FOOTBALL: Eagles Prepare For Bye Week After Tough Loss
Published: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 16, 2013 00:09
Los Angeles—After opening the season against a well-coached FCS team with a talented dual-threat quarterback in Villanova, then preparing for Wake Forest during a short week, and following that up by traveling across the country to get torn apart by USC 35-7, the Boston College football team is in desperate need of a bye week. The extra days off are especially helpful with highly ranked Florida State and Heisman hopeful freshman quarterback Jameis Winston coming to Chestnut Hill next.
Head coach Steve Addazio said his team would watch all of the tape this afternoon, go through every necessary correction and then, “put the game to bed.”
The Eagles will have Monday and Tuesday off, according to Addazio, before returning to the practice field Wednesday. BC’s head coach said he wanted to give his players a couple days to focus on academics and see how their bodies recovered.
Wednesday will be a practice geared more toward the younger players. Freshman running back Tyler Rouse scored his first collegiate touchdown against the Trojans on a 29-yard run in the fourth quarter, which was also BC’s only score of the game. Fellow rookie back Myles Willis saw some time as a returner.
“I just felt like, you know what,” Addazio said, “I want to see some of these young guys play a little bit.
“We’ve got to build our young team. It’s just what it is, so I’m going to keep doing that stuff. It was a great opportunity to take two young players on a big stage and get some experience.”
BC will spend Thursday and Friday starting preparation for the following week’s matchup with the Seminoles before taking the weekend off.
“See if we can get the body back,” Addazio said. “Get guys like KPL, get guys like Josh Keyes a bunch of these guys—Steele Divitto—see if we can get them back. So we get about a two, three-day bonus, hopefully, for Florida State and then get into our Florida State week.”
Divitto played the game with his injured arm wrapped, and Pierre-Louis and Keyes had to sit out in the fourth quarter with injuries. Addazio did not have an immediate update on the three linebackers after the game, but he did say he was sticking to his original bye-week plan despite the losing outcome.
“You don’t knee-jerk to these things right now,” he said. “We’ve made a lot of progress, and I’m not going to let one game wipe out a lot of progress that we’ve made. That’s not right.
“Now what we have to do is get ready because we have probably another top-10 team coming to Chestnut Hill in a couple weeks so we’ve got to get ready.”
Addazio understands that games like these go into turning a program around following a rapid decline.
“We’re going to have some bumps along the way,” he said. “We hit one today pretty hard and we’ve got to rally back.”
According to the players, bouncing back won’t be difficult.
“This team is not going to give in,” said senior captain and offensive tackle Ian White. “We’re not those types of players and we’re not going to lay down for anybody.”