August 10, 2017
Boston College Preseason Practice Report No. 10
Spirited practice saw both sides compete at a high level
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Despite hot and sunny conditions at Alumni Stadium, the Boston College football team had one of its best practices of preseason camp Thursday morning. Both the offense and defense played with great energy and tempo as both sides of the ball enjoyed success during the two-hour practice.
The Eagles were in full pads for the 10th practice of preseason camp Thursday.
The play of the offensive line has been one of the promising storylines of preseason camp. Head coach Steve Addazio was asked about the potential of the unit following practice.
“I think they’ve really raised their level of play and are really starting to gel nicely in camp,” said Addazio. “We have a high ceiling for them. I think we have the chance to have a very good offensive line.”
As with most programs around the country, depth in the trenches is always a concern and BC enters 2017 looking to round out the depth on the offensive line.
“I think the concern I have is the depth,” said Addazio. “I don’t think we have established enough depth yet. We have some but not as much as I would like to see with Elijah Johnson having that injury from spring. We lost him and that hurt us. But the starting five right now, I’m very pleased with how they’re playing. They are coming together well.”
Junior left tackle Aaron Monteiro, senior center Jon Baker and junior Chris Lindstrom look to be three of the leaders up front on the offensive line. Lindstrom has shown the ability to play either guard or tackle during the spring and preseason.
“I think they are taking a lot of pride in the quality and detail of their work, which a line has to have,” said Addazio. “They’re playing physical, they’re playing hard. I’ve seen some really good things.”
The Eagles return Saturday to Alumni Stadium for the second scrimmage of the preseason.
Practice Notes: NFL scouts from the Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell were in attendance for Thursday’s practice … redshirt freshman quarterback Anthony Brown threw a gorgeous deep ball to junior wide receiver Jeff Smith during one of the team periods … Smith has shown tremendous versatility both in the run game and in the pass game throughout the preseason with his game-breaking speed and athleticism … the offensive line has continued to open daylight for the BC running backs as true freshman AJ Dillon had a big run to the outside and junior Jon Hilliman also broke free on two nice runs … junior defensive end Wyatt Ray showed tremendous hands on a diving tipped ball in the end zone to record an interception … junior Will Harris had a key pass breakup on third down to stall one of the offense’s drives … while the quarterbacks are off limits to the defense, true freshman Isaiah McDuffie broke free on a blitz for a would-be sack … senior cornerback Kamrin Moore had a beautiful, diving interception in the end zone during Thursday’s 11-on-11 play.