Time is of the essence for the Eagles this week.
First down: By the time Boston College coach Steve Addazio met with the media for his weekly Monday session at around 1 p.m. ET, the Eagles already had completed two practices (one in full pads) in preparation for Friday night’s nationally televised matchup with Pittsburgh at Alumni Stadium (7 ET on ESPN).
And it still hadn’t been 48 hours since they kicked off their season against UMass at 3 o’clock Saturday at Gillette Stadium.
“The offense played darn near 90 plays and they were in a real physical contest,” Addazio said in his news conference, which was streamed live via the Eagles’ website. “We’re pretty sore and beat up a little bit up front. So that’s the challenge today. Our kids responded well. But we’ve got to get our team feeling good in a very short turnaround week.
“The [Panthers] have the same short turnaround, but I’m not sure they were in the same style of game as we were. And our game was late. So we got home 8 o’clock at night, we’re back in yesterday, we’re in full pads this morning. Bang-bang. That’s challenging. That concerns me. And as I told our team, we’ve got to handle this well.”
Second down: Part of handling it will be adjusting to injuries.
Starting right guard Harris Williams, who left the UMass game in the first quarter and didn’t return, had surgery on his injured right ankle and will be out six to eight weeks, according to Addazio.
“Harris is going to be fine. Harris will be back this season,” he said. “Any injury is serious, it’s got a time factor to it but he’ll be back 100 percent.”
Aaron Kramer replaced Williams against UMass, and will start against Pittsburgh on Friday night.
“Aaron is ready to play. Aaron has really prepared and he’s going to do a great job,” Addazio said. “I’ve got all the confidence in the world in him. Obviously it’s a hit from a depth standpoint -- Harris is a veteran player, but we’ll be able to keep going strong.”
Third down: Addazio was pleased with the team’s performance in the running game against UMass, when the Eagles ran the ball 61 times for 338 yards and two TDs.
“We ran the ball really well,” he said. “We ran a variety of different plays, from shotgun, perimeter plays to two-back power, inside plays. We had a wide variety of running plays. We’re ahead of where we were a year ago running the football, at least schematically. We’re playing a lot of backs. We don’t have that one power back yet, although I thought you saw the development of some young players that have that capability, but I’m pretty pleased with that piece.”
Quarterback Tyler Murphy led all rushers with 118 yards on 13 carries, and was followed by Tyler Rouse (19 carries for 87 yards), Myles Willis (16 carries for 57 yards) and freshmen Jon Hilliman (9 carries for 43 yards), Sherman Alston (two carries for 30 yards, on jet sweeps) and Marcus Outlow (2 carries for 3 yards).
Pittsburgh, meanwhile, gave up just 26 yards rushing in a 62-0 thrashing of Delaware in Week 1. And it wasn’t a case of Delaware completely abandoning the run when it was down big, as the Fightin’ Blue Hens rushed the ball 30 times in the game and threw it just 16 times.
Out: It’s got nothing to do with BC football, but couldn’t resist passing along this piece of good news:
— Brad Bates (@BCBradBates) September 1, 2014
No word on when the little one will issue her first ice bucket challenge.
Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.