Steve Addazio Previews Saturday's game at UNC
Oct. 22, 2013
Boston College head Football Coach Steve Addazio
Press Conference Quotes - Monday, October 21, 2013
"It feels good to be back at it. It was great to be out at practice. Last week we wanted to make sure that we gave our players time off physically and mentally. We had a couple practices in there but today was our first day back in full pads and really attacking the game plan. Obviously we worked all week on creating our game plan for North Carolina so we've been kind of grinding at this for a while now as a staff.
"Carolina has a really good football team. They have a bunch of returning guys. Their inside guys [Kareem] Martin, [Travis] Hughes, and [Jeff] Schoettmer are big, strong physical guys. Kareem Martin, the defensive end #95 has 42 tackles and Travis Hughes has 36 tackles so those linebackers and defensive end are pretty active guys. Their bandits [Norkeithus] Otis and [Darius] Lipford, #23 and #8 both have three sacks. Tre Boston the free safety, #10, I think is an outstanding player. He's got three interceptions and I think he's a pretty talented guy. Dominique Green strong safety has two interceptions and is also a very strong player.
"On offense, they are averaging over 410 yards of offense per game. Bryn Renner, the senior quarterback, is 119-for-188 over 1,400 yards passing, eight touchdowns, and four interceptions. Then of course you see Marquise Williams in the game, you saw him last week, they were rotating sequences. He can run as well as throw. He's 28-for-43 for 390 [yards] - four touchdowns, three interceptions and 26 rushes for 95 yards, so he's a dual-threat guy and where they head with that I really don't know. We have to prepare for two different styles of guys. A.J. Blue, the running back #15, has 57 rushes for 224 and he is also a good receiver, 17 receptions for 131. Roman Morris, a sophomore 38 rushes for 171 yards and three touchdowns. Then everybody saw Eric Ebron, the tight end, 31 receptions, 532 yards and three touchdowns. He looks like an outstanding guy and a difference maker.
"So they have talent and playmakers on both sides of the ball. This is a team that was picked early to have a really strong year and they have played well. They played the No. 10 team in America, the Miami Hurricanes, and played them nose up. They lost that game in the end but you can see the ability level of the Carolina football team. So, we are playing a very fine opponent. We are playing them on the road at their place and we will be in for a big-time game in a big-time environment. Our team has got to continue to grow. We are a work in progress, we've been in some tough football games ourselves and played some tough teams but what we need to do is sharpen our execution on both ends of the ball and we need to get on the road and win a road game. This is a new start to the second half of the season now. It's a new slate and we have to get to 1-0 right now. We have six games and we have to establish and pick up where we left off with a high energy, high emotion, high octane, physically rough football team and we have to take that to Chapel Hill this weekend. So that's our edge and we have to live that and be that."
On playing well against top ranked teams:
"That's very positive and it's a credit to our kids and credit to their character and their toughness. They like football and they want to excel. They're BC kids, and BC kids are like that."
On the second half of the season:
"We have to go on the road and win an ACC road game right now. We haven't done that. We need to go do that. That has to happen. You talk about the journey we're on, if you will. Part of that to me is to go on the road and win a road game. Our team needs to go do that and continue to play really hard, and battle really hard, and be really physical, and make plays and have energy. I just want to see that. If that formula can stay intact, we'll win our share."
On senior RB Andre Williams:
"He feels good, he looks good. I think we've done a good job managing him. You can't expect that guy to be banged around all week in practice and then go tote the rock 30-35 times. I think that's gone well to this point. He's doing a good job, he's grinding, he's done everything we've asked, he's played the way we've asked him to play, he's been durable, he's been tough. I think the guy has really blossomed and he plays a position and a style where I just hope we can keep him healthy."