March 19, 2013
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Spring football practice is underway at Boston College.
Head coach Steve Addazio held his first of 15 scheduled spring workouts under the bubble at Alumni Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
Addazio, who assumed head coaching duties at Boston College on Dec. 5, 2012, met with members of the media following practice and offered his thoughts.
On his general thoughts on the first day of spring practice:
"I thought the kids today worked real hard. I thought they had great attitude, great effort," Addazio said. "You can tell they're straining to do the right thing. We've got a long way to go. But if you have great effort and you're willing to fight through each day, it'll get better. Like I said to them at the end of practice, `where we are today and where we'll be at the end of spring will be two different things.'"
On the winter season and preparing for spring football:
"We've had a great winter session. I saw great growth in the winter session. Now you're trying to apply it to football. I don't know how you could ever function without this [spring football], especially if you're a new staff coming in. The growth is incredible. We have a lot of work to do. It's a new system, new communication, new verbiage, new techniques, new everything. But these guys are smart and they're attentive and it's important to them. That much I have figured our very quickly."
On a depth chart:
"It's all open ... It really is open. As great as it is to be out here today and make some comments about what happened here today, this isn't really football today. There aren't pads; there's nothing. Saturday will be our first football practice. Traditionally, that's pretty sloppy, especially offensively. But it sets the stage for next week. That's where you really start to see guys that are emerging and start to figure this thing out."
On concrete goals for spring football:
"Our goal for spring ball - I want to see the fundamentals at every position increase, get better. It's really important in spring to get your fundamentals better. Then I want to be able to evaluate who our personnel is and to make sure we're doing the right things to maximize who we have. It's really hard for me until I get into spring ball. We have a series that we're trying to do. Right around mid-spring ball point, you're saying to yourself, `okay, we've made some good decisions and maybe we need to make some different decisions.' We've got to do the best we can to maximize who we are - and I don't really know that yet. And I won't know that until we get into this thing about five or six practices.
"I have to really focus on [the fact] that we have to be able to make plays. We've got to see what skill players can make plays. That is yet to be determined. Those are some of the things that are on my mind right now. We have to be able to play great defense. We have to be able to run the ball. In all those equations, who are our playmakers? Who do we have to get the ball to? How are we going to do that?"