BC: Spring Football Practice Report: April 3
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – For the first time this spring, BC was able to practice outside at Alumni Stadium on Tuesday. The sun-drenched, two-hour practice was the first for the Eagles in a week after Easter break.
Now back for his second stint at defensive coordinator at Boston College, Jim Reid heads into his third year on the sideline with a group mixed with talent across all three levels of the defense.
“I think we’ve made a lot of progress this spring,” said Reid. We’ve got a couple of injuries, have guys that are basically out for the entire spring. We’ve had a lot of great repetition and we’ve had guys get reps who normally wouldn’t get as many reps as they’re getting so that’s going to help us a lot with our depth. It’s going to be terrific. The guys are playing hard, physical, disciplined, Boston College football. It’s been fun to watch them develop.”
Reid knows how important building the depth is with several first-team defenders being held back this spring while they recover from various injuries.
“Let’s take a look at our linebacker situation last year,” Reid said. “We lost Connor (Strachan), John (Lamot) and Max (Richardson). We had to go to see the third-team tailback who then became one of our better linebackers (Davon Jones). It’s unbelievably important that these guys develop. You look at is as a real positive. They’re working hard, they’re being coached hard. It’s really been fun.”
Among the potential starters who have been held back or have had limited reps this spring include defensive ends Zach Allen and Wyatt Ray, linebackers Connor Strachan and Max Richardson and defensive tackle Ray Smith. This has allowed for increased reps across the board for several players, most notably defensive ends Brandon Barlow and Bryce Morais along with defensive tackles TJ Rayam and Tanner Karafa.
The Eagles return to the practice field Thursday.
Practice Notes: Tyler Vrabel, a member of the 2018 recruiting class for the Eagles, was in attendance at practice Tuesday along with his father Mike Vrabel, the head coach of the Tennessee Titans … three former BC standouts who should hear their names called in the 2018 NFL Draft attended practice Tuesday as Harold Landry, Kamrin Mooreand Isaac Yiadom were back at The Heights … the playmaking ability of senior Michael Walker was on full display Tuesday as the Florida native had two chunk plays on receptions from sophomore QB EJ Perry … senior cornerback Taj-Amir Torres and sophomore wide receiver CJ Lewis were both back at full-speed for Tuesday’s practice after missing some time this spring with hamstring injuries … redshirt freshman wide receiver Noah Jordan-Williams had two tough catches in traffic with the second-team offense Tuesday … redshirt freshman tight end Hunter Long caught a long TD pass from Perry … Hamp Cheevers blew up a WR screen – similar to his play at Syracuse last year that forced a fumble that Will Harris scooped up and scored a touchdown on … junior Nolan Borgersen worked at safety for the first time Tuesday.