Boston College football coach Steve Addazio said depth — or lack thereof — at key positions would be a pressing concern in his first preseason camp with the Eagles. One area of immediate concern would be finding a backup to starting quarterback Chase Rettig.
Addazio didn’t mince any words when he spelled out what he would be looking for in the battle between junior Josh Bordner and senior Mike Marscovetra.
“Productivity in camp,’’ Addazio said Tuesday at BC’s Media Day. “We’ll get in those competitive situations, but either you move the team or you don’t. I’m glad if you complete 92 percent in seven-on-seven, but I really don’t care about seven-on-seven. I want to see how you move the team when you’re getting hit.
“I want to judge and evaluate that.’’
While Addazio indicated he would hold Rettig up to the same standards, “He’s coming in as the starting quarterback right now, so we’re going to protect him a little bit more,’’ the coach said.
But that may not be the case for the candidates at backup QB.
“Some of the other guys, we’re not going to protect them and [will] throw them into the fire a little bit and see who is going to take those spots,’’ Addazio said.
“Right now, Chase is the starter and Josh is battling Mike for that second spot.’’
In addition, Addazio said he liked what he saw initially from freshmen running backs Tyler Rouse and Myles Willis, who might be counted upon to help provide depth for senior Andre Williams and junior Tahj Kimble.
Addazio didn’t tip-toe around the subject of his approach on the game.
“On defense, we’re going to go after people and on offense we’re going to go after people,’’ he said. “We’re not going to be a 3–yards-and a-cloud-of-dust [offense]. It’s not going to happen.”
“There may be times in the game when that happens, and you got to close a game out and wind that clock down,’’ he added. “Some people get caught up in how you win, style points. All I care about is winning. Whatever we have to do in the course of that game to manage that game to win, we’ve got to win as many games as we can possibly win.’’
The Eagles were predicted to finish seventh in the ACC’s Atlantic Division in a preseason media poll after going 2-10 overall (1-7 conference) last season.
Looking to Abdesmad
Senior defensive lineman Kaleb Ramsey said there was one player among the group who seemed to make a huge gain coming out of the spring. “I would have to say Mehdi Abdesmad,’’ Ramsey said of the 6-foot-7-inch, 278-pound junior from Montreal. “Just moving into the inside, I feel like he’s going to be a big mismatch for the guards he’s going against. He’s long and he’s quick, so he’ll have the advantage on the offensive guards. We work well with this scheme. A lot of practices in the spring, he really took over. No one could block him. I’m excited to see what he can do.’’ . . . Former Eagle Steve DeOssie addressed the team Monday night after Day 1 of training camp. “He talked about toughness,” Addazio said. “BC’s got to be a tough football team. He talked about being accountable to each other and being able to be on top of your assignments and using your mind. It was really cool to listen to him talk about those three things when he played.’’ . . . When apprised how defensive coordinator Don Brown had lauded Massachusetts-bred players Manny Asprilla (Everett) and Sean Sylvia (Dartmouth) as “animals’’ in BC’s secondary, Addazio chuckled and said, “That speaks to the mentality of Don, right?’’ . . . The Eagles will host Villanova in the 2013 season opener Aug. 31 at Alumni Stadium. The Wildcats, a perennial Football Championship Subdivision powerhouse, were recently picked to finish first in the Colonial Athletic Association. “They’re a strong team, a team with a lot of seniors,’’ Addazio said. “It’s going to be a great game.’’
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