Football Holds Scrimmage On Saturday
April 13, 2013
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Boston College football held its final scrimmage on Saturday prior to the spring season's annual Jay McGillis Memorial Spring game on April 20. Head Coach Steve Addazio is seeing progress in the Eagles play.
"We did some nice things out there today, we are little banged up out there but I liked our offense we are starting to make plays now,'' Addazio said. "There were some real positive things that came out of today. There was some positive energy I thought there was a lot of competitiveness - a lot of energy juice. It was an encouraging day."
The offense behind Chase Rettig took the opening series down the field for the first touchdown on nine plays. Rettig opened the scrimmage with a 15-yard pass to Mike Naples. The big play came on a 38-yard pass to sophomore Dan Crimmins. Rettig then connected with Alex Amidon on three straight short yardage plays. Andre Williamscompleted the series with a four-yard touchdown run.
Rettig went five-for-five for 66 yards in the first series.
From there the scrimmage went through a number of situations and rotations of the quarterback. Mike Marscovetra had a series in which he connected on four straight passes. The defense then stepped up when junior lineman Max Ricci hit Dave Dudeck for a loss of three yards on a fourth and two.
In the fifth series which ended a field goal by Nate Freese, Rettig completed two passes, including a 22-yard connection for 22 yards and another key third down catch by Crimmins.
Williams would score his second rushing touchdown in the first goal line situation. After Rettig hit Amidon at the four-yard line, Williams scampered in for the score.
Crimmins caught another third-down pass from Rettig for 23 yards. Freese came through with a 32-yard field goal.
Spiffy Evans supplied some excitement on the day as he ran back a kick off for an 87-yard touchdown run.
Scrimmage Notes: Senior PK Nate Frese went three-for-three in field goal attempts, connecting from 36, 32 and 29 yards ... senior RB Andre Williams scored three times ... Quarterback Chase Rettig completed 15-of-19 passing attempts for 168 yards, while Mike Marscovetra went 7-for-9 for 40 yards ... Dan Crimmins had three catches for 69 yards ... Sean Duggan, Sean Sylvia along with Ricci made key plays behind the line of scrimmage ... Junior Dominique Williams and Steele Divitto each recorded sacks, while Dominic Appiah knocked down a pass late in the scrimmage ... Junior Josh Keyes picked up a fumble recovery early in the scimmage.
Head coach Steve Addazio
On Andre Williams:
"Andre Williamshas had a spring. If feel confident that I know a little bit about the run game and that guy right there is going to have a heck of a year. We got to keep him healthy. David Dudek has got a lot of opportunity to come of this, so we are operating with three guys right now.''
On Chase Rettig:
"I'm really impressed with Chase right now. I think Chase has had a great spring. I like his demeanor I like the way he's going about things, the kid gets the ball out quick. He's becoming a complete player. I just like his whole deal right now. His demeanor his leadership, he's pretty accurate right now, he really is. He is a pretty accurate thrower. We have to get some more targets for him to throw to.''
On Dan Crimmins:
"Today he made a few plays today. He's a young guy and loves football. The environment ... the pace of it all and the intensity of it all ... He's really grown accustomed to. And he made a few plays today. He's a big bodied receiver and that's good. In order for us to have balance we need guys who can catch the ball and make plays. And that has to emerge.''
Chase Rettig, Sr., QB
On the scrimmage overall:
"I thought it went well. I though the offense started off really well and we were scoring touchdowns - we were scoring points. As practice went on, we had one series that didn't work out. After that, we got it together and started moving the ball again and scoring points. The big thing for us is moving the football and keeping our offense on the field, tiring out the defense, stretching the ball down the field and scoring points."
On TE Dan Crimmins:
"Danny is a guy that is probably not going to just flat run past someone. But if he's down there in a one-on-one situation, he can go up and use his body and out-physical people. [Johnathan] Coleman is like that kind of a person ... strong bodies that can go up with someone and come down with the ball. ... He did have a nice play where he caught a shorter route and turned it into a nice play. [He's got] a lot of athleticism and he's still really young, so hopefully he can contribute a lot this year.
On running up-tempo offense:
"When we went to the 'move it' section of our practice, we went up tempo and just tried to tire out the defense. It ended up working because we got in some faster personnel to stretch them out a bit then when we got in some bigger personnel we were able to pound the ball in between the tackles."
On senior RB Andre Williams:
"He's really talented and a really powerful back. So once you get the defense on the ropes, you can beat them there and break a couple tackles and make something happen ... He's a good back with a lot of experience and some of the scheme that we're using right now is going to be really beneficial to him this year."
Andre Williams, Sr., RB
On a goal line score in the scrimmage:
"I just love the feeling of competition. It just feels good that our offense is finally gelling and clicking. We have an offense that is really fitting our strengths."
On the play of the offensive line:
"The o-line has really stepped it up. It's been sort of an issue in the past, but I feel like coach [Justin] Frye has got them on the right tangent because everybody is clicking on the o-line. Our pass protection is looking a lot better; our run game is looking a lot better and I feel like we're going to have a lot of success this year with them."