The Boston College Eagles football team held their first summer practice of the year today in the brand spanking new Fish Field House. This practice was just in helmets, as will Saturday’s before they go into full pads next week. I was not at the practice, but these notes come from the school.
You can read more about the notes here, but here are some of my take aways:
* Quarterback Anthony Brown was in a knee brace, but was a full participant at practice. Also back was linebacker Connor Strachan and offensive lineman Jon Baker, both who missed all of last year. Elijah Johnson, an offensive tackle who missed all of last year was the only player to miss practice today according to the report.
* Folks have been asking if the Fish Field House is high enough for punting, well, punter Grant Carlson was booming punts during practice and easily had space to practice.
* The notes had the starting five offensive linemen as Aaron Monteiro, Sam Schmal, Baker, Chris Lindstrom and Ben Petrula. Take that for what it is worth. John Phillips and Elijah Johnson could sneak in there as well.
*Players are understandably amped up about the new Field House. Check out BC’s Twitter and Instagram for video on that.
Head Coach Steve Addazio had some comments about the new redshirt rule that was pretty interesting:
“[The redshirt rule is] the most significant rule change. Last year, I played EJ Perry for a few plays. That never has to happen again. It’s all about player welfare. Because now you can play a younger guy and it’s not going to cost him a year over a quarter, a half, a game or whatever. That to me, is a huge rule change that I think is a real positive. “
* AJ Dillon was showing off his hands as a pass catching running back today at practice. If he becomes a threat to catch the ball as well, look out opposing defenses
Sophomore running back AJ Dillon looked the part of an every down running back, showing great hands as a receiver … senior wide receiver Elijah Robinson made two tight-rope, sideline receptions during 7-on-7 work. pic.twitter.com/aQaJhhUCjJ— Jason Baum (@JasonBaumPR) August 3, 2018