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Steve Addazio gets Eagles on the practice field

Boston College officially ushered in the Steve Addazio era Tuesday — at least on the football field — with the first of 15 spring workouts that will culminate in the spring game April 20.

Because of the weather, the initial practice was held on the Alumni Stadium field, which was protected by an all-weather, climate-controlled bubble, with players running around in shorts, helmets, and no pads.

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It served as the on-field introduction for Addazio, who was hired Dec. 4 after spending two seasons as Temple’s head coach. He takes over for Frank Spaziani, who went 21-29 in four seasons at BC, including a 2-10 year in 2012.

“We’ve been preparing for this first practice for about a month now,” said Addazio. “We’ve been working on organization, trying to get everybody on the same page: new staff, new program, new everything.

“I thought the kids today worked real hard, I thought they had great attitude, great effort. You could tell they’re straining to do the right thing. We’ve got a long way to go, but if you have great effort and you’re willing to fight through it, each day it’ll get better.

“Like I said to them at the end of practice: Where we are today and where we’ll be at the end of spring will be two different things.”

Addazio was clear about what the goals are for the spring session: improve fundamentals at every position, pay attention to detail, learn a new system, evaluate the personnel, and maximize the talent on the roster.

He said there is no depth chart yet, but senior-to-be Chase Rettig took the majority of snaps at quarterback.

The Eagles open the 2013 season with a home game against Villanova Aug. 31.

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.
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