With a new quarterback to audition, an offensive line to develop, and a manpower shortage to manage, Boston College football coach Steve Addazio conducted the second scrimmage of spring drills Saturday morning at the team’s indoor bubble at Alumni Stadium.
“It was a good day,’’ Addazio said. “I had to cut it short, but we’re getting a lot of good work done. I thought we came out with a great attitude, it was a great effort out here, we’re working hard and both sides were making plays, so there were some good things happening today.’’
Sophomore quarterback Darius Wade, who played in three games last year, appeared to gain some separation from sophomore Troy Flutie and freshman Elijah Robinson.
“The thing I’m most happy about is that I had improvement from the first scrimmage to this scrimmage,’’ said Wade, who ran for a 6-yard touchdown and completed back-to-back passes of 25 and 15 yards to Charlie Callinan to set up Mike Knoll’s 19-yard field goal.
“The first scrimmage I had some jitters and I was just trying to get myself settled and started off slow,’’ added Wade, a 6-foot, 201-pounder from Middletown, Del. “But I felt like I came out today with a lot of intensity and the offense helped me out and I helped them out and we were able to jell together and play really well.’’
Flutie, the son of former BC receiver Darren Flutie and nephew of Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie, directed a pair of scoring drives, ending in a 10-yard rushing TD by junior Myles Willis and an 8-yard TD toss to Marcus Outlow.
“I like how versatile we are,’’ Wade said of BC’s offense under new coordinator Todd Fitch.
“We can get down in the trenches, power it up, and run it down your throat. Or we have the capability of spreading it out, getting it to different receivers, and letting them just make plays. We have the ability to do multiple things, which is very good.’’
Strength in numbers
Part of BC’s offensive versatility will be rooted in the backfield. Sophomore Jon Hilliman looked faster and stronger as he ripped off gains of 25 and 32 yards. “We’re competitive as a group, but it’s always to help each other,’’ Hilliman said. “It’s never to break nobody down. It’s how it is. We’re a unit. We’re a committee.’’ . . . Defensively, the Eagles incorporated a few personnel switches with wide receiver Gabriel McClary moving to cornerback, outside linebacker Christian Lezzer moving to safety, and linebacker Mike Strizak moving to rush defensive end. “We’re just trying to find ways to get more athletes on the field,’’ Addazio said . . . Addazio had to curtail the scrimmage because of a shortage of offensive linemen. “We’re working with about 7½ linemen right now,’’ the coach said, indicating the snaps of sophomore guard Jon Baker were being monitored. It’s one reason Addazio has decided to go with a controlled scrimmage in lieu of a full spring game next weekend at Alumni. “We just have to see how we get through next week,’’ he said.
. . . The game will be conducted outdoors as workers began deconstructing the bubble after Saturday’s scrimmage. “We need a permanent indoor facility,’’ Addazio said. “That’s a priority for us right now.’’