It’s August, and you know what that means: College football kicks off this month.
Boston College will start practice on Monday, preparing for the season opener at Alumni Stadium against Villanova on Aug. 31.
A lot will change between the start of camp and the first game of the season. With a new coaching staff in place, led by Steve Addazio and coordinators Ryan Day and Don Brown, there will be new schemes to look out for and analyze. Familiar players will adapt to unfamiliar roles, and unfamiliar players will step up and become familiar.
There will also be less subtle changes on display.
When the Eagles take the field for the opener, fans will notice one big difference immediately: no names on the backs of the jerseys.
Addazio confirmed during his visit to ESPN headquarters this week that BC will be going “nameless” this season, something he announced in a previous chat on ESPN.com, and explained his reasoning for the decision.
“I just wanted to be a team, want to keep it more team-based than individual-based,” he said. “That was really the mindset there: the team, the team, the team, the team. That’s really what my thought process is.”
According to ESPN.com’s Andrea Adelson, the Eagles will be the only ACC team to go without names on jerseys in 2013. And while that could help them stand out from the crowd with potential recruits, that would at most be a welcome side effect, according to Addazio.
“Our emphasis is we feel we have to be a team,” he said. “You know, everybody is looking for an edge? I think our edge needs to be that, that we’re a team.”
The jerseys won’t be the only sartorial change the new coach makes this season. Addazio also plans to adjust the dress code for team travel, going from shirts and ties to shirts, ties and blazers -- with the team supplying the blazers, which will be emblazoned with the BC logo so there’s no mistaking who the Eagles are when they go on the road.
The new staff will certainly make more impactful changes -- switching to a new offensive system focused on establishing a power run game, and a new, “attack-style” defense; revamping the school’s recruiting efforts.
“Try to squeeze out selfishness, try to be accountable to each other,” Addazio said of the mindset he wants to instill. “Not that having your name on your back means that you’re not. But let’s not call attention to ourselves, but let’s call attention to our football program.”
Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.