CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The BC football team hit the practice field Sunday for just over an hour. The tempo and intensity of practice was dialed down intentionally, as the team focused on fundamentals and playing with proper pad level.
The Eagles will have a walk-through later Sunday afternoon, allowing for extra recovery time prior to tomorrow’s practice.
Full pads come on Monday as Jeff Hafley and his coaching staff will ramp the intensity back up tomorrow.
Following Sunday’s practice, sophomore wide receiver Zay Flowers and sophomore cornerback Jason Maitre met the media.
Flowers discussed the transition to the new offensive under offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti.
“The first few days are going great,” said Flowers. “Everybody’s still learning with the new offensive system, but everything’s been great so far.”
One part of the new offense that excites Flowers the most is the flexibility of the new offense with the NFL pro-style passing concepts. “I get to show off different skills like route running, where last year I was just taking jet sweeps. So I get a show-off something different (in the new offense).”
As a true freshman, Flowers played in all 13 games with two starts at wide receiver. The Florida native rushed 27 times for 195 yards (7.2 yards per carry with one touchdown) to go along with 22 receptions for 341 yards and three touchdowns. He quickly showed his versatility with the ball in his hands and was the team’s top downfield threat.
Working against a new offense with new passing schemes also is a benefit to the defense.
“This kind of stuff we’ve never seen before,” Maitre said on facing the new offense. “Things we didn’t see in the spring that they bring in and I think it really helped. I think it’s really tough (the new offense) and it’s making us better every day.”
Maitre burst onto the scene as a redshirt freshman in 2019. The former Everett HS standout played in 11 games, including six starts at corner. He finished the season with 34 tackles, six pass breakups, and one interception. He returned the interception for his first career touchdown in BC’s 45-24 victory over NC State.
BC football resumes preseason camp on Monday morning inside Fish Field House.