BOSTON ( Associated Press) — For Jay Flowers, unfinished business means getting his degree from Boston College—and more.
“Win the division, get on the right track,” said the BC receiver Friday after the Eagles opened training camp on a blustery day at Chestnut Hill. “I think we can be one of the best in the ACC.”
After leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2020 with nine touchdown catches and grabbing 56 passes for 892 yards, Flowers had a solid junior year last season with 44 receptions for 746 yards and five touchdowns. During the off-season, he toyed with the idea of transferring to a school where money for name, image, and likeness might be more lucrative, but he opted to stay in BC.
One of 14 children of a widowed father, Phool said he would be the first in his family to earn a college degree. His father supported Flower’s decision to return to B.C., even though the receiver could potentially earn more at zero income at other schools—reportedly as much as $600,000.
A big reason for Flowers’ confidence is BC quarterback Phil Jurkovec, who is healthy again with a broken bone in his throwing arm after playing just six games last season. Jarkovec completed 8 of 17 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown in a Boston College Spring game.
“I feel good going into the season and I feel like I’m going to be doing a lot of great things,” Flowers said.
Flowers said he worked on running routes during the summer, taking competitive catches and maintaining his strength and speed. Jalen Gil and Jaden Williams provide Jarkovec other options in the wideout, and Notre Dame transfer Jorge Takacs is expected to be a big target at the tight end.
“In my opinion, Zay is the best receiver in the country,” said Gill, who missed the start of last season due to a stress fracture and finished with 24 catches for 269 yards. “I think we all have, you know, our own unique playing style. We all play older than us. So I think we all really complement each other.”
If Jarkovec can stay healthy—and he hasn’t done so yet in his first two years at the Heights—Boston College could take a big leap after coach Jeff Hafley finished 6-6 in each of the first two seasons. Is. In both of those years, Boston College qualified for a bowl game but opted out.
Goal: To win the Atlantic Division in 2021 after being tied for the last time.
“The urgency has always been the same,” Hafley said. “Do I have a little more edge to me because I’m still a little annoyed with how it went (last year)? Yes I am. But the urgency is the same. Exactly that. So maybe you’ve got a different edge out of me.” Looking at you and you might be feeling more comfortable with me being the head coach and who I am.
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