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Football Prepares for Pittsburgh




Sept. 2, 2014

Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College football team is in the midst of a short week as the Eagles (1-0) host Atlantic Coast Conference opponent Pittsburgh (1-0) on Friday at 7 p.m. in Alumni Stadium. The Eagles and Panthers will square off for the first time since they were both members of the BIG EAST in 2004.

Head coach Steve Addazio spoke about giving senior kicker Joey Launceford - who will split the field-goal kicking duties with classmate Alex Howell - and senior wide receiver Jeffrey Jay scholarships after both walked onto the team.

Graduate quarterback Tyler Murphy and senior linebacker Sean Duggan spoke to the media about the upcoming game against the Panthers.

Graduate Quarterback Tyler Murphy
On Pittsburgh's defense...
"They're a corners-based team. They'll disguise it many different ways. They line up and play their defense. It won't be too difficult to read, so we'll just have to line up and take them. The better team will win. We have to be ready to go."

On the possibility of throwing more in this game...
"Watching the film and Pitt vs. Syracuse last year, their quarterback is more mobile. They do a good job of getting the ends up field and having guys in their gaps and spying. I'm going to have to be patient in the pocket and rely on guys to get open down field. They run the ball on offense, and so do we, so they're used to a physical attack and we will have to do some things to stay explosive down the field and open up our lanes."

On his excitement to create more of a throw game...
"Anytime you're a quarterback and coach is putting some things in to help the run game out by taking some shots down field, you get excited. I have to do a good job of not forcing it if it's not there, see what the defense gives me. Whether that's throwing the ball away or trying to get back to the line of scrimmage on my feet. My job is to keep us in good situations and out of third-and-longs and get first downs to move the chains."

On whom he is excited to throw to...
"I'm looking forward to having [David] Dudeck back this week and getting things going with him. Shakim [Phillips] and I didn't really connect last week, but we've been working hard to get things going. Keep it up with Josh [Bordner], [Dan] Crimmins, and Charlie [Callinan] and those guys."

On whether he had opening game jitters...
"I was a little nervous but I really didn't have time to sit and worry about myself being nervous. One of the things about being a leader is carrying yourself with confidence and you have to show the other guys how to do it and get them going. Sitting in the hotel there were a few [nerves], but once I got on the bus I knew it was time to go and get in the zone. I was focusing on what I had to focus on."

On the ACC opener at home...
"We have to take it very seriously. We prepared well for UMass and we put it all on the table. Now we have to do the same thing this week. Nothing can change. Since it's our home opener and the first ACC game, we really have to lock in and focus. It's going to be a great atmosphere and we just really have to focus on the details."

On having a home field advantage...
"Especially with it being a short week, it's definitely something we are thankful for. We don't have to travel we can spend a little bit more time preparing. A lot of guys are recovering and getting treatment, getting off their feet. We have to take advantage of that. The challenge is that it's a short week. We get a few extra hours because we don't have to travel so we have to take advantage of that."

Senior Linebacker Sean Duggan
On the Pittsburgh offense...
"They're a big, physical team. They run the ball kind of similar to our offense. Anyone who puts up those kind of numbers is definitely impressive...We have to play our defense: Play hard, play fast, play physical. Just try to out-physical them. It's going to be a war Friday night. Everyone's getting their mindset ready for that. It's an old-school physical game. It's a line up and hit them type game, so it's definitely going to be fun."

On first conference game of the year...
"Conference games are huge, especially the first one. You want to get off to a good start. It's a home game, so that's big for us being our home opener. Any ACC game you know you have to bring your `A' game because every single one of these teams is really talented."

On playing to win...
"UMass was a good team. We came out fast, which I thought was really important. Pitt's a little different. They run more of a power scheme. It's a different kind of offense we're going to have to face. We're really excited. Every game, we try to grow and learn as a defense so I think this is just the next step.

"Our offense is good. Their offense is good. It's going to be one of those games that just goes back and forth. We'll play as many snaps as needed to get the win."

On the short week...
"The coaches do a great job taking care of us here. Pittsburgh is dealing with the same thing, so we can't really think about that. We just have to grind and try to prepare as best we can for the game and get ready to play."

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