, but the 6-foot-1, 166-pound sophomore from University Heights, Ohio, stepped in front of the pass for the interception, his second in two games this season.

“One of the things of playing defensive back and that the coaches always say, ‘You’ve gotta play the next play,’” Jones said. “So that’s what I did. I just put it behind me and was fortunate enough to have the fumble recovery, come back and on Campanaro have an interception and just make a tackle for a loss.

“It’s just the coaches putting me in the right place at the right time to be able to make a play for the team.”

Through two weeks, the BC defense has allowed only two scores in five opponent trips into the red zone. Villanova managed one touchdown in three red zone trips, while Wake Forest could produce only a field goal in two red zone trips.

With two fumble recoveries and an interception against Wake Forest as opposed to one interception (on a failed flea-flicker) for the Eagles, BC continued its strong start in turnover margin. Addazio’s crew has produced seven turnovers (three fumbles and four interceptions) and committed only two (a fumble in the Villanova game and the INT in the Wake game), for a turnover margin of 2.50 per game.

That’s tied for seventh nationally and second in the ACC (behind Georgia Tech, which has played only one game).

And with six sacks through their first two games in 2013, the Eagles have already tied their season total from 2012. The half-dozen quarterback drops are good for a tie for 15th nationally and fourth in the ACC.

Jones said the aggressive mentality brought in by Addazio and defensive coordinator Don Brown and the attention to detail paid by all the coaches has really helped the Eagles.

“One thing we talk about is organized chaos,” Jones said. “We’re moving fast and we’re all buying into it, so it all works out. We’re a lot more aggressive, as you can see with these games.”

“Our program, we have a philosophy,” Addazio said. “We start with defense, we try to put our best players on defense, and that is the starting point of the peg of our program. And then we build it. … That’s our philosophy. It’s by design.”

Of course, it helps when players like Jones -- who played in all 12 games as a freshman last season, with just 15 tackles to show for it -- show they’re capable of both making plays and, maybe more importantly, rolling with the consequences of that philosophy.

Jack McCluskey is an editor for and a frequent contributor to Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.