July 31, 2017
Post-Practice Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gtr1C4Ds7h0
Boston College Preseason Practice Report No. 1
Eagles return to the gridiron for the first time this season
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Boston College football team finished its first practice of the 2017 season Monday on the new AstroTurf field at Alumni Stadium. The team wore just helmets and went through a two-hour practice. The Eagles were greeted by a day full of sunshine and temperatures in the mid-80s.
“No matter how much they condition in the off-season, there is nothing the same as practice and getting in a practice groove,” said BC head coach Steve Addazioon the first day of preseason camp. “We just need to be steady the next couple of days … and start to synch up a little bit.”
It was quickly evident to see the progress the Eagles made in the weight room under head strength coach Frank Piraino and his staff during the off-season. With the return of 17 starters and 46 lettermen from last year’s squad that won the Quick Lane Bowl, the Eagles return a plethora of playmakers on both sides of the ball.
On offense, one position group where Boston College looks to have a deep group of talented individuals is as at tight end. Led by junior Tommy Sweeney, who started all 13 games a year ago, the Eagles return an offense with experience not only at tight-end but also at wide receiver with veterans Charlie Callinan, JeffSmith and Mike Walker all returning after significant playing time a year ago.
“We are able to do so much more now (on offense) with the depth we have,” said Sweeney.
In addition, Chris Garrison returns from a season-ending injury and could line up at wide receiver or tight end to give BC another versatile weapon in the passing game.
Boston College returns for its second practice of fall camp Tuesday inside Alumni Stadium. The Eagles take part in their annual on-campus Media Day Thursday.
Practice Notes: Offensively, the Eagles have shown they have the capability to go uptempo like the team did in the Quick Lane Bowl victory over Maryland … Among the visitors at practice included William V. Campbell Director of Athletics Martin Jarmond and new senior associate AD for administration Vaughn Williams along with men’s basketball standout guard Jerome Robinson … Yahoo Sports national college reporter Pete Thamel was among the media members at Monday’spractice. Look for a feature on All-America defensive end Harold Landry soon on Yahoo.com.