Steve Addazio addressed the media briefly at the start of Boston College football camp’s second week in 2014, and emphasized his team’s toughness.
The Eagles have been back in Chestnut Hill for a little over a week, and with the season opener at Gillette Stadium only two and a half weeks away, Boston College football has a great deal of preparation to do in a short amount of time.
Head coach Steve Addazio briefly addressed his team’s performance in practice so far and pledged that the Eagles would continue to fight.
A few Steve Addazio money quotes from the interview:
You could see the fatigue set in a little bit now, a little slow, a little heavy legged. But that’s all part of it…We’re not going to give in now. We’re pushing this thing right through Saturday. We have to…We won’t succeed if we don’t get accustomed to playing full speed.
We would all expect nothing less from our coach, who is probably intense in everything he does, including everyday life. He understands that after an offseason being away from the game, fatigue is going to manifest itself. The players are conditioning themselves for the Fall grind; some discomfort now will be worth it later when they’re mentally and physically prepared to win football games.
[Gabriel McClary] has speed. Shakim [Phillips] has speed. [Sherman Alston] has speed. We got some speed. We brought speed in.
The wide receiver preview yesterday was smothered with inexperience. Steve Addazio and company know that there is not much experience with which to work, but there is apparently speed and definitely some size — there are eight wide receivers on the roster at present who are 6-foot-2 and over, and three are at least 6-foot-4. Ironically, the aforementioned Alston is the shortest player on the team at 5-foot-6, but he’s got wheels.
To date, the Eagles have had a number of practices since camp opened last Sunday, as well as one scrimmage. It is now that the staff will be able to start evaluating what they have in terms of talent, and who is going to be able to hold up the best through the Fall.