Year 2 at BC brings bigger challenges for Addazio

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 13, 2014 at 3:46 pm •  Published: February 13, 2014
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The rebuilding at Boston College only gets more difficult from here.

After five straight seasons of decreasing win totals for the Eagles, BC went 7-6 in coach Steve Addazio's first year in charge, a five-game improvement from 2012.

The Eagles had a Heisman Trophy finalist and were one of the few teams to give national champion Florida State a game in 2013. Addazio's infectious enthusiasm and intensity injected much-need optimism into the program. That helped him earlier this month land the best-rated recruiting class to come to Chestnut Hill since 2011.

Still, Addazio makes it clear that getting Boston College back to being a consistent contender in the Atlantic Coast Conference is still a long-term project.

"This is going to be our most difficult year," he said Thursday in a phone interview.

The upperclassmen Addazio inherited, the backbone of last season's surprising team, including All-American running back Andre Williams, quarterback Chase Rettig, and linebackers Steele Divitto and Kevin Pierre-Louis, were good players who came to Boston College during better times.

"Then it got sideways and they got caught up in that," Addazio said. "Winning brings out the best in a person and losing brings out the worst.

"We came in here and brought back some accountability. We did some things to put our philosophy forward and maximize who we can be."

The problem Boston College encounters in 2014 is now some of those weaker recruiting classes that came in on the heels of losing seasons under former coach Frank Spaziani are going to be counted on to fill holes left on the roster.

"There's a void in there. Some missing layers," Addazio said.

Depth could be a problem and inexperienced players are going to be expected to produce quickly.

"There's going to be a whole lot of young players competing," Addazio said.

Including promising freshman quarterback Darius Wade, though he'll have to go through Florida transfer Kyle Murphy, who Addazio said is over the shoulder woes that cut last season short and will be full-go when spring practice begins March 11.



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