April 20, 2001
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -
The Boston College football team concludes its spring drills on Saturday, April 21, with the playing of the 2001 Jay McGillis Memorial Spring Game at 1 p.m. in Alumni Stadium. Admission to the contest is free and is part of Family Day Activities on the BC campus.
Head coach Tom O'Brien and his Eagles will lead the team in a four-quarter contest that will feature a Maroon vs. White contest. Following the game, there will be an autograph session on the field for fans to meet the Eagles.
"The spring game is always an important time to see the progress we have made in spring practice," says O'Brien. "We haven't had a lot of huge surprises in spring practice this year. We have had a good number of players who have improved their individual performance. The defensive line and the receivers both have had good springs."
Boston College had a 7-5 record last season and defeated Arizona State in the Jeep Aloha Bowl. The Eagles have 40 letterwinners back from last year's team and lose 21, including starting quarterback Tim Hasselebeck. Junior Brian St. Pierre appears to be the starting quarterback for the 2001 season.
"I like what I have seen from St. Pierre this spring," says O'Brien. "Going into the spring, I knew that continuity would be a problem. It is tough to be exact all the time. We are improved fundamentally. One thing I wanted to do this spring was tackle better and we have done that. We have also caught the ball better as the spring has gone on."