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Football Continues with Second Week of Practice

Aug. 12, 2014

Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College football team began its second week of preseason practice on Monday with two sessions. On Tuesday, head coach Steve Addazio met with members of the media to discuss how camp is going.

Head Coach Steve Addazio - Quotes

On the progress and the team working hard ...
"I see progress everywhere to tell you the truth. We had a great day yesterday. For the end of practice, we had some good stuff going on there. I was pleased with it. You could see the fatigue set in a little bit now, a little slow, a little heavy legged. But that's all part of it...We're not going to give in now. We're pushing this thing right through Saturday. We have to...We won't succeed if we don't get accustomed to playing full speed."

On the offensive play since Saturday's scrimmage...
"All you do is get a little bit of the execution going and the next thing you know you're popping plays. Then you get some momentum and you're driving the ball. That's what starts to happen. It's still not where it needs to be, obviously, but it's heading in that direction."

On getting players back from injuries...
"Before you [have players cutting and tackling] you want to feel like you're really in sync. All these guys are dinged up. It's a real progression of a deal. You got to get their technique and their confidence back before you expose them or you're going to put them at risk."

On Mehdi Abdesmad returning this season ...
"He really loves football. On Saturday, he's got to take some reps...`okay I guess I can do this' type of thing. He's playing cautiously right now. Once you stop playing cautiously, you're good. Not thinking about it anymore. Right now he's still cautious. That was a pretty hard injury."

On the Eagles' wide receivers...
"They have been doing a nice job. They've been making plays. They have to make plays collectively. That's what I'm looking to see: Collective play making. They have to get it...[Gabriel McClary] has speed. Shakim [Phillip] has speed. [Sherman Alston] has speed. We got some speed. We brought speed in."

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