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Football Captains Speak After Practice




Aug. 26, 2014

Chestnut Hill, Mass - The Boston College football team continued to prepare for Saturday's game against Massachusetts on Tuesday with a morning practice on Shea Field. At a team meeting on Monday evening, head coach Steve Addazio announced graduates Josh Bordner, Andy Gallik, Dominique Williams and senior Sean Duggan would lead the team as captains. The four spoke to the media after practice.

Graduate wide receiver Josh Bordner
On playing at Gillette Stadium on Saturday...
"It's a lot of young players' first time out there, so a lot of the guys have to rally around each other and stay positive. The biggest thing is communication. Don't let the crowd get to you and forget what play you're running. We just need to stay on the same page to get through the external factors that come with playing on the road."

On playing four home games in September...
"I think that is really important. We don't like when teams come into our house and try to beat us. It works to our advantage. Our fans are great; I think we have a great environment and we want to keep that tradition going. I think it would be awesome if we could stay undefeated at home this year, but we're taking it one game at a time. We're excited for Gillette and excited to play UMass."

Graduate defensive back Dominique Williams
On playing with confidence...
"I think that's a testament to the whole defense. We're all rolling. For many of us it's our second year on the team and we're very confident and we know our stuff. We are just getting ready for game one."

On being elected a captain...
"It's a blessing and an honor. I'm just so blessed to be able to have the opportunity for my teammates to vote me as their captain and that they chose me along with the rest of the guys to lead the team this year."

On teammate Josh Bordner...
"It's my fifth year knowing him. I'm just so proud of him. He's always in there working hard. He's just such a great guy on and off the field and I'm so happy to finally see him succeed. I can't wait to see what he does this year."

Senior linebacker Sean Duggan...
On being elected a captain...
"It's a real humbling experience to be voted by your teammates and peers to be one of the leaders...You look at the guys who came before us and to even be in the same category as a captain is a big honor."

On what he hopes to accomplish as a leader...
"The biggest thing for me is set a good example for the younger guys. You want to do the little things right ... We have a lot of older guys on the defense who do that and just because I'm a captain doesn't mean I'm the only one who does that."

On persevering to reach this point with the other three captain...
"College football has a lot of ups and downs, as a team and personally. I think all four of us brought a different story to the table. We gel really well together. It's not always going to be a story book, you have to push through. If you keep working it will work out at the end."

On what inspired him to keep working...
"When I got here I was really close with Luke Kuechly; I learned a lot from him. He was a captain my freshman year. I tried to model my work ethic and habits around what he did. He was a big influence on me on and off the field."

Graduate center Andy Gallik
On the stretch of home games at the beginning of this season...
"I feel like it will be good. We don't like when teams come in and beat us here; we protect our house. We like to have that home field advantage. Our fans our great and we have a great atmosphere and environment. We want to keep that tradition going. It would be awesome if we could stay undefeated at home this year. But taking one game at a time."

On the offensive line's responsibilities with the running backs...
"It increased it a lot, but the fact that we had a jump start in spring ball really helped with all of it tremendously. We have a lot more options and dynamics out of the backfield now with the options we have with Tyler [Murphy], Myles [Willis], [Tyler] Rouse, and the younger receivers too. We have a lot of ability and time to study plays, so I don't think we will have a lot of issues that people may think we will."

On holding blocks longer for mobile quarterback Tyler Murphy...
"It's definitely different than what we've had the past few years with Chase [Rettig], but you have to hold your blocks a little longer because he can extend plays and run around, side-to-side and stay in the pocket that way or go north and south and run for first down. But as an offensive lineman, you should be holding blocks as long as you can regardless."

On being elected a captain...
"I was humbled and honored. I've seen a lot of great guys before in this role. I always dreamed about being that leader who would be called upon in situations. I'm very happy. The handwork will continue. We need to all be on the same page."

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