CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – For the first time this preseason, the Boston College football team hit the practice field in full pads for the fifth practice of training camp. An early circle drill featuring one-on-one battles between the offense and defense highlighted the first portion of practice.
The Eagles opened their first full day in pads with the offense running at tempo. The first offense vs. defense session of the day took place inside the Fish Field House after the linemen completed pods drills on the field adjacent to the outdoor Chamberlin Practice Field, which hosted the remaining O vs. D periods of the morning.
Defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan met the media yesterday and was asked about what he has seen from redshirt freshman cornerback Jason Maitre so far.
“I’m excited,” said Sheridan. “He’s got genetic talent. He’s young in all kinds of areas of being young — inexperience on the field. As he matures from the neck up and just volume of playing, he’s going to get better and better because he has talent. He’ll contribute this year for sure.”
On cue at today’s practice, Maitre showed his coverage skills with an interception during teamwork. The Everett product has also shown the capability of being a dangerous weapon in the return game for the Eagles. With the loss of All-America return specialist Michael Walker, there will be plenty of opportunities for new faces to seize their opportunity in the return game this fall. Among the candidates to see time at punt returner include Travis Levy, Kobay White, Zay Flowers along with Maitre.
Notes: BC had a full officiating crew working the first full-padded practice of the year on Wednesday … Travis Levy got reps at both running back and wide receiver with the first-team offense … CB Aaron Gethers was credited with a pass breakup, one-on-one down the right sideline … DE Brandon Barlow came off the right edge for a TFL in period two against the second-team offense … the first-team defense forced a fumble, recovered by LB Joe Sparacio, in the final session, while the second team got off the field with a Jason Maitre pick … on the final first-team drive, WR Elijah Robinson snagged a catch across the middle on third-and-eight to set up an AJ Dillon touchdown run … Ben Glines produced the first TD of the day, through the air, as the first teams faced off in red zone scenarios … CJ Lewis battled for a ball in the back of the end zone to score on a throw from Anthony Brown after the QB contemplated running for the goal line … with the second teams on the field in the red zone, freshman Josh DeBerry came away with an end-zone interception … QB Dennis Grosel connected on a 15-yard catch-and-run with Drew McQuarrie, who converted back to tight end for this season after spending 2018 as a defensive end … McQuarrie spent his first year at Boston College as a tight end earlier in his career and has made a smooth transition back to the offense.