|Steve Addazio on Andre Williams as a Heisman candidate: ‘Why not Andre?’||11.16.13 at 5:19 pm ET|
CHESTNUT HILL — After Saturday’s 339-yard rushing effort in a 38-21 win over North Carolina State, Boston College head coach Steve Addazio feels Andre Williams has certainly earned a December trip to New York City as a Heisman Trophy finalist.
“Absolutely, I think that any time you have a dominant football player that is all about the right things and stands for what is right in college football, then that is what that award represents,” Addazio said. “There are some tremendously worthy players out there but why not Andre?”
One week after rushing for 295 yards and setting a Boston College single-game record, Williams topped the 300-yard plateau, rushing for 339 yards on 42 carries. The 42 carries ties his own single-game school record.
The 339 yards passed John Leach of Wake Forest for the ACC single-game record. Williams also set the single-season rushing mark with two games remaining. He has 1,810 yards in 10 games for an astounding 181 yards per game average.
“That’s for other people to decide, added BC quarterback Chase Rettig. “We know he’s our Heisman.”
CHESTNUT HILL — Senior Andre Williams set a single-game school and ACC record with 339 yards rushing on 42 carries and set the new single-season school record for rushing as the Boston College Eagles beat North Carolina State, 38-21, Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.
The Eagles raced out to a 10-0 lead and led, 17-7, at the half.
The Eagles scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to put the game away and help BC improve to a 6-4 record (3-3, ACC) and clinch bowl eligibility in coach Steve Addazio‘s first season with the Eagles.
Senior kicker Nate Freese also had a record setting day, setting the new school scoring record when he converted the extra point on Boston College’s first touchdown of the day, a Williams 17-yard run in the first quarter.
|BC men’s basketball tabbed to finish eighth in ACC preseason poll||10.17.13 at 3:43 pm ET|
The 2013-14 season looks to be very promising for the Boston College men’s basketball team, as the Eagles return all five starters and 12 letterwinners.
Despite returning 96 percent of the team’s scoring, points and rebounds, the Eagles still face an uphill battle in the competitive Atlantic Coast Conference, as BC was chosen to finish eighth in the ACC preseason poll on Wednesday. Boston College received 457 votes in the poll.
Led by hyped freshman recruit Jabari Parker, Duke was tabbed to finish first, receiving 805 votes and 50 first-place votes. Syracuse (753 votes) and North Carolina (668) round out the top-three teams in the poll.
Virginia (612), Notre Dame (608), Pittsburgh (477) and Maryland (473) were next up.
After BC, Florida State (334), NC State (332), Georgia Tech (311), Miami (224), Wake Forest (220), Clemson (141) and Virginia Tech (65) round out the poll.
Syracuse’s C.J. Fair was named the ACC Preseason Player of the Year, while Parker was tabbed as the ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year. BC sophomore guard Olivier Hanlan received three Player of the Year votes.
The ACC Preseason All-Conference Team also was announced on Wednesday, consisting of Fair, Parker, Joe Harris (Virginia), Rodney Hood (Duke) and Jerian Grant (Notre Dame).
|Hockey East Season Preview: This really might be ‘the deepest the league has ever been’||10.07.13 at 9:22 am ET|
If you go to enough Hockey East media days, you’ll realize that there are certain lines you’re bound to hear from coaches year after year.
“Anyone can beat anyone in this league.”
“There isn’t much of a difference between the first-place team and the last-place team.”
“This might be the deepest the league has ever been.”
“There’s more parity now than ever before.”
The first quote is obviously true. That’s how sports work. We see upsets all the time, and Hockey East is no different. Just last year, we saw conference champ Massachusetts-Lowell drop the season series against eighth-place Maine (Lowell went on to sweep Maine in the playoffs, though), and second-place Boston College lose games against each of Hockey East’s bottom three teams.
But the fact that the first quote is true doesn’t necessarily mean the second quote is true. Let’s face it: the worst teams really only have a chance of beating the best teams when the best teams are off their game. There’s a reason Lowell and BC ended up with significantly better records than Massachusetts and Northeastern last season — because Lowell and BC were significantly better teams. And barring something crazy, they’ll be significantly better teams again this year.
As for the third and fourth quotes, when you hear them every year, you start to wonder if coaches would say those things even if they didn’t actually believe them. The league can’t really get deeper every single year, can it? There can’t really be more and more parity every year, right?
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|BC blows 14-point lead and game to No. 8 Florida State||09.28.13 at 7:03 pm ET|
CHESTNUT HILL — Jameis Winston threw four touchdown passes and Florida State intercepted Chase Rettig and returned it for a touchdown as eighth-ranked Seminoles erased a 14-point deficit and beat Boston College, 48-34, Saturday at Alumni Stadium. Boston College falls to 2-2 and 1-1 in the ACC while No. 8 Florida State improves to 4-0, 2-0 in the ACC.
The Eagles got first quarter touchdown passes from Rettig to C.J. Parsons and Jake Sinkovec in building a 14-3 lead. Boston College scored on its first three possessions of the game while dominating the Seminoles in the opening quarter. The Eagles nearly intercepted Winston on his first two passes of the day and sacked him on the final play of the opening series.
Nate Freese‘s 24-yard field goal with 11:19 left in the second quarter put the Eagles up, 17-3. But from that point, Florida State and Winston dominated the game. Andre Williams had 100 yards rushing on his first 18 carries in the first half and finished with 149 yards on 28 carries, eclipsing 2,000 yards and moving into 13th place on the school’s all-time rushing list with 2,067 yards.
Winston threw three second-quarter touchdowns, including a long 55-yard connection to Kenny Shaw down the right sideline as time expired in the first half, giving Florida State its first lead, 24-17, heading to the locker room. Winston escaped two potential tackles that would have ended the half tied before the long heave.
“It was devastating giving up that big play before the half,” BC coach Steve Addazio said. “We had the kid [Winston] on the ground but we came right back out there.”
Florida State’s domination continued in the third quarter despite a 71-yard kickoff return by BC’s Myles Willis to open the third quarter. The Eagles were able to convert only a field goal out of the big return and Florida State posted another two touchdowns, one on the fourth TD strike of the day by Winston and another on 1-yard run by Karlos Williams. Willis also caught a 52-yard touchdown from Rettig in the third quarter.
“I am upset about the big plays,” Addazio said. “We let up too many big plays on defense. You can’t do that. That’s upsetting to me.”
Florida State took its biggest lead, 48-27, when P.J. Williams intercepted Rettig and returned it 20 yards with 13:41 left and capping a 45-10 run by the Seminoles.
Rettig fought back with his fourth TD pass of the day, a 17-yard strike to Parsons. With a chance to draw to within a score at the Florida State 20, Rettig was intercepted by Nate Andrews at the 1, sealing the loss for the Eagles.
|Andre Williams on his career night: ‘It couldn’t have worked out better for me’||09.07.13 at 12:38 am ET|
CHESTNUT HILL — Boston College coach Steve Addazio picked up his second win Friday night, thanks in large part to a career performance from a player he didn’t even know would be available earlier in the day.
Andre Williams, nursing a hamstring injury from last Saturday’s win over Villanova, didn’t practice all week during the shortened preparations for Friday night against Wake Forest.
“Honestly, on Tuesday, I came off the field and [execution] wasn’t where it needed to be. First of all, Andre Williams didn’t practice this week and secondly, we weren’t where we needed to be. But our kids, they rallied,” Addazio said. “I’m really proud of them for that. I think we took a step forward in learning how to prepare like a big-time football program.”
But when the training staff gave the senior tailback the go-ahead to play, he didn’t let up. Williams carried the ball 35 times and gained a career-high 204 yards in a 24-10 win over the Demon Deacons at Alumni Stadium.
Not only did he rush for a key third-quarter touchdown, he ran out the clock at the end of the game as BC was looking to put the game away. Quarterback Chase Rettig handed it off to Williams eight straight times on the final drive as time wound down.
“I’m a running back. I love running the ball,” Williams said. “Putting the ball in my hands, there’s nothing I like more than that. Coach Addazio is an offensive guy. He loves to run the ball and it couldn’t have worked out better for me.”
|Andre Williams, Alex Amidon lead opportunistic Eagles to win in ACC opener||09.06.13 at 11:07 pm ET|
CHESTNUT HILL — Andre Williams rushed 35 times for a career-high 204 yards and a touchdown while the Boston College defense forced three first-half turnovers to power the Eagles to a 24-10 win over Wake Forest in the ACC opener for both teams.
Playing on a short week and in a rare nationally televised Friday night game at Alumni Stadium, Chase Rettig managed an effective game, completing 7-of-14 passes for just 123 yard but two touchdowns as Boston College improved to 2-0 and 1-0 in ACC play.
Boston College took advantage of sloppy play by Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price and the Demon Deacons offense in the first half to score two touchdowns and take a 17-7 halftime lead.
On the opening drive, Josh Harris fumbled a pitch to the near sideline and Spenser Rositano recovered at the Wake Forest 27. After a one-yard rush, Boston College converted the turnover into a touchdown as Rettig found Alex Amidon on a bubble screen out to the left for 26 yards and an Eagles touchdown. Amidon finished with five catches for 93 yards and a touchdown.
After an exchange of punts, Wake Forest put together a 10-play, 76-yard drive, consuming 5:30 of clock. The drive was capped off by a 30-yard Price to Michael Campanaro connection for a touchdown.
On the next drive, Rettig fired a 51-yard bullet of a pass over the deep middle to Amidon, who turned his body around in midair and came down with it at the Wake Forest 24. That spectacular play set up Nate Freese’s 33-yard field goal that gave the Eagles the lead for good.
The first quarter ended on another botched pitch play by the Deacons as Price fumbled at his own 28 and it was recovered by Bryce Jones at the 22. On the first play of the second quarter and the first play after the fumbled, Rettig rolled out to his right and fired a strike to Spiffy Evans for a 22-yard TD that put the Eagles up, 17-7.
Wake Forest had several chances to get back into the game, including a golden opportunity just before the half. With under a minute left, Freese dropped back at his 20 to punt. The kick was blocked and Wake recovered at the BC 3. They had four chances to punch it with :52 remaining. The Eagles, like they did a week earlier against Villanova, stopped all four chances, including a run stuff on 4th-and-goal from the 1.
Williams dominated the only BC scoring drive of the second half, carrying the ball six times for 39 yards, including the final five plays of the drive, capped off by a two-yard plunge that made it 24-7 with 1:54 left in the third.
Wake Forest had a chance to close the lead to 10 early in the fourth when they got within the BC 10. After converting a 4th-and-one from the BC 7, the Deacons had to settle for a 26-yard Chad Hedlund field goal that cut the Eagles’ lead to 14 at 24-10 with 10:17 left in the fourth.
After playing on a short week, Boston College hits the road for the first time next Saturday when they travel to the historic Los Angeles Coliseum to take on the Southern Cal Trojans.
|Steve Addazio: ‘Our first goal was to win the opener’||08.31.13 at 5:34 pm ET|
CHESTNUT HILL — Steve Addazio knows his Eagles got away with one.
They were down at halftime, 14-7, to Villanova. They were out-gained, out-smarted and out-played.
But it could’ve been worse.
The Eagles recouped at halftime and outscored the Wildcats 17-0 in the final 30 minutes to come away with a 24-14 win in Addazio’s debut on The Heights. Alex Amidon had a long 49-yard touchdown reception on the opening drive of the second half that tied the game and could’ve had another, but his 22-yard TD was called back for a block below the waist. Amidon finished with a career-best 13 catches and 146 yards. Andre Williams gained 114 yards on the ground and fullback Bobby Wolford broke out with six catches for 84 yards, one touchdown and a key grab that set up the go-ahead score.
“We went to more play-action in the second half,” Addazio said. “Understand that our game plan on offense was that we wanted to try to pound them down a little bit because we kind of outmatched them up front a little bit. So, sometimes you have to be a little patient with that. It was time in the second half, we really started to try to take some strikes at it, which we did. Obviously, it was a shame that we didn’t convert that screen pass for a touchdown to Alex Amidon.
“Overall, I am very proud of the kids, the way they fought. They faced adversity. They had to overcome adversity. First games, sometimes, are very often like that. Right now, this is what I know: Fifty percent of BCS teams in the country have a win and 50 percent have a loss. We have a win. We have a lot of work to do. We know that. You’ve got to start. Our first goal was to win the opener.”
They allowed a fake punt for touchdown. They allowed John Robertson and Jamal Abdur-Rahman to run the read-option all over Alumni Stadium. But in the second half they adjusted.
“I am real proud of the way the team went in at halftime,” Addazio said. “We had to make some adjustments at halftime on both sides of the ball. We had to shore some things up. We had, far and away, too many missed assignments on defense in the first half of the game, guys not in the right place.”
While the Wildcats weren’t leaving any tricks in their bag, Addazio felt his punt returners did just the opposite, playing it way too safe with plenty of potential yards in front of them.
“I think we have to get our returners [going],” Addazio said. “We have to really challenge them to be more aggressive, not careless but more aggressive. We left entirely too many yards on the table, entirely too many yards. For a team like us, that won’t work up too good.”
Next up is Wake Forest this Friday night at Alumni Stadium on a short week for the ACC opener.
“All in all, Game 1, we’ve got a lot of work to do but some of the important things that you’d like to see in terms of character of your team you saw,” Addazio said. “The toughness of your team, you saw. Finding a way to win, you saw. Sloppy, yes. Things to be cleaned up, yes. We’ll move on from here.”
The only injury was to tailback Andre Williams, who had to leave in the second half due to a tight hamstring. He had the go-ahead 26-yard TD run off right tackle in the third quarter.
“I don’t have an all-the-way update,” Addazio said. “Andre got just a little bit of a hamstring strain. Is it dehydration? I don’t know that yet. We wanted to be real careful there. We didn’t want to make that situation worse.”
CHESTNUT HILL — Boston College coach Steve Addazio said his team would have to be prepared for anything against the Villanova Wildcats in their season opener.
He wasn’t kidding.
On the first drive of the season, Villanova lined up for a punt facing 4th down at the BC 47. Villanova lined up for the punt with star receiver Jamal Abdur-Rahman lined up short in the punt formation. The snap never made it to punter Mark Hamilton.
BC special teamers weren’t the only ones fooled. So was ESPN, as the above GIF shows. Villanova used the trickeration to go up 7-0 and stun the Eagles, putting Boston College on its heels early.
|Chase Rettig: Eagles need to ‘scratch and claw’ for bowl eligibility||08.09.13 at 12:58 pm ET|
CHESTNUT HILL — It’s no secret that if the Boston College Eagles are going to turn around a trend that saw them win just six games in the past two seasons, quarterback Chase Rettig is going to lead the way.
But the senior quarterback, who is going through yet another change in offensive coordinators, knows the process is going to be deliberate. His focus is on Villanova and the opener Aug. 31 at Alumni Stadium. Work on winning that game and then go from there, with the end goal of bowl eligibility.
On media day at BC, he was careful not to put a number on the wins he thinks he and the Eagles can reach this season.
“I don’t know if you can do that,” Rettig said. “Right now, we want to win the opener because last year we didn’t. I think we’ve had better teams than our record has shown the last two years. But momentum is key. We have to win the opener and then scratch and claw, do whatever we can to get into bowl eligibility, and that’s just the mind-set. If it’s more than that, then it’s more than that. That’s what we’re going to try and do. Our work ethic is what’s going to control it, try to be better than our opponents this year.”
New coach Steve Addazio went a step further in taking the heat off his quarterback, at least to start the season.
“Number one, beyond a doubt, if you can’t play defense, you’re not going to win,” Addazio said. “It’s all about great defense. If you don’t play great defense you’re not going to win. It centers around playing great defense. You better be great in special teams, and I’m a big believer that your quarterback has to play real well.”
Addazio was asked about the back-up QB battle between Josh Bordner, Mike Marscovetra and three other QBs on the roster.
“Productivity in camp. You have to be productive. Have to watch Josh move the team,” Addazio said. “You either move the team or you don’t. You either move the team or you don’t. I’m glad if you complete 92 percent in 7-on-7. I really don’t care about 7-on-7. I want to see you move the team when you get hit. I’m going to judge that and evaluate that. Obviously, we hold Chase accountable to the same standards but he’s coming in as the starting quarterback right now so we’re going to protect him a little bit more.
“Some of the other guys, we’ll probably not going to protect as much. We’re going to throw them into the fire a little bit and see how they go, and find out who’s going to take those spots. You find one guy standing up. There’s been plenty of times in history here at Boston College a guy gets in there and does so good he doesn’t give it back to the other guy. It’s all there. It’s all open. Nothing’s forever. Right now, Chase is the starter. Right now, Josh is battling Mike for that second spot. The second spot could always become the first, I guess. Right now, that’s our mindset for sure. We have a clear path, for sure.”
In the fourth game of the 2010 season, Rettig made his debut at BC playing against Notre Dame. In a 31-13 loss to the Irish, he connected on a 58-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Swigert but had to leave the game due to an ankle injury. After missing the following game, Rettig earned the starting quarterback job and led the Eagles to the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, where he completed 14 of 34 passes for 121 yards.
That was the season the Eagles lost five straight, falling to 2-5, only to rally and win the next five and become bowl eligible. The Eagles lost to Nevada 20-13. Rettig threw for 1,238 yards and six touchdowns during the season.
After a 4-8 season in 2011, the Eagles fell to 2-10 in the 2012 season, Rettig started all 12 games and threw for 3,055 yards and 17 touchdowns on the season. His season QB rating was a career high 115.6. He connected with junior wide receiver Alex Amidon 78 times for 1,210 yards. Those are numbers Rettig and the Eagles offense have been building on this spring and summer.
“It’s been good,” Rettig said during media day at The Heights. “We had some in the spring but we didn’t really use it as much as we do now. We’re just trying to get used to it. Some guys are getting more acclimated. Different people have different learning curves so being a senior, being a quarterback, I know more. I’m trying to be an extension of Coach Day and Coach Addazio and get everyone on the same page.
“You don’t want to just go out there and run as many plays as you can for no reason. You want each play to be executed as a team and be worth something. Use tempo and be in control. When I’m in [huddle] right now, I can lead. Approach, demeanor, how you handle yourself in all the situations, I think those three years of experience have rubbed off and now I know how to handle those situations and just trying to be a voice on the team. The best way to do that is to set a standard, you set goals that other guys believe we can get to and then you live by those and expect it every rep off the field, on the field and in certain situations. That’s what I’ve been trying to do.
“You have to work harder than the guy you’re going to be lining up against on Aug. 31. Against the defense in practice, you have to handle yourself the best you can because we’re responsible for our success. It starts with the person, then grouping more people, then the unit, then it’s the team and then it’s the whole program. You just have to be responsible and accountable and that’s what we’re stressing in this program right now.”