Tyler Murphy is a multi-dimensional quarterback with a dual purpose for the Boston College football program. Murphy, a graduate transfer from Florida, is the perfect stopgap quarterback for BC's immediate needs. He has the tools and game experience to keep the Eagles competitive in a transition season while facilitating the development of his potential replacement, freshman Darius Wade.
It's not particularly easy to replace a guy who rushed for 2,177 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2013 and finished fourth in Heisman Trophy voting. To be clear, Boston College won't ask sophomore Myles Willis to do exactly that. Still, for the Eagles to continue making strides in the ACC under second-year coach Steve Addazio, Willis will need to fill NFL-bound running back Andre Williams' shoes as well as he can.
A 6-foot-4, 226-pound product of Skysville, Md., senior Josh Bordner, a quarterback in his first four seasons at Boston College, is excelling in a new position for the Eagles this spring. When BC takes the field for the team's Jay McGillis Memorial Spring Game on Saturday, April 5 at noon, Bordner will be line-up as one of the team's receivers. A versatile athlete who played three years of basketball and baseball at Century High School before enrolling early at Boston College in January 2010, Bordner has since earned his bachelor's degree in human development from the Lynch School of Education and is currently enrolled in the Carroll Graduate School of Management pursuing an MBA.
"It's as young a team, with Thatcher back there, as I've ever brought to the Frozen Four," said BC coach Jerry York during yesterday's NCAA teleconference. "It's a long, hard road to get here coming out of Hockey East and the (Northeast) Regional. I'm proud of our club. It's something that just four teams are still standing in the country, and it's a proud accomplishment for all four institutions."
Boston College junior forward Johnny Gaudreau won the Leonard Fowle Award as New England's most valuable player along with the Herb Gallagher Award as its best forward according to an announcement made by the New England Hockey Writers' Association on Wednesday.
Junior forward Johnny Gaudreau has been named one of three Hobey Baker Award Hat Trick finalists according to the committee's announcement on Wednesday morning. April 2. This marks the second consecutive year Gaudreau has earned this distinction as the junior forward was runner-up for the Hobey Baker Award in 2013.
"Wherever NHL franchises have been planted, it seems to have spawned a development of youth hockey," York was saying yesterday by phone. "So you're growing up in Phoenix and you're looking at the Coyotes play. Maybe 15 years ago, you would have been a point guard in basketball or a quarterback in football. Now the game's there and you end up a left wing. "It's really an interesting dynamic. And it's great to see from our perspective."
Junior Mikaela Rix led the Eagles with four points on three goals and an assist as the No. 5 lacrosse team defeated Holy Cross, 11-5, on Wednesday evening at the Newton Lacrosse Field.