March 25, 2014

Practice Notebook

Sometimes when coaches are asked flat out which area of their team has the biggest void they have their own special way of dancing around the topic. Sometimes, a coach will tell you they have to wait until they see their team play a game. Other times, a coach may tell you he has concerns about every position. When BC coach Steve Addazio was asked which area of his team has the biggest void the first word out of his mouth was "receiver."

The Eagles are trying to replace one of the most consistent wide receivers in the country over the last two seasons, Alex Amidon. Last year, Amidon's 1,032 receiving yards accounted for 51% of total receiving yards on the entire team. That number was up from 39% the year before that.

'That whole group is really working hard. We lost that one guy that was a go to guy but all of these guys are getting better and starting to emerge. We are going to be more a group of guys than one guy," said Addazio.

Addazio was asked which players have stepped up so far in spring and he was willing to give a couple of names.

"They've all had their moments. Harrison Jackson has had a couple of good days. Drew Barksdale has had a couple of good days. Charlie Callinan-they are getting better and developing," said Addazio.

One of the intriguing players at wide receiver is former quarterback Josh Bordner. At 6'4", 225 pounds, Bordner gives BC what it's sorely in need of on the outside---a big target. In a recent practice, Bordner showed off his big frame when he legally pushed off a smaller cornerback to separate himself on a slant pattern. Quarterback Tyler Murphy threw a rocket into Bordner and he was able to make the 10 yard reception for a first down. The BC coaches immediately applauded Bordner for his all-around execution on the play.

While Bordner has shown early on in spring that he has good enough hands to play the position the coaches are monitoring him in all aspects of the game.

"It's more than (catching passes). He's learning how to do a lot of things like block the perimeter. He's doing a lot of different job descriptions. It's a work in progress. By the end of spring he'll take a big step forward and by the time we get to training camp he'll be ready to play. Right now it's overwhelming. H's half a tight end, half a wide receiver. He has a big role," said Addazio.

Freshman in Action

When Addazio was asked which position has the biggest void on his team he was quick to answer "receiver". The coach also mentioned the lack of running back depth in camp at the moment, but seemed confident the reinforcements coming in the summer would alleviate that concern. The other position that Addazio sees a void in is the secondary. There will be plenty of playing time available for players that can step-up and impress this spring.

In the media portion of a recent practice onlookers got to see their first glimpse of true freshman defensive back Isaac Yiadom, who will be competing for playing time. While not physically imposing at 170 pounds, Yiadom does look like he some of the athletic ability that has been sorely missing in the secondary for the most part for the last few years. Yiadom was getting plenty of personal attention from his position coach, Kevin Lempa, who was paying plenty of attention to his new player. Addazio said after practice that Yiadom is being looked at as a cornerback right now.

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