Boston College football hit the practice field today for their first practice of the summer. Some local media was on hand to watch the Eagles, so let's take a look at what they had to say as they watched the practice and spoke with coaches and players after the workout.
From Associate Athletic Director Chris Cameron:
Good to see these two smiling. #BCFootball14 pic.twitter.com/MRscDCQc9X— Chris Cameron (@ChrisMCameron) August 4, 2014
First off let me say that is great to see both Bobby Swigert and Mehdi Abdesmad out on the field. Both of this young men suffered pretty severe injuries, and it's a blessing that they both will see the field again. That being said it sounds like Abdesmad was out taking drills (but not with , but Swigert was on the sideline in a red medical shirt. Addazio after the practice said that Harrison Jackson was the only player he thought would miss significant time this season. However it sounds like Swigert's rehab is going to take some time, which might mean missing some games early on this season.
Also it was mentioned (though I can't find the tweet), that the first team wide receivers were Charlie Calinan and Jeffrey Jay. Shakim Phillips took some snaps with the first team as well. Again wouldn't read too much into that. Phillips will need to be worked into the system, the same with the freshmen that just came aboard.
Addazio said last year he was nervous about finding explosive playmakers, but less concerned this year. Height and speed at skill positions.— Austin Tedesco (@Tedescau) August 4, 2014
Interesting little tidbit there by the coach. Wondering who he thinks of as home run threats. Going with height he might be looking at Josh Bornder and Charlie Callinan as talented skill players (he said as much during the spring game). Speed? Must be Myles Willis. Have to wonder though if he has some freshmen on his mind as well .
Justin Simmons joining Dominique Williams, Manny Asprilla and Bryce Jones in the first team secondary.— Austin Tedesco (@Tedescau) August 4, 2014
This lineup is a little different than the secondary that Don Brown trotted out in the Independence Bowl to end the season. I wouldn't read too much into it though because if my memory serves me correctly Sean Sylvia was hurt during the spring game as well and was held out. BC never specified what the actually injury was, but he missed time.
Quarterback Tyler Murphy also practiced with the first team, which was not a surprise. Along with Myles Willis, and Mehdi Abdesmad he was asked to speak with reporters after the practice.
T. Murphy meets with media following #BCFootball practice. "We want to figure out what we're good at & excel at it." pic.twitter.com/CxyodKuPsU— BC Football News (@BCFootballNews) August 4, 2014
Steve Addazio also spoke with reporters, and talked about the goals for this season. Is just making a bowl game? No. He is shooting higher...
A year ago, BC's goals were simple: win the opener and get bowl eligible. This year?``Find a way to get to Charlotte,'' Steve Addazio said.— Michael Vega (@MBVEGA) August 4, 2014
BC Football has entered the digital age as well...
Football Eagles have received their copies of the 2014 playbook - on iPads. #BCFootball14 #WeAreBC— Brad Bates (@BCBradBates) August 4, 2014
Addazio concluded by saying that the Eagles would be having two upcoming scrimmages. Of course we will be updating you with all the latest news as it comes out.