It's been a much quieter college football awards offseason for the Eagles than it was a season ago. Still, a pair of Eagles did bring home some regional awards on Monday.
Boston College quarterback Tyler Murphy was named the Connecticut Player of the Year by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, awarded annually to the top college football player who is a resident and/or played scholastically in the state of Connecticut.
The dual-threat quarterback heads into the Pinstripe Bowl matchup with Penn State having rolled up 1,079 yards in 12 games on the ground and throwing for 1,526 yards and 11 touchdowns on 120-of-211 passing. Murphy broke both the ACC quarterback rushing record and the school's career quarterback rushing yards record. He needed just nine games to break the school's QB rushing mark set by Doug Flutie (939 yards). Murphy rushed for 100 yards or more four times in 2014, becoming the first BC QB to rush for 100 yards or more in a single game.
Murphy is the third Boston College player to earn the Connecticut Player of the Year award, joining Bill Romanowski (1987) and Kevin Pierre-Louis (2013). Addazio's Eagles program is now 2-for-2 winning the Walter Camp Foundation's highest individual honor for the Nutmeg State. That's probably not a coincidence.
The Eagles' signal-caller will be recognized at the Walter Camp national awards banquet on January 17 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven, Conn.
Another big part of the Eagles' prolific rushing attack, freshman running back Jon Hilliman, was named a co-recipient of the ECAC Rookie of the Year award. Hilliman is joined by Virginia freshman defensive back Quin Blanding as co-Rookie of the Year.
Hilliman rushed for 712 yards and 12 touchdowns in his freshman campaign, earning All-ACC third-team honors from the coaches in the process. He's tied for second in the ACC for rushing touchdowns.
The freshman from Plainfield, New Jersey will be honored at the ECAC's Annual Eastern College Football Awards and Lambert Meadowlands Awards Banquet on February 19 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Hopefully that's not the only piece of hardware the program will pick up at the banquet.