WATCH: Addazio's comments after loss to Clemson


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Check out the postgame press conference by Boston College's Steve Addazio after his team's 27-7 loss to Clemson on Saturday night.

STEVE ADDAZIO: You had to be able to really get the ball down the field. And we did try at

times to do that. That's where the practice reps come into play, you know, and it's hard to get

two people ready to play in a game. So the bulk of your reps are going to your starting player.

And where that shows up sometimes the most is in the throwing game, and having said that, I

thought EJ made some great throws in that game. Confident, ripped it a few times in there good.

You could see the strength of his arm.

But in fairness, they're playing some two-trap coverage and he does not have a lot of reps

against that kind of coverage. You know, it was a factor, and we were trying to be judicious with

it, but towards the end it was just getting too hard to do that because it was essentially creating

nine-man fronts for us. They're good enough, never mind with the one or two extra hats down

there. That's why the run game was struggling to get going. We needed to challenge that back

end more. You're caught between that and having a young guy in there and you're playing good

on defense, you're trying to manage that thing and be careful not to lose the confidence of the

young quarterback in there on top of everything else. So it gets to be a management issue, and

you know, that's where it was.

Q. At 13-7 at halftime and the way your defense was playing, especially at the end of the

first half when you hold them to no points on that final drive, are you going into halftime

thinking our defense is good enough, maybe create a turnover and get a short field? Is

that kind of what your thinking was?

STEVE ADDAZIO: Yeah. I mean, we tried to get in at halftime and kind of just re-establish what

we felt we could do confidently in the second half. You know, not just get reckless out there and

give the game away. But we wanted to stay aggressive, and we came back out and ran a

couple special and did a couple things, but we felt at that point like, okay, we're in pretty good

shape here, given the obvious crisis that sort of happened to us before we ever had a chance to

get going.

But we still felt like we could get ourselves back under control. I felt good about that.

When we came out in the second half, we had the ball, I think we had an opportunity for a 1st

down there. We fell short of the 1st down, and then they got the ball and they scored. That's

what widened that gap and made it a 20-7 game and kind of hung in there. I thought that it was

important for us to open up the second half and have a good drive and get some points on the

board, and I thought we had a chance to do that. You know, and we didn't get that done in that

drive.

I think EJ popped out down the left side, and I thought for sure we had a 1st down there, but

came up short. Then we ran a short yardage play and they ran a pressure and, again, I thought

we'd still have that, and we didn't get that. Then they scored and that's probably, looking back,

a bit of a turning point right there because if we could have -- I thought we could even that score

out and then have a chance to drag them into the fourth quarter a little more evened out. I think

we got them into the fourth quarter at 20-7, but with our struggles on offense, that concerned

me. It just concerned me. I mean, you're talking about the most dominant defense just about in

the country, and we're trying to adjust on the run now. It's not exactly favorable.

Q. From GameDay being here to you're without your starting quarterback almost the

whole game, and your defense still is able to keep it a two-score game against the No. 2

team in the country for most of the night, what do you think the message sent to recruits

was today?

STEVE ADDAZIO: I think the message to our team was that, as I said to our team, we showed

tremendous toughness and battle as a team, with grit. I think anybody watching that game

could see that and could see how hard we played on defense, how hard we played on special

teams, and how hard we were playing on offense, and just trying to -- we didn't just fall off the

pickle boat; we we've been pretty explosive offensively all year long. But we got dealt a tough

blow, and we're trying to adjust to it amongst this environment. So I think that was plain to see to

anybody watching that game. I don't think you have to be a rocket scientist to see all that. I

would have liked to have seen us in the second half put together a couple of drives that would

have been more sustained, but again, with some of the snaps and some of the penalties, it was

just too hard against that team to keep anything going that way.

I think whoever watched that game could see that. You know, be just like -- you wouldn't want to

be them losing their starting quarterback, either. This is year two at that. So hopefully Anthony

will be fine, and hopefully EJ gathered some real tough competitive game experience in a game

like this because he certainly has a bunch of ability now. He has a bunch of ability, and he can

throw it. He needs now to be able to soak into reps.

I'm telling you, that's a big piece of this. It's a big piece because you can't get two guys ready to

go. It's not fair to a young guy who just doesn't have a bunch of reps during the week in practice

to feel and see all those different coverages that are being played and operated. He's sharp and

tough, and he'll pick that up. Really, I think he's a super talented guy. I think he'll have this game

and another week under his belt, and we'll see where Anthony is. I just don't have any idea

where we are with that right now.

Q. Dillon kind of hobbled off the field late in the game. How is he doing?

STEVE ADDAZIO: You know, he got tweaked up early, and I'll tell you, that kid is battling. He's

got a rough injury that's not going anywhere until maybe you get to a bowl game, and it's just

really hobbled him. You know, I thought towards the end of the week he was starting to get

better and feel better, but I'm not going to say it out there, but he's nowhere near 100 percent.

He's just not.

You know, and that's obvious. But he's tough, and he's battling, and he keeps fighting back

each week. Give him a lot of credit. Admire what he's battling with, and he'll battle it back this

week. But with these kind of injuries that he has, they get re-tweaked, and you kind of go back a

few days, then you try to make it back up and then you're back a few days, and it's just the way

it's going to be until, like I said, we can get some sustained time off his legs and get through it.

Some people say bowl game, some people say probably not even until after that. It's a tough

injury for a running back, maybe one of the worst, especially his style.

Q. I know we were talking about the juice and how you guys wanted to treat it like

another game, but when you come into this atmosphere and you lose, does it feel almost

like -- I don't want to say an opportunity to showcase the team was kind of stolen

because you didn't have your entire complement of weapons, but does it feel almost like

you didn't get a chance to show who you are completely without your starting

quarterback?

STEVE ADDAZIO: Well, listen, I'm ecstatic about how our defense played, and I'm proud of our

guys. Hey, we're not going to have a pity party here. It is what it is. I'm excited about EJ Perry

coming in and the stage not being too big for him, to be honest with you. I'm excited about that.

I'm excited to watch some of the throws that he ripped off in that game. It's our job now to get

him the reps that he needs, especially in the throw game, so that we're not going to play against

zero hole and nine-man boxes. That's something we've gotten away from this year, and now all

of a sudden we're back into that. But he's got enough arm talent, you'll see. He'll be able to get

that ball down the field now. And he's got courage in that pocket, too.

He'll need a little week here to get back. He had a ton of reps in training camp, but since training

camp, he hasn't had a ton of reps. So he's going to have an opportunity I'm guessing to get a

ton of reps and grow and develop. I guess to answer your question directly, yeah, I mean, in a

game like this, on a stage like this, you'd like to feel like you got your full complement, you

know? But that didn't happen. And that's life. So I'm more concerned now about getting ready

for Florida State and getting ourselves back in the groove, if you will. That's my focus right now.

You know, just dealing with where Anthony is going to be or not be, where EJ is going to be or

not be. We've developed a style, and now I've got to see if we can still hang in with that style

and be effective the way that we want to be going into week 11. You know, that's what we've got

to work on right now.

Q. What can you tell us about Anthony's injury, if anything? Looked like he went down on

his shoulder --

STEVE ADDAZIO: No, no. I don't think it's appropriate -- usually I'm pretty straightforward about

things, but I don't think it's appropriate for me to comment on something that I'm not sure that --

where his parents -- I'm not sure of all that right now. Suffice it to say that it's an internal deal in

here, so -- and I know he's in the hospital, and I need to get my arms around that when I walk

out of here.

Q. And then the second straight year that he's gotten injured, actually the same week of

the season, do you feel for the guy, that he's kind of worked so hard and not been able to

finish the season?

STEVE ADDAZIO: Yeah, of course your heart goes on, but you know what, I don't know that

we're dealing with something like we dealt with last year. Last year was a devastating injury that

took damn near a year to get back from. I don't know that we're down that path right now. I don't

know that. But nevertheless, yes, I do feel he prepared his tail off for this game, and I really feel

like we had a great passing game approach for them as they started hunkering down. But they

weren't that hunkered down early in that game. That became a byproduct of where we were.

Yeah, I mean, so many specials that we wanted to get utilized in that, that we had worked on so

hard. I can't even remember with Anthony and how many we got off, if at all one. I don't

remember, when did he go down?

Q. First drive of the game.

STEVE ADDAZIO: It was the first drive?

Q. Yeah.

STEVE ADDAZIO: God almighty

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