Boston College football coach Steve Addazio conducted his first press luncheon of the 2013 season Monday and announced that senior right tackle Ian White and senior defensive end Kasim Edebali had been voted team cocaptains.
"Ian’s a strong, hard-playing, passionate player," said Addazio. "He’s a good strong leader. Kasim is a guy with tremendous work ethic. I think the players, they recognize that, they see that.
"I think those are both guys who work real hard and do the right thing and I think they’re both good representatives of BC football.''
Edebali said he and White learned the news from Addazio at a team meeting Sunday.
"It was just a real humbling experience,'' Edebali said. "I love everyone, all the guys in that room. It's my fifth year now and they're looking up to me and saying, 'We want you to be the guy we follow when it's crunch time,' so it means a lot.''
While offensive coordinator Ryan Day said he was interested to see how quarterback Chase Rettig asserted his leadership this season, beginning with Saturday's opener against Villanova at Alumni Stadium, it was interesting to note that he was not selected as a captain.
Rettig has been BC's starting QB the last 3 1/2 seasons.
To be fair, though, senior linebackers Steele Divitto and Kevin Pierre-Louis, who are expected to be linchpins of defensive coordinator Don Brown's "organized chaos'' scheme, were also not voted captains. Neither was senior receiver Alex Amidon, who was an All-ACC first-team selection last season after making 78 receptions for 1,215 yards and 7 touchdowns.
"So we had two captains, and they were the two who were elected, and they are the two who are going to go about the business of leading the team,'' Addazio said. "But we also talked about the fact that Chase is really emerging as a leader and so are guys like KPL, Alex Amidon, and Steele. We've got a lot of guys.
"Although two guys have the title of captain, those [other] guys need to be great leaders, and that's the challenge. When you have overall leadership, that's when you're good. When it's a one- or two-person committee, then it's usually not very good.''
Asked his impression of the new captains, Amidon said, "I think it's awesome. Both are great guys and good leaders. It reflects who the team wants as leaders -- two linemen, two big guys, so it's good. I just know we have two great leaders on the team."
In other news:
- Addazio said Al Louis-Jean Jr., a sophomore defensive back from Brockton, would miss Saturday's opener because of an unspecified violation of team rules. The coach said Louis-Jean would be available for the ACC opener the following Saturday against Wake Forest.
- The status of backup quarterback Josh Bordner remained up in the air. Bordner, a sophomore from Sykesville, Md., missed a significant portion of camp after injuring his left knee, but returned in time for the final week of preparation. "He took some snaps, non-contact, and threw the football,'' Addazio said. "I'd think he'd be a question mark for the game on Saturday at this point, but [he's] certainly headed in the right direction.''
- As his reward for devouring much of the repetitions in camp, sophomore Dave Dudeck was listed as Andre Williams's backup at running back on the two-deep roster. Dudeck, of Princeton, N.J., earned raves from Addazio for his indefatigable effort. "I really like who he is,'' Addazio said. "He's a scrappy battler.'' In addition to his role as Williams's backup, Dudeck also took reps at slot receiver and on the punt- and kick-return teams. "He's really one of those guys who's an accountable guy,'' Addazio said. "Who can come out of camp and not feel great about David Dudeck?''
- Among the other surprises, Addazio cited the transformation of linebacker Bobby Wolford into a fullback; the emergence of 6-5 sophomore Dan Crimmins as a starting wide receiver; the steady play of 6-9 junior defensive end Brian Mihalik as Kaleb Ramsey's backup; and the emergence of explosive junior linebacker Josh Keyes and sophomore linebacker Steven Daniels on the defensive front seven.
- Addazio lit into his team after wrapping up Monday morning's practice at Shea Field. With only three workdays left before the opener, Addazio was not pleased with the mistakes and lack of intensity. "Perfect practice equals perfect play,'' Addazio said. "If you think you're just going to get it on Saturday because you want to, it won't happen. You've got to press play, see it on the video, then you know you're ready. You know you're ready when it's clean. If you're not clean, then you're rolling the dice a little bit. There was too many mistakes. I didn't think there was enough intensity.
"Sometimes this happens when you get to the end of camp and the monotony of the whole thing and the lack of playing another opponent, all those are plausible reasons.
"But, at the end of the day, all that matters, we need to press play and see great practice to be assured of the fact that we're going to see great execution on Saturday."
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