Boston College football coach Steve Addazio conducted his first press luncheon of the season Monday and announced that senior right tackle Ian White and senior defensive end Kasim Edebali had been voted cocaptains.
“Ian’s a strong, hard-playing, passionate player,” said Addazio. “He’s a good, strong leader. Kasim is a guy with tremendous work ethic. I think the players, they recognize that, they see that.
“I think those are both guys who work real hard and do the right thing and I think they’re both good representatives of BC football.’’
Edebali said he and White learned the news from Addazio at a team meeting Sunday.
“It was just a real humbling experience,’’ Edebali said. “I love everyone, all the guys in that room. It’s my fifth year now and they’re looking up to me and saying, ‘We want you to be the guy we follow when it’s crunch time,’ so it means a lot.’’
While offensive coordinator Ryan Day said he was interested to see how Chase Rettig asserted his leadership this season, it was interesting to note that the senior quarterback — a three-year starter — had not been selected as a captain.
To be fair, though, senior linebackers Steele Divitto and Kevin Pierre-Louis, who will be counted upon as linchpins of a revamped scheme under defensive coordinator Don Brown, also were not voted captains. Neither was senior receiver Alex Amidon, who was an All-ACC first-team selection last season.
“So we had two captains, and they were the two who were elected, and they are the two who are going to go about the business of leading the team,’’ Addazio said. “But we also talked about the fact that Chase is really emerging as a leader and so are guys like KPL, Alex Amidon, and Steele. We’ve got a lot of guys.
“Although two guys have the title of captain, those [other] guys need to be great leaders, and that’s the challenge. When you have overall leadership, that’s when you’re good. When it’s a one- or two-person committee, then it’s usually not very good.’’
Asked his impressions of the new captains, Amidon said, “I think it’s awesome. Both are great guys and good leaders. It reflects who the team wants as leaders — two linemen, two big guys, so it’s good. I just know we have two great leaders on the team.”
Backup QB questionable
The status of backup quarterback Josh Bordner remains up in the air. Bordner, a sophomore from Sykesville, Md., missed a significant portion of camp after injuring his left knee, but returned in time for the final week of preparation before Saturday’s opener against Villanova.
“He took some snaps, non-contact, and threw the football,’’ Addazio said. “I’d think he’d be a question mark for the game on Saturday at this point, but [he’s] certainly headed in the right direction.’’
As his reward for devouring much of the repetitions in camp, sophomore Dave Dudeck was listed as Andre Williams’s backup at running back on the two-deep roster. Dudeck earned raves from Addazio for his indefatigable effort.
“I really like who he is,’’ Addazio said. “He’s a scrappy battler.’’
Dudeck also took reps at slot receiver and on the punt- and kick-return teams.
“He’s really one of those guys who’s an accountable guy,’’ Addazio said. “Who can come out of camp and not feel great about David Dudeck?’’
Addazio also was impressed by the emergence of 6-foot-5-inch sophomore Dan Crimmins as a starting receiver; the conversion of redshirt freshman Bobby Wolford from linebacker to fullback; the steady play of 6-9 sophomore Brian Mihalik as backup to starting defensive end Kaleb Ramsey; and the emergence of explosive backup linebacker Josh Keyes and starting linebacker Steven Daniels. “Those guys all had great camps,’’ Addazio said.
Louis-Jean must sit
Al Louis-Jean Jr., a sophomore defensive back from Brockton, will miss Saturday’s opener because of an unspecified violation of team rules, according to Addazio. The coach said Louis-Jean would be available to play in the ACC opener the following Saturday against Wake Forest . . . Addazio lit into his team after wrapping up Monday morning’s practice at Shea Field. With only three workdays left before the opener, Addazio was not pleased with the mistakes and lack of intensity he saw. “Perfect practice equals perfect play,’’ Addazio said. “If you think you’re just going to get it on Saturday because you want to, it won’t happen. You’ve got to press play, see it on the video, then you know you’re ready. You know you’re ready when it’s clean. If you’re not clean, then you’re rolling the dice a little bit. There was too many mistakes. I didn’t think there was enough intensity.” . . . BC lists five true freshmen — wide receiver Drew Barksdale, defensive end Kevin Kavalec, linebacker Mike Strizak, cornerback John Johnson, and safety Matt Milano — on its two-deep. Two others, running backs Tyler Rouse and Myles Willis, also could contribute, said Addazio.
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