Sunday, April 17, 2011

Spring Game comes and goes

The Spring Game is only a big deal because it is our last chance to watch BC football until September (especially if isn't going to archive the video feed). But this silent spring concluded with a sparsely attended Spring Game. The weather was a factor. So is the long weekend. But ultimately I don't think there was much to see or discover. In past years we had new coaches and new QBs to examine. This year's main storyline -- the new offense -- was a non issue.

Although Kevin Rogers brings a new offense, there were no drastic changes. The QBs were under center. We used Tight Ends. We mixed the pass and run. It is the little things that may give us a glimpse to the future, like better Oline play and still having trouble with a hurry up offense. Any fear of Rogers employing too many sets or turning Rettig into a mobile QB weren't realized this spring.

Many of our main contributors were still injured or barely played so guys like Kimble and Anderson had a chance to shine.

The Globe and Herald had decent recaps, but Around the Res continued their strong spring with the best recap of the bunch.


Benjamin said...

The offense under Rodgers at least looked more dynamic than under Tranq. I liked that we passed more, but QB/receivers need to get better. O-line much better as a unit, but until we face some true competition it's always tough to evaluate.

Erik said...

I got a nice UnderArmour jacket for $14.99. Then watched the 2nd half in a luxury box since they were open and it was much more pleasant in there. No equipment sale this year.

Otherwise, everyone else has captured it. Abdesmad was in the backfield a lot, which might be a good sign for him or a bad sign for our O-line.

The pronounciation the PA guy used was (Al)(Lewis)(Gene) for ALJ, if anyone was curious how french to make it sound (answer: not at all). He's bigger than I expected.

Uncle Dave is probably a clear #2 based on Saturday. He threaded the needle a few times.

Momah looks pretty huge too. Maybe this will be the year for a big breakthrough.

Bravesbill said...

There's a link between the 1978 BC betting scandal and the recent USD scandal. The link? Brad Holland, who played for UCLA against BC in one of the fixed games and who was the coach of USD during part of it's scandal. Interesting connection.

Bravesbill said...

I should say he was the coach who recruited Johnson and Dowdy.

mod34b said...

Bbill. - u r grasping for a connection that does not exist.

Interesting and hopeful snippet about Rettig from the Herald:

"“He’s come along,” Rogers said of Rettig. “It could have been better today, but there have been flashes that have shown me he’s going to be a pretty good player.

“He’s got more than adequate arm strength, but we’d like to work on his pinpoint accuracy,” Rogers added. “He did a good job of getting the general idea of what the offense is about, in terms of the run game, the pass game and the check system.”

Part of the progression for Rettig, and all the quarterbacks in Rogers’ new system, will be the quick ability to make adjustments at the line of scrimmage.

“You are trying to process a progression,” Rettig said. “That’s when things can sometimes get a little messy in your head, but you are a quarterback and you have to process the information as fast as you can.”"

Bravesbill said...

I'm not trying to draw any big conclusions from it. Just an interesting coincidence is all.

mod34b said...

Yes. Interesting coincidence... Zelig like!

eagleboston said...

It's pretty hard to base how an offensive unit is going to look based on the spring game. The coaches know opponents will be scouting the game so they tend to keep things pretty vanilla. Also, many of the stars are kept out of the game or play sparingly so as to not get injured in a meaningless game.

What was interesting to me is how many former Eagles showed up for the spring game. Matty Ice, Herzy, B-Rob and others were in attendance. That demonstrates the familial nature of the BC team and that BC guys care enough about the program to come back to inspire the next generation. Pretty cool.

Lenny Sienko said...

BC Basketball recruiting at a JC in central Iowa:

"...swingman Chris Caird, who will be visited by Boston College on Wednesday, according to MCC head coach Brynjar Brynjarsson.

The freshman Caird, a native of England, averaged 12.4 points on 49 percent shooting on the year. Caird, who at 6-foot-6 and with solid ball skills is able to play multiple positions, also shot 42.9 percent from beyond the arc ..."

Mention is made of the opening caused by Ellmore's transfer.