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RB Kimble, Eagles Wrap First Preseason Scrimmage Saturday

Junior RB Tahj Kimble, who missed spring practice because of injury, has returned to action this preseason.

Junior RB Tahj Kimble, who missed spring practice because of injury, has returned to action this preseason.

Aug. 10, 2013

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Boston College football held its first intrasquad scrimmage of the 2013 preseason on Saturday morning at Alumni Stadium.

Following the scrimmage, which marked the second day that the Eagles were dressed in full pads, first-year head coach Steve Addazio met with reporters to talk about his team.  Below are a few of the coach’s thoughts after the team’s sixth workout of the season.

The team will not be on the practice field on Sunday and will have its first double-session of preseason camp on Monday.

Boston College head football coach Steve Addazio

On his overall thoughts:

“There were plays to be made on both sides of the ball.  Perspective for the second day in pads?  It was encouraging.  We did some nice things.  You’re never going to be dancing in the streets after the second day in pads. There are as many bad things as there are good things  …  It’s just the nature of the beast and usually the defense is just a tad ahead this time because the offense takes a little while to catch up sometimes because of the quantity of installation that defense can get ahead of the offense with looks and pressures.  But overall, I thought there were good things to be had.  I thought we got a lot done and came out of here at this point (knock on wood) that I know of, without any injuries of serious nature which is always a positive because there won’t be many tackling days.”

On any gains made by specific personnel on the team:

"I can't tell yet. I'd like to be able to tell, but I need to go watch the tape. I'd really be guessing a little bit right now. I'm really anxious to find that out. I want the answer to that question and I don't have it. So I really couldn't say. The only thing that struck me is that I was happy to see Tahj [Kimble] have some productivity after coming off of that injury. That kind of struck me a little bit. The other guy that struck me a little bit was Danny Crimmins. He looked like he went up and caught the ball today and that's really encouraging. I like to see that. Now I need to go watch the tape on the other side of the ball because I have a tendency in the middle of the scrimmage to watch what's going on offense. So I need to go watch the defensive tape. I'm sure there are some great things going on there as well."

On junior RB Tahj Kimble:

"I thought he did some nice things today. He missed a couple days, coming off that knee [injury]. Traditionally, you do a little work and it gets a little swollen and a little sore and you take a day off then come and he's been in that routine. Today, I thought he did some nice things with the ball in his hand. It's all confidence. You come off those injuries and you have to have a little confidence rebuilding, so I thought today was a good step forward for that, and he had some productivity. Freshman [RB Tyler] Rouse has been very exciting in camp but he got a little hamstring strain on the third play, so we didn't see him which is a shame. We really wanted to see him. The other freshman Myle [Willis] had a minor tweak in his ankle - nothing major but we popped him out of there. Before you knew it, we were two backs down. David [Dudeck] and Tahj [Kimble] were taking too many snaps."

More on Tahj Kimble:

"He didn't practice yesterday. And he wouldn't have got as much work today but the other two guys went down. So I had to increase his load because we are really trying to monitor how many reps were are giving Andre [Williams] right now. It forced us into playing Tahj [Kimble] more ... if you said to me `Steve, what's most disappointing thing of the day?' It's not having the chance to watch those two young guys get a bunch of reps in the backfield because they're pretty dynamic. I wish that had happened, but it didn't."

Scrimmage notes: former Eagle Dan Koppen, a three-year starter and finalist for the Rimington Award given to the nation's premier center as a senior, was one of four former players attending Saturday's scrimmage. Wes Davis, Bryan Murray and Gerald Levano were also in attendance.

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