"When we get to the line of scrimmage, we'll be able to manipulate the defense, rather than vice versa," said Rettig of Doug Martin's system. "It gives me more freedom. I played as a true freshman so I'm sure I was on a tighter leash than most guys, but as my career goes on, I feel that this will be the most trust the coaches have in me. That's what I like about it."
The biggest difference, according to junior wide receiver Bobby Swigert, comes in the pacing. The past two years, Swigert felt like the Eagles emerged from the huddle, set up at the line, and subsequently tried to read the defense. This methodical pace allowed opposing defenses to effectively disguise their blitz packages.
"Right now, it's more like we're going up to the line 100 miles an hour," said Swigert, a projected starter who had 44 catches for 470 yards last season. "We're running this. Stop it if you can. If not? We're going to burn you."
Rettig figures to have an enhanced role in the new schemes, both in the increased number of passing plays and as a leader.
"My big thing is being an extension of coach Martin and being a coach on the field and helping guys," Rettig said. "I think I've gotten used to it pretty well, and the rest of the guys are picking up where we left off in the spring, continuing to get reps, get things stabilized in the back of their heads so when we get on the field it's second nature to them."
The early reports from the coaching staff on Rettig, who threw for 1,960 yards and 12 touchdowns last season and has started BC’s past 20 games, have been overwhelmingly positive.
"First of all, Chase has adapted real well to coach Martin," coach Frank Spaziani said. "He has that experience. He likes everything that we're doing, he and Doug get along real well. Doug is extremely high on his progression since he's gotten here in the spring. We're happy where he's at, he's making good decisions. We think he has the physical skills, and we think we have things in place for him to excel."
As for the expectations coming off a disappointing 4-8 season, Rettig said that 2012 could very well be a defining season for the Eagles, for Spaziani, and for Rettig himself.
"Different pieces of the puzzle have to come connected," he said. "Being the quarterback, you automatically take on such responsibility. I think this is a year that we can grow towards what I wanted to do ever since I committed to BC. I’m just going to prepare as much as I can and put my best foot forward into bringing BC back to the ‘06s, ‘07s, where we were, just getting people excited about Boston College."
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