Coach Steve Addazio oversaw the first scrimmage Saturday. (Mike Petraglia/

Steve Addazio says 'a lot of good things happened' in first BC scrimmage Saturday

Mike Petraglia
August 13, 2016 - 8:58 am

The Eagles took their first big step toward improving on their 3-9 mark of a year ago when they took the field for their first scrimmage Saturday. After the first week of formal preseason practice, the Eagles went through game situations early Saturday morning. The Eagles played their first intrasquad scrimmage on Shea Field bright and early, emerging from the Yawkey Center locker room at 7:40 a.m. to prep. The formal scrimmage – almost two-and-a-half hours long – put the Eagles in a variety of game situations with varied personnel groupings. Steve Addazio watched the action from the center of the field, and got his first look at the Eagles in an full offense-defense atmosphere. "It's was good," Addazio said. "A lot of good things happened. [There are] a lot of things to work on. We did a lot of work and we have a lot of stuff we can evaluate. We are not too badly hurt and you always feel good about that. "We made some big plays on offense and gave away some plays some big plays on defense - made some good plays, gave up some good plays. It was good. There was enough to go around out there. There was a lot of good competition out there. We have a good chance to watch that tape and evaluate it," he said. While there was no formal score – a points system was in place for various plays – three touchdowns were put up late in the scrimmage. A pair by senior running back Myles Willis (on runs of 10 and 40-plus yards) and an interception return by freshman linebacker John Lamot on the final play of the morning. "I think it was a lot of fun to play full-on defense and football again," junior linebacker Connor Strachan said. "Anytime you get a chance to scrimmage in a game-like atmosphere, it's a ton of fun. It's fun to get out there and compete with your teammates." Graduate quarterback Patrick Towles added, "All around at every positions, we had some mess ups today – including myself – so we have to watch the film, continue to get better and be better football team on Monday than we were today." One of the highlights of the morning was redshirt sophomore quarterback Darius Wade's 40-plus yard connection with sophomore wide out Elijah Robinson from the one-yard line. "In that situation – a goal line situation – everyone is pressed out," Wade said. "They think it's going to be a run. I had great protection and I was able to find my receiver down the field and we were able to make a play. It's always great in a coming out situation where you need to flip the field and change the momentum." With tweaks and areas of focus coming into clarity after today's scrimmage, the Eagles get back to the practice field next week for their second full week of practice. The team is scheduled to play its second intrasquad scrimmage next Saturday morning. Boston College sports information assisted with this report.