On Tuesday we checked in with BC receiver Alex Amidon to get his take on how the Eagles have been progressing this spring under first-year coach Steve Addazio and coordinator Ryan Day. Here is the second part of our conversation:
Are you guys having more fun this year?
Alex Amidon: Definitely. It’s a mix between that and everyone is trying to adapt to the new culture. Practices have been a lot tougher, but they’re also a lot more rewarding and a lot more fun. It’s only going to get better, the more you get used to it and the more people buy in, but it’s definitely already noticeable.
What’s the biggest change Addazio has made?
AA: I’d say the competitive spirit on the team is amped up a lot. It’s just in practices and stuff, that’s noticeable. Everyone is accountable individually for how they compete during practice. That’s something that’s new. He’s changed a lot of things, but I think that’s one thing that’s pretty important.
You had a terrific season last year, obviously, what are you looking to do specifically to get better and what are your individual goals for this season?
AA: Honestly I’m just trying to learn this offense as quickly as I can. I guess the one thing I can work on specifically is running with the ball after the catch. I wasn’t really that great at it last year, and that’s something that can help in this offense, a little more screen game and stuff like that. And then how I fit into the offense, I don’t really care, I just want to be on the field. If Andre is running 30 times a game, I’m going to try to help him get the extra yard and block a safety or something. Whatever the team needs, that’s what I’m trying to do for the season, get us some wins. At this point, I just want to win games.
Just how different is the playbook and how difficult has it been to learn this spring?
AA: For me there’s a couple of things I’ve never done before, but coach Day, the offensive coordinator, he was my receivers coach the first two years I was here.
Right, that’s why I thought it might be a little easier.
AA: It’s not that tough for me right now because all of the terminology is the same, and all of the concepts he’s talking about are the same. I’m just trying to make sure I know everything without having to think about it so I can play faster.
What did you think when you heard that Ryan Day was the guy who was hired as the OC?
AA: I was excited because the stuff he’s interested in in offense is what I’d like to be in, high-tempo. He comes from UNH and Chip Kelly, those are his background, so he has great offensive ideas. I was excited.
How do you feel like you guys are progressing, as far as learning the offense?
AA: It’s going day by day. He’s slowly infusing stuff into the offense. We’re installing stuff a little at a time. I guess after the first week people started getting it. The past two weeks it’s been good. Everyone knows what they’re doing.