I feel like Athlon Sports historically underrates Boston College players and teams quite a bit, but hey, football preview content!:
11. Tyler Murphy, Boston College (SR) Steve Addazio has plenty of work ahead this offseason as he hopes to get Boston College in another bowl game in 2014. Rebuilding the offense is the top priority this spring with the departures of quarterback Chase Rettig, running back Andre Williams and receiver Alex Amidon. Murphy transferred from Florida at the end of the 2013 season and is eligible to play immediately for the Eagles. Last season, Murphy threw for 1,216 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for three scores. The Connecticut native is a solid option for Addazio, especially until freshman Darius Wade is ready to take the No. 1 spot. Don't expect huge numbers, but Murphy should be a solid starter for Boston College in 2014.
I would say that this is all pretty accurate. We'll see if the 11 ranking for Murphy ends up being accurate, too. Jameis Winston is ranked #1, naturally.
In recruiting news, AJ had you covered on Jordan Gowins committing to BC back on April 4; multiple press outlets officially reported the news yesterday, including Newsday.
At 6-1, 215, he runs with speed and power that produced 2,012 yards and 24 touchdowns for the Friars, last year's CHSFL champions. "If you're a running back, it's a good place to go, a perfect fit. He should be successful there," Reichert said. "Academically, you can't find a better place. And they're a downhill power running team with three tights. They let the back see things and run the ball."
Q. I don't hear Andre Williams' name mentioned in any of the Patriots draft comments. He is big, strong, a good blocker and has decent speed. Is there something we don't know about him? -- Sherman S. (Jamaica Plain, Mass.)
A. Sherman, the one knock that analysts have mentioned about Williams is that he isn't great in the passing game. But I wouldn't have put Stevan Ridley or LeGarrette Blount in that category, either, so I don't think it's a make-or-break type deal. Williams has the intangibles any team would look for, not to mention the production. If it's the late third round or into the fourth round and he's still there, I think that's a solid consideration.
Excuse Freese if he can't immediately recall the last time he's missed a field goal. The nation's top field-goal kicker made all 20 of his attempts last season, including six from 40-plus yards and two from beyond 50 yards.
"BC is the biggest home game in the history of UMass football," Whipple says of the season opener four months away against Boston College during a midday break from a routine that includes early-morning film sessions, staff meetings, a walkthrough, another staff meeting, compliance office meetings, media obligations, an academic meeting, a tour of the new facility and finally a night practice inside McGuirk Stadium at 7:45.
HD says: Not gonna happen.
Place your wagers now!
Junior Johnny Gaudreau (men's hockey) and freshman Jordan Weed (softball) have been named Eagles of the Week.
I guess when you win a major award, score in an NHL game, and fly back to attend Monday classes, you get to be Eagle of the Week.
The Eagles lose their entire vaunted first line, but as has become customary in Chestnut Hill, a new crop of blue chip recruits enter, led by Noah Hanifin and Sonny Milano.
9. Winnipeg Jets: Alex Tuch, wing/centre, NTDP-18 (USA) - The Jets filled their blueline cupboard in the past two drafts by investing their first-round picks on former University of Michigan star Jacob Trouba and Prince Albert Raiders captain Josh Morrissey. Therefore, now is the time to add a high-end forward such as Tuch to their future offensive core. The 6-foot-3, 216-pound Tuch, who's committed to Boston College, uses his big frame to protect the puck well and is an above-average skater. He could be a good fit to ride shotgun with Mark Scheifele.