|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.”
|Boston College wears down tricky Villanova to win season opener||08.31.13 at 3:01 pm ET|
CHESTNUT HILL — Alex Amidon caught a career-high 13 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown while Chase Rettig completed 23-of-30 passes for 285 yards as Boston College overcame a first-half scare to beat Villanova, 24-14, Saturday at Alumni Stadium. The game marked a victorious debut for new Eagles head coach Steve Addazio.
Andre Williams ran for 114 yards and the go-ahead touchdown on 23 carries before leaving in the second half with a hamstring injury.
The highlight of the first half was a perfectly executed fake punt in which up-man Jamal Abdur-Rahman took the snap, put the ball between his legs as the rest of the line and punter Mark Hamilton ran to the right. Abdur-Rahman, after a delay, took off to the left and raced 47 yards for a touchdown that stunned Boston College and put Villanova up, 7-0.
But the Eagles responded, thanks in a large part to a fourth down conversion of their own. Facing 4th-and-1 at the Villanova 49, Andre Williams ran four yards for a first down. BC capped the drive when Rettig hit wide open fullback Bobby Wolford in the right flat for a one-yard TD.
Villanova responded again with a six-play, 75-yard drive. Facing a 3rd-and-14 at the BC 27, John Robertson hit Abdur-Rahman on a back screen that produced another touchdown and put Villanova up, 14-7.
The turning point of the game came midway through the second quarter as Villanova appeared to be on the doorstep of another touchdown. Facing a 4th-and-goal from the BC 1, Villanova decided to pass instead of run and Robertson’s pass was behind a wide-open Joe Price in the back of the end zone and the Eagles took over at the 1.
After Villanova forced a punt, Boston College got another huge break when the Wildcats tried another trick play that backfired. Villanova attempted a halfback option but Gary Underwood‘s pass for Price was badly under thrown and Bryce Jones intercepted.
BC was fortunate to go to the locker room down just 14-7 as the Wildcats owned the first half, out-gaining Boston College, 234-144.
The Eagles came out strong to start the second half, going 85 yards in seven plays on the opening drive, capped by a 49-yard TD strike from Chase Rettig to a wide-open Alex Amidon, tying the game, 14-14.
BC’s defense stiffened significantly, adjusting to the read option offense Villanova runs that looks very similar to the Chip Kelly offense made famous with Oregon and now the Eagles in the NFL.
After forcing Villanova to punt on their first two possessions, Boston College took its first lead on its third possession of the second half. They needed just two plays to march 60 yards. Rettig hit Wolford for 34 yards on a swing pass down to the Villanova 26. Andre Williams took the handoff on the next play and ran 26 yards off the right side untouched for a touchdown with 4:40 left in the third.
BC appeared to take a two-touchdown lead on a 22-yard pass from Rettig to Amidon but an illegal block below the waist wiped it out with just under 11 minutes left in the fourth. BC added to their lead when Nate Freese connected from 39 yards to put the Eagles up 24-14 with 5:18 left in the fourth.
With Villanova driving down the Boston College 21 and threatening to get within three points, Josh Keyes forced a Robertson fumble and Kasim Edbali recovered it with just over three minutes left. Sean Sylvia intercepted Robertson with 1:59 left to seal the win for Addazio in his debut at Boston College.
Boston College opens the ACC portion of their schedule on a short week, playing next Friday night with a home game at Alumni Stadium against Wake Forest.
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.”
|BC’s Kevin Pierre-Louis, Nate Freese garner preseason honors||07.11.13 at 2:51 pm ET|
Boston College football’s season opener — its first under new coach Steve Addazio — is still one month and 20 days away, but the preseason news is starting to roll in.
The team announced Thursday that senior linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis has been named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, one day after revealing that senior kicker Nate Freese was named to the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Watch List.
Pierre-Louis garnered All-ACC honorable mention honors in 2012 after a junior season in which he averaged nine tackles per game. He has started 31 games in his three years, totaling 252 tackles.
There are 27 linebackers and 81 total players on the list of names to watch for the Nagurski, which is awarded annually to the top defensive player in the nation. Luke Kuechly won the award in 2011 while playing for the Eagles.
Freese, who is among the top active kickers in the country and one of the best in BC football history, is one of 30 place kickers on the Groza list, which is chosen based on both 2012 stats and 2013 expectations. He sits fifth among FBS kickers with a career field goal percentage of .820, including a .900 mark (18-for-20) as a junior last year.
The 20 Groza Award semifinalists will be announced Nov. 4.
BC opens its season when it hosts Villanova at noon on Aug. 31.
|BC football announces 17 new players, including Florida transfer Matt Patchan||02.06.13 at 3:56 pm ET|
Boston College announced commitments from 15 high school players on national signing day Wednesday, but it was two college transfers who got the most attention.
Offensive lineman Matt Patchan has one year of eligibility remaining after playing 27 games over three seasons in five years at Florida. The 6-foot-6, 304-pounder missed the entire 2010 and 2012 seasons due to injuries. Patchan, who will enroll as a graduate student at BC, played two seasons under new BC coach Steve Addazio when Addazio was a Gators offensive assistant. Patchan is eligible to play at BC immediately and would be a boost to the offensive line if he can stay healthy.
The other transfer is a familiar name: tight end Louie Addazio. The son of the new BC coach, Louie did not play at Syracuse during his two years there due to injuries.
Among the high school players signing with BC is running back Tyler Rouse (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Baker HS). Despite rushing for 2,977 yards and 45 touchdowns on 333 carries as a senior and winning New York State Gatorade Player of the Year honors, the 5-foot-8 speedster did not get much interest from big-time Division 1 schools.
The other high school players signing with BC are wide receiver Drew Barksdale (Solon, Ohio/Solon HS), wide receiver Charlie Callinan (Westfield, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep), linebacker/defensive end Jack Cottrell (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie HS), defensive tackle Truman Gutapfel (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison HS), safety John Johnson (West Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern HS), defensive end Kevin Kavalec (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/St. Ignatius), linebacker Marquis Little (Manchester, Conn./Manchester HS), quarterback Mack Lowrie (Foxboro/Roxbury Latin), safety Matt Milano (Orlando/Dr. Phillips), defensive tackle Tevin Montgomery (Jamaica Plain/Tabor Academy), cornerback Atem Ntantang (Purcellville, Va./Woodgrove HS), tight end Joel Rich (Paris, Ohio/St. Thomas Aquinas), quarterback James Walsh (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman HS) and running back Myles Willis (Conyers, Ga./Marist School).
|BC football names two more assistants: Bill McGovern, Justin Frye||12.20.12 at 8:08 pm ET|
Bill McGovern, who has served as Boston College’s linebackers coach for the last 12 years and as defensive coordinator for the last four, will remain with the team as linebackers coach under new head coach Steve Addazio, the school announced Thursday.
“Bill McGovern is one of the most respected coaches in the Northeast, not only as a defensive coordinator but as a linebacker coach,” Addazio said. “He’s one of the finest recruiters in the country. He’s a Boston College guy. He loves this place and has a great passion for Boston College. He has great relationships with current and former players and will be a tremendous, vital person in our program as we move forward.”
Justin Frye, who was offensive line coach under Addazio at Temple the last two seasons, will take the same job at BC.
“Justin Frye has played for me, been a graduate assistant for me and has coached the offensive line with me,” Addazio said of the 2006 Indiana graduate. “He is a great young coach who has had a knack at forming great relationships with his players while developing outstanding offensive linemen. He’s coached some of the finest offensive linemen in the country that are currently great successes in the NFL and will continue the great tradition of offensive linemen at Boston College.
|Former UMass, Northeastern coach Don Brown named BC defensive coordinator||12.19.12 at 8:32 pm ET|
New Boston College football coach Steve Addazio named Don Brown defensive coordinator. Brown, a native of Spencer, was defensive coordinator at UConn the past two seasons. He’s been a head coach at UMass (2004-08) and Northeastern (2000-03).
“We’re very excited to have Don Brown joining our Boston College family,” Addazio said in a statement. “Don is a New England guy who has tremendous ties and relationships in the Northeast to go along with a great coaching resume. He’s been a head coach at Northeastern. He’s been a head coach at Plymouth State. He’s been a head coach at the University of Massachusetts. He’s had coordinator experience at Maryland in the ACC and comes to us having most recently served as the defensive coordinator at the University of Connecticut. He has tremendous character and is a great family man who is a perfect fit here at Boston College.”
Said Brown: “Coach Addazio has presented me with a great challenge — one that I am very excited about. I’m excited to be back in the ACC. The positive thing for me is that I’m a New England guy. I’m from Massachusetts. Coaching at Boston College has always been a wish of mine. I’m a firm believer that you play the game on the balls of your feet, not on your heels. From day one, we’re going to be aggressive. We’re going to attack the line of scrimmage. We’re going to get after the quarterback. We’re going to play with our hair on fire on defense. I’m a big believer in playing for tackles for loss and being disruptive and making life difficult for the quarterback. We’re going to attack. That’s the style of defense that I’ve employed. We’re going to fly around and attack the pass.”
Addazio also officially named Ryan Day offensive coordinator, confirming an appointment he announced at his introductory press conference. Day, who was a BC assistant coach from 2003-04 and 2007-11, assisted Addazio at Temple this past season.
“Ryan is one of the bright young minds in college football,” Addazio said. “He’s going to coach the quarterbacks and be the offensive coordinator. He’s so excited to be back and part of the Boston College family. This is home for him. He knows Boston College and he is thrilled to back.”
Day has a supporter in University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly.
“[Day] played for me and I coached with him,” Kelly said. “He was a great kid and one of the bright minds as well as one of the best players I have ever coached. I think he is one of the best young coaches in the country and it was just a matter of time before he was running the show, offensively, somewhere.”
|New BC football coach Steve Addazio: ‘This is my dream job’||12.05.12 at 8:23 pm ET|
New Boston College football coach Steve Addazio was introduced to the media at a Wednesday afternoon press conference. Courtesy of BC’s media relations department, following is a transcript of Addazio’s comments.
“Good afternoon. I want to thank you for coming out, this is truly a great day, and an exciting day. I am humbled and very honored to stand here today as your head football coach at Boston College. This is my dream job and I have spent my coaching life at a lot of great places.
“All the friends that know me, knew that I one day wanted to be here at Boston College. The messages I have been receiving — “We’re so happy for you,” “We knew this is where you wanted to be.” Two years ago I had a chance to come back to the Northeast in Philadelphia, which was great. Now I have a chance to come to New England, which is truly home, and we are ecstatic.
“My dream was to come to a university that was all about the family concept. I grew up in a strong family with strong faith and now I have the opportunity to now lead a football program within a tremendous family. My wife, our family, the catholic faith is the centerpiece of our lives.
“As you look at me, I haven’t missed any meals. To have the opportunity to go to the North End to enjoy a plate of macaroni is something I am looking forward to.
“My wife, Kathy, she has been my life. My daughter Nicole works at Georgetown and graduated from the University of Florida. My daughter Jessica will be graduating in May from Central Florida and wants to get into elementary education. My son Louie is a scholarship tight end at Syracuse, that’s my family. I have a dog named Bailey, a golden retriever that is completely out of control.
“I’m here for the long haul and I’m here to win championships. Win championships with class and honor, developing young men on and off the football field. I want to develop men that are going to leave BC one day to go make a difference in this world in a positive way. I’m a teacher, so it’s important to me to know that I can be a small piece in the development of a young man.
“Our football program is going to be about a lot more than just football. It’s going to be about family, academics and making a difference in people’s lives.