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Steve Addazio finds balance the key for BC football

If Steve Addazio learned anything from Boston College’s first two spring scrimmages, it’s that the Eagles will need to be a balanced team this season. With what he termed “some frightening depth issues’’ to manage at running back and wide receiver, the first-year coach said it was imperative to play to his team’s strengths in order to strike an offensive balance.

“We don’t want to be a round peg in a square hole here now,’’ Addazio said after the Eagles scrimmaged Saturday at Alumni Stadium. “You hear people say, ‘Are they going to throw it? Are they going to run it? And if they run it, are they going to have enough depth at this?’

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“Well, right now what you’re realizing is we’ve got to be balanced. We’re going to put our best players in the right positions and do what we do best in order to get that done. And honestly, it looks like we’re going to have to have some balance here.’’

While Chase Rettig gives the Eagles an experienced quarterback, fellow senior back Andre Williams looks to help BC’s running game strike an offensive balance. On Saturday, Williams ran for touchdowns of 4, 4, and 8 yards, two of the scores coming in a goal-line drill.

“I just love the feeling of competition,’’ Williams said. “It just feels good that our offense is finally jelling and clicking. We’ve got an offense that’s really fitting our strengths.’’

Hands-on approach

Dan Crimmins, a 6-foot-5-inch, 220-pound sophomore wide receiver, seemed to emerge with three outstanding catches for 70 yards, including a long gain of 36 yards that was followed by a leaping 23-yard grab. “He made a few plays today,’’ Addazio said. “In order for us to have balance and throw the ball, we’ve got to have guys who can go catch the ball and go make a play, so that has to emerge.” . . . Senior Nate Freese kicked field goals of 36, 32, and 29 yards in addition to an extra point . . . Linebacker Steele Divitto and defensive back Dominique Williams were credited with sacks. Divitto dropped Josh Bordner for an 8-yard loss and Williams sacked Rettig for 7 yards . . . Bordner connected with Marcus Grant, a 6-2, 208-pound sophomore from Carver, on a nifty 5-yard TD pass off a screen play during a short-yardage drill . . . After senior defensive tackle Kaleb Ramsey went down in last week’s scrimmage with an injured left knee, BC suffered another casualty when junior defensive back C.J. Jones injured his right leg in the first half of Saturday’s scrimmage . . . BC will culminate spring drills with the 21st annual Jay McGillis memorial game next Saturday at 1 p.m. at Alumni Stadium.

Michael Vega can be reached at vega@globe.com.

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