Happy Thursday and happy Trade Deadline Day. If you happen to follow a professional baseball team that plans on trading pretty much every player on the roster, rest assured that BC football is only a month away.
It's not uncommon for fans to point to the incoming transfer quarterback as the guy who's going to give their program an instant boost once he's on the field. In some cases, like when Russell Wilson led Wisconsin to 11 wins and a Rose Bowl appearance during his five months with the Badgers in 2011, the fans are right. In other scenarios, however, seeing a new transfer player under center makes it clear why that guy wasn't playing at his previous school in the first place.
Obviously, Tyler Murphy is one of the QBs discussed in the article.
Porter, a Massachusetts local from Natick, comes to Amherst by way of Dean College, where he played offensive tackle last season. Prior to that, he spent two seasons at Boston College, redshirting as a freshman in 2011 before flipping from offensive line to tight end because of injury as a redshirt in 2012. Seeking a new path to more playing time, he left for Dean College and eventually committed to UMass while the team was still in the process of hiring a new coach.
This is not to say the Tigers are suddenly just another team in the Atlantic; they're still one of the top teams in the ACC and a class or two ahead of most teams in athleticism and skill. But it's not surprising they were overwhelmingly voted second behind FSU, and it's not all just because FSU is the defending national champs with the reigning Heisman winner. After their September showdown** with the Noles, they'll likely spend the rest of the season playing catch-up and making their case for an at-large selection to a BCS "New Year's Six" bowl.
Taking a look at the 2014 Boston College football schedule, bowl eligibility might not be as difficult a task as it seems, but still far from easy.
Green Hope all-around athlete Bryce Dixon earned his first college offer Tuesday morning. Dixon, a rising junior for the Falcon football team, was offered by Boston College, according to head coach Kwame Dixon. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound prospect spends most of his time at wide receiver and defensive back in Green Hope's offense, though he also shares time at running back.
Isaac MacLeod is awaiting his NHL Free Agency on August 15 after not being signed by the San Jose Sharks:
"I'm confident I'll have somewhere to play next year, I'm not sure where it'll be or what league but I'll be playing (somewhere) even if it's on Tuesday nights in Nelson," MacLeod says jokingly.
"Best case scenario would be attending an NHL camp but I just want to be in a situation that I have a chance to improve and am given an opportunity to perform and play."