The Eagles’ season is fast approaching as the countdown to kickoff nears its end. The young and inexperienced team is still making adjustments to make sure they have the top players on the field.
In a press conference on Monday Coach Addazio said the young but talented team has shown flashes of success.
“Sometimes you may have a tendency to take a step forward," Addazio said. "Then a couple back, and all of a sudden three more for back. But it’s a journey, it’s exciting and it’s fun. The team has looked good at times. All three phases have looked good at different times. The goal is to get all three looking good at the same time and firing together, which is our goal."
The Eagles have been practicing for weeks and during that time Addazio has spent a lot of time with the offensive line, as they replace all five starters. Overall the third year coach has seen improvement, but there have been roadblocks along the way.
The injury bug has come to town of late as three key cogs in the offense will be out for a significant time. Wide receiver Ben Glines is out for 6-8 weeks with an undisclosed injury. Tight end Chris Garrison had surgery on his hand on Sunday and is expected to return in 6-8 weeks. Mike Giacone will be out for the season with a lower leg injury. The tight end was looked at as a leader on the field for the young team and started eight games last season.
“It is a real tough loss for us and for him,” said Addazio. “He is a great kid and one of the truly great kids in our program who was looking forward to this season.”
Looking ahead to Saturday's contest against The University of Maine, Addazio credited the Black Bears with being one of the steadiest teams in the FCS. On paper the Eagles are the better team and as long as the rookies stay composed under the pressure and stick to the fundamental plays the Eagles should come out the win on Saturday afternoon.