And on the fifth day, they practiced in pads ...
2011 Football Training Camp, Day 5: Media Day & First Practice In Pads (BCEagles.com)
Day five of Boston College’s preseason training camp included the team’s first practice in full pads. Friday’s practice was preceded by the program’s annual media day, which included an unveiling of all the new uniform combinations for the 2011 season.
2011 Football Media Day: Player Quotes (BCEagles.com)
"The biggest difference is that we’re having fun out there. We have a lot of new faces getting the ball on offense. I feel confident that a lot of people who couldn’t make plays for us last year, will be making plays for us this year. The plan is to spread the ball around and get it into play-makers’ hands."
Spaziani shooting for the stars (Boston Herald)
"We’re not trying to be 34th in the country. We’re not trying to be 16th in the country. We’re trying to be the best we possibly can be. We want to win the Atlantic Division in our conference, the ACC. It’s a tough conference. We want to win that. We want to go to the championship game in Charlotte on Dec. 3. And then we want to go to the Orange Bowl and win that."
Rettig ready to show his skills (Boston.com)
"We're getting more players back (WR Colin Larmond Jr. and running back Montel Harris) who weren't available in the spring,'' said Rogers, who took over as the OC from Gary Tranquill this season. "Chase is coming along quickly, but I tell him what I tell all QBs must do well in. "Third down conversion, red zone and (success in) two minutes. That's the key.''
Ryan Quigley, Boston College Eagles think less is more (BostonHerald.com)
"People in the stands and the coaches and my teammates say they don’t want to see me on the field. It’s a good game when I’m not playing," Quigley said with a sheepish grin. "And I agree. We definitely have punted a lot more than we should have. But I think this year, the offense looks great."
Stalking 2 Records, BC's Harris Sees a 'Good Year' (NYTimes.com)
"I've got a strong feeling this is going to be a good year," said the Boston College running back, who is on the verge of breaking the Eagles' all-time rushing record and has the Atlantic Coast Conference one within his sights, too. "If I'm able to break both of those records, and we have a winning record and win games, that will be great."
Depth at the Heights (The Boston Globe)
“You always want more, of course,’’ said Spaziani with a laugh. “And we are not that deep. And we’re not quite where we want to be, but we are headed in the right direction."
BC’s line of contention critical with defense (BostonHerald.com)
“Right now, we’re in a building stage,” said defensive coordinator Bill McGovern. “There are a lot of guys who have to step up. When you lose three guys (ends Alex Albright, Brad Newman and tackle Damik Scafe) who played a lot and have done a lot for you, you need guys to step up. That’s always been a strength for us and it has to continue to be. But it’s going to take a lot of work, especially because it’s going to take a lot of time for the young guys to put in that kind of work.”
Boston College Football Training Camp: Eagles Wrap Up Strong First Week (SB Nation Boston)
Frank Spaziani and the Boston College Eagles football team kicked off training camp at the beginning of the week in preparation for the 2011 season, which begins on September 3 against Northwestern. BC will hold its first scrimmage Saturday.
Boston College offense gets to spread its wings (ESPN Boston)
Larmond, for his part, is raring to go. "When you sit out and you lose something that you love, you appreciate it and you value it that much more," he said at BC's media day on Friday. "That was something that I took into heart. I want to get faster. I want to make sure that I don't lose a step. Because I don't want people to say, 'He came back and he's slower than he was before. He came back but he's just not the same guy.' "
Rivals.com 2011 Top 100 Players Countdown (Rivals.com)
If he manages to stay healthy this season, Harris should end his career as the leading rusher in ACC history. Harris has 3,600 career yards, putting him 1,002 yards shy of the record held by Ted Brown (4,602 yards for NC State from 1975-78). Harris also has 21 career 100-yard games; Brown's ACC record is 27. Harris led the ACC with 103.6 rushing yards per game last season despite playing in an offense that had a pop-gun passing attack.
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So. LB Kevin Pierre-Louis: "BC prides itself on tradition and doing the small things right. This year, we're focusing on the small things."