Coach Addazio: Bye Week Before UNC A Good Thing

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CHAPEL HILL– The 3-3 Boston College Eagles present the next challenge for a Tar Heel team hungry to get back in the win column.

Coach Addazio says he thinks the bye week came at the right time for the Eagles.

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“We had come off a tough road game and a physical stretch of playing some pretty good opponents. We felt like we needed a chance to gather ourselves a little bit,” Coach Addazio says.

Boston College stayed competitive with both Florida State and Clemson earlier in the season; two of the top teams in the ACC. Coach Addazio says his team is learning how to play tough and physical through four quarters.

“We’re learning how to be a physical, tough team that plays with a lot of energy and a lot of passion. And that’s the footprint that we want here. I think that to this point we’ve been a scrappy hard-playing football team,” Coach Addazio says.

And with the ACC’s leading rusher, Andre Williams, in their backfield, the Eagles will be confident in their chances Saturday.

“He’s got a good offensive line in front of him. He’s a big, fast, physical guy. He’s 230 pound guy who runs a 4.5. He’s got speed and power, and he’s got a good front in front of him. So those combinations usually work pretty well,” Coach Addazio says.

Coach Anderson Places Hope in Promise of T.J. Logan

CHAPEL HILL– We are now just two days away from game day in Chapel Hill. And the Tar Heels are continuing their preparations for Boston College on Saturday.

Hoping to build off the solid performance in the Miami game for over three quarters, Offensive coordinator Blake Anderson says one of the biggest areas of improvement must come in the red zone.

“We got to be able to run the ball in the end zone. If people play coverage, we got to be able to run the ball in the end zone. We didn’t get that done. It’s obviously an issue. As far as points, we’ve got points more down there than we did this time last year. But we’re not scoring enough touchdowns,” Coach Anderson says.

Coach Anderson says running back T.J. Logan has unbelievable talent and explosion. And for that, he says Logan remains atop the Tar Heel depth chart.

“He did a great job stepping up in protection. He made some guys miss along the way. He shows a little bit of a burst that we weren’t having. […] At this point in time based off what we’ve seen at this point, he gives us the best chance to win,” Coach Anderson says.

Running back by committee is not what Coach Anderson envisions for his offense, but for now, he says they will primarily utilize the dual-threat attack of A.J. Blue and the aforementioned Logan.

“We’re trying to get the guy on the field that gives us the best chance to win. And right now, we feel like we kind of got a one-two punch with T.J. and Blue,” Coach Anderson says.

Coach Anderson says he expects the physical Boston College team will roll into Chapel Hill on Saturday fully expecting to take down the 1-5 Tar Heels, so the team better be firing on all cylinders in Kenan Stadium.

“They’ve got size, and they got several guys that stand out in terms of their motor. They play extremely hard. I would think they come in here chomping at the bit, expecting with our record, hey, this is one that we can win,” Coach Anderson says.

Starting tailback T.J. Logan says his immediate ascension to the starting role following his injury means a lot, because he knows the coaching staff has complete confidence in his abilities.

“It means that I feel like the coaching staff has confidence in me. I just can’t take that for granted. I’ve got to go out every day and try to work and grind and just help our team win games,” Logan says.