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BC coach Steve Addazio addresses the media following the team's first practice of the 2013 preseason.

BC coach Steve Addazio addresses the media following the team's first practice of the 2013 preseason.

Aug. 5, 2013

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Boston College's 2013 preseason football camp is underway.

The team reported Sunday afternoon and hit the practice field Monday morning to mark the beginning of the 2013 Boston College football preseason.  The team will practice once each day this week as part of the acclimatization process before a scrimmage on Saturday.  Double sessions begin next week.

Boston College is in its first season under the direction of head coach Steve Addazio. The Eagles' season kicks off against Villanova on Saturday, Aug. 31 at noon on ESPNNews. For news and updates on Boston College football, in short form of course, follow @BCFootballNews on Twitter.

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ADDAZIO POST-PRACTICE QUOTES

On team's initial preseason practice:

"The kids got out there and they hustled around. They had pretty good retention from the spring which was really good to see. A lot of times, you have to go back to square one because there is not a lot of retention. There was great retention out there today, so that was encouraging."

On preseason practice:

"I thought that, as a staff and as a football team, we have hit the ground running really efficiently right now. They know what we want and how we want to get about it. They know our style, we know them. That's what's nice. I think that has happened here at a faster pace than I'm used to. I think we have pretty intelligent guys that think well. I think our guys are pretty bright and I saw that out here. That's retention. That has to be a strength for us - to be able to assimilate information."

On senior quarterback Chase Rettig:

"The number one thing is leadership. From the beginning of spring until now, he carries himself differently. He's locked in. He knows when he can have a little fun but he's a leader. He's on top of his game. He's a veteran guy. He's sharp out there, even for day one ... That position, more than any other position, is about leadership and the ability to drive the team. He's showing signs of that."

STEVE DEOSSIE FEATURED AS MONDAY'S GUEST SPEAKER 

Following Monday afternoon’s team-related activities, former Boston College gridiron star Steve DeOssie will address the Eagles.  DeOssie, an All-America linebacker who was tri-captain of BC's 1983 Liberty Bowl and Lambert Trophy Championship team, enjoyed a long and successful professional career in the National Football League where he played for the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants (including the 1991 Super Bowl Champions), and New England Patriots. DeOssie was inducted into the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.

BC HALL OF FAMER ART DONOVAN '50 PASSES AWAY

Art Donovan, Boston College Class of 1950 who played offensive tackle and defensive tackle in college and enjoyed a 12-year professional career for the NFL Champion Baltimore Colts, passed away on Sunday. Click here to read more from The Boston Globe.

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