Good morning! Yesterday was a whirlwind day of posts here as news came flying in from BC's first fall practice.
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To the news:
"We have to replace 70 catches from Amidon," Addazio said after practice on Monday. "We have to replace all of the production from Andre. We have to replace [Nate] Freese's kicking. We have to replace playmakers like [Kevin Pierre-Louis and Steele Divitto] on defense. So where does that come from? Where does that productivity come from? Where do the explosives on offense come from? I don't think I have that answer yet."
Other than that, though, no sweat.
The first day of training camp brings hope for every football team in the country. It also brings a sense of realization for Boston College head coach Steve Addazio that the honeymoon from his first year will last only if the Eagles' forward momentum rolls on.
We waited all summer for Eagles sports to return, and already, August 4 Boston College football camp is in the books.
DT Mehdi Abdesmad (BC): As a junior last season, the 6-foot-7 Abdesmad looked poised for a breakthrough, recording sacks against USC and Florida State before a knee injury ended his season. If he can return to form quickly, he's in position to replace the 8.5 sacks BC lost with the departure of Kasim Edebali from its D-line.
Best-case scenario for 2014: Murphy proves to be an efficient dual-threat quarterback, adding a dynamic to BC's offense that wasn't there last year. Willis leads a running back committee that, running behind a veteran line, is able to collectively make up for much of the production that went out the door when Williams left. A strong secondary offsets a mostly untested defensive front, and BC continues its ascent under Addazio, winning eight games and pulling several more upsets along the way.
And the best news of the day:
"BC [is] one of the better colleges in history, Jerry York is a great coach, he knows what he's doing. It's the best way to get to the NHL."