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September 5, 2013

Steve Addazio Q-&-A

Boston College head coach Steve Addazio will coach his first ACC game when the Eagles (1-0) host Wake Forest (1-0) Friday, Sept. 6.

Addazio spoke with members of the media about the upcoming game and more.

This game features two guys that have been two of the top receivers in the ACC over the last two years. Alex Amidon and Mike Campanaro at Wake. Talk about the two of them, what the differences are, what they both do well. "I think the commonality there is they're both really intense, competitive guys. Had a chance to meet Mike at the ACC Media Day. Struck me that they got that look in their eye, both of them. They're competitors. On the field, they catch the ball well, run great routes. There's definitely some similarities there."

I was also struck by the fact in the first week of the season both teams emerged with a very high turnover margin. Is that a function of the way the defenses performed? "Well, I think, to speak for us, our defense is really coaching every day, trying to create turnovers with scheme. Whether that be sacks that can lead to turnovers, whether that be interceptions through coverage disguise, whether that be stripping of the football."

"Obviously that's a huge deal and something that you want to take care of on an offense and create on defense."

Coming off that tough win, what area are you looking to most improve upon for this week? "Well, I thought we came out a little bit slow on defense, but we finished real strong I thought on defense. We played a good football team. That's a team with a lot of play-makers and a lot of weapons."

"We gave up a touchdown on special teams. We had a punt safe look out there, they faked a punt, which is a great scheme to them. Credit to them. I thought on offense we ran the ball well. Had some great play-action."

"We need a higher level of execution quicker. You don't want to get yourself behind against an ACC opponent. It's harder to get back. So I would say that we would like to start the game at a much higher level of execution both sides of the ball."

You inherited a bunch of veteran skill guys that all seemed to play well in the first game. Talk about how they adapted to the new offensive scheme you're trying to run. "Well, I wouldn't say we have a bunch of veteran skill guys. We have our quarterback, Alex Amidon, then Andre Williams has certainly played some football here. There's not a bunch."

"I would say they've embraced the fact that we are trying to utilize the talents we have best here at BC right now. We have a power back, a pretty sizable offensive line playing hard, a quarterback that throws it well, and we have one receiver that has a bunch of experience and has caught a bunch of balls. Tried to stay in balance as much as we could. I think that's kind of our recipe."

"That's what we need to keep doing, be able to manage and get the most production out of the skill players we actually have."

Can you talk about the job that Chase did in his first start for you? "I thought Chase played well. I thought he had good composure with the team. I think Chase will improve each week."

"I like what he's doing. He's played a bunch of snaps now, and we need that. For us to have success, Chase has to play well. That's really where that is. He's one of our few veteran skill players. That position is one that matters the most. Your quarterback's got to play at a high level for you to win, especially with our team."

"He's worked real hard. I really like Chase a lot. I like his preparation."

Alex obviously had the big game. Who is in line to be the other receiver, a balancing receiver? "We're working on that, to tell you the truth. We think that Danny Crimmins is a young guy, big guy that we feel is coming on. We feel that Dave Dudeck is a guy that played some tailback for us, but we'll utilize him as well because we feel he's a dependable guy with good hands. Those are a couple of guys we're working with right now."

"We don't have a great experienced deep receiving corporation. Bobby Swigert was a guy that played a lot here, but he's not playing this season. We're trying to develop some young guys to create some balance in our throw game for sure. For me to tell you we have proven guys, that's not the case. 'Proven' means it's been done over and over again in the ACC. We're striving for that."


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