Boston College coach Steve Addazio saw plenty of encouraging signs in Saturday's scrimmage at Alumni Stadium. But there was one teachable moment involving quarterback Chase Rettig that caught Addazio's eye in particular.
Suffice it to say, Addazio liked what he saw from Rettig when sophomore Harrison Jackson ran an incorrect route, resulting in an incomplete pass. Rettig immediately ran out to correct Jackson, showing him how the route needed to be run by running it himself.
"At the end, I mentioned to the team a great thing happened today,'' Addazio said of Rettig, who completed 12 of 18 passes for 118 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown to junior tight end C.J. Parsons that culminated an 11-play, 70-yard drive. "Chase, in a positive fashion, went after [Jackson] and not only told him what he wanted but demonstrated what he wanted, and with a real genuine intensity . . . That was a real step forward from a leadership standpoint.
"I thought that was as good a thing that came out of today as anything else. The reaction back was terrific and I think it was a spark.''
Said Rettig, "My biggest job is to really lead the other 10 guys in the huddle. That's what I'm really trying to do my senior year and get us back to a postseason [game]. It's really important to this coaching staff, the program, and the community.''
Rettig passed for 3,065 yards and 17 touchdowns last season, with 13 interceptions.
Work in progress
Addazio said the offense showed "a lot of eclectic stuff,'' out of multiple formations and personnel groupings.
"We're not together yet with exactly where we want to be package-wise,'' the coach said. "But we're kind of hunting and pecking still. We're trying to see what we think we can do, and over the course of the next seven days we'll try to condense this thing a little bit better, and that's what we're in a footrace to do right now.
Addazio was encouraged by the power running game.
"We have a real bona fide power back in Andre Williams,'' Addazio said of the 6-foot, 220-pound senior. "That guy right there is a big, strong, powerful back. We're a little bit dinged up on our offensive line, but I like the way those two things are developing.''
Finch leaves team
Williams's presence may have hastened the decision of fumble-prone running back Rolandan Finch, who last season was BC's No. 2 rusher (77 carries, 436 yards, 1 TD), to leave the team after the scrimmage . . . Junior defensive back Sean Sylvia scored on a 45-yard interception return off a deflected pass thrown by senior Mike Marscovetra . . . Sophomore David Dudeck led all rushers with 44 yards on nine carries . . . Senior defensive tackle Kaleb Ramsey, who was limited to two starts last season because of injuries, went down on the sixth play of the scrimmage after injuring his left knee. Ramsey, who had to be helped off the field, was spotted afterward walking out of the stadium under his own power. "He seems to be good,'' Addazio said. "He's been banged up a bit, but we'll have to wait and see.''
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