4 takeaways as BC football caps spring, look forward to the season

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A healthy Phil Jarkovec is ready for a big year.

Phil Jurkovec is back for another season with the Eagles. Michael Dwyer/AP Photo

In a disappointing 6-6 season marred by injuries and filled with “what-ifs”, the Greeley Tribune college football team is still looking for its first eight-win campaign since 2009.

Vulture The first one to accept last year didn’t go according to plan. With most of their core backs including standout quarterback Phil Jarkovec and elite wide receiver Zay Flowers, they hope to eventually make the leap they have collectively coveted for quite some time.

Joy Luchetti said, “The year hasn’t been the way we wanted it to be last year, and everyone knows it.” “Everyone knows we have a lot more talent than the record shown. It is never an issue of confidence. We are all really confident here. ,

BC held 14 spring drills and kicked off the action with the Jay McGillis Memorial Spring Game at Alumni Stadium on Saturday. For those keeping score at home, Team Greeley Tribune beat Team Eagles 22–10, in a game that provided a small window into what this team might look like next season.

Here’s a look at how spring unfolded and what to expect next:

Phil Jurkovic looks healthy.

Jarkovec, who broke his throwing arm in the second game of the season against UMass, appeared in only six out of 12 games and hasn’t fully regained his pace since 2020.

“Last year was a lost season,” Jarkovec said. “That’s how I look at it. I came back for the last few games, but I wasn’t really 100 percent. I’m looking forward to this year and finding success again.”

He looked smooth and comfortable in the spring game, finding Xavier Coleman for a 47-yard touchdown in the first quarter and making several other strong throws. All Spring Game performances should be taken lightly, but the performance was largely encouraging. If he stays healthy, Jurkovic has a chance to be one of the better quarterbacks in the country.

Head coach Jeff Halfley credits Redshirt Sr. for becoming even more of a leader this season. Jarkovec said he knew he would have a chance to be drafted, but he wanted to come back for another year to get better, gain more experience, and on a high note after a disappointing stretch. wanted to go

“I think it inspired him,” Hafley said. “I hope it does. In the first quarter of that second game, when he got hurt, he wasn’t 100 percent there for the rest of the season. To make another fresh start and stay healthy, I think excited him.” should be.”

There are many elite weapons around him.

Jarkovec has many weapons to throw, with flowers, who took 44 catches for 746 yards and five touchdowns a season earlier. Hafley, new offensive coordinator John McNulty, Jarkovec, and of course Flowers himself all believe the number could be even higher.

McNulty has made it clear that the players are more important than the plan, and he wants to do everything in his power to get the ball to Flowers and let it run wild.

Jalen Gill, Jaden Williams, Tazi Johnson, Lewis Bond, Dante Reynolds, and Dino Tomlin (yes, Mike Tomlin’s son), among others, will also be in the mix at wide receiver. Luchetti, Notre Dame transfer Jorge Tackax, and Spencer Witter should contribute in the tight end.

Pat Garvo, who ran more than 1,000 yards last year, returns as one of the best backs in the ACC, and will be joined by Alec Sinkfield and Coleman. The Eagles, who play yards per game (350) in the ACC and . ranked last in 11th in points per game (24.7) There is a chance to prove that this was a fluke and injury-based.

“I feel like me and Phil, and the whole offense, didn’t get to show what we really could do,” Flowers said on ACC Network broadcast Spring game. “It makes us even more hungry this year to come out and put on a show for everyone and show that we are more than just an average team.”

The offensive line is eager to prove it belongs.

One area for the Eagles to watch is their offensive line, as they lose potential first-rounder Zion Johnson and extremely reliable starters Alec Lindstrom, Ben Petrula and Tyler Wrabel.

The only returning full-time starter is Christian Mahogany, who is happily taking the lead role over a relatively inexperienced unit eager to earn the respect. Fellow linesman Jack Conley said he believed Mahogany to be the best defender in the country and “you’d think he’s a foreigner” based on how well he runs from point A to point B.

Don’t expect him to score a touchdown and celebrate the keg stand in every game—which was probably a one-time deal in the Spring game—but do expect him to make life extremely difficult for other teams.

“I think Christian will be one of the best offensive linemen in the whole country next year,” Hafley said. “I’m really excited for this. He’s taken on some leadership roles, which is nice to see. A lot of the big guys in that room who walked in were the leaders, and now it’s their turn.”

Led by enthusiastic first-year offensive line coach Dave Deguglielmo, the Eagles will rely on Redshirt sophomore Ozzy Trappillo, Redshirt Senior Finn Durstein, Redshirt freshman Drew Kendall, Redshirt Junior Mahogany and Redshirt Junior Jack Connelly.

“Many people doubt us as a group of five,” Conley said. “They say we’re not going to be the same. We think we’re going to be better. There’s no reason we can’t be the best O-Line in America. There isn’t one. We have all the pieces.” .

The defense returns a lot of playwrights.

Eagles, who had allowed so far Lowest passing yards (173.5) And the third-lowest point in the ACC last season (22.2), a number of prominent returners on the defensive side of the ball.

Hafley, a secondary specialist, has helped the Eagles bloom in that area into one of the best in the country. Defensive backs Josh DeBerry, Jaden Woodbay, CJ Burton, Jason Maitre and Elijah Jones all have plenty of experience and should be one of the better groups in the country. They proudly call the secondary a “jungle”.

“It gets dangerous in the woods,” Woodbe said on Saturday. “You have to be careful where you go in the woods. There are a lot of animals. We all just have to be animals on the field. And I feel like, that forest, I feel like we embody that.”

With defensive end Marcus Valdez, defensive tackle Chibuez Onwuka, defensive tackle Cam Horsley, defensive end Shitta Sillah, linebacker Kam Arnold, linebacker Vinnie DePalma, and linebacker Bryce Steele all part of the equation, the Eagles have all the experience. Other names to know include Donovan Eziruaku, Izaiya Henderson, Khris Banks, Ty Clemons, Neto Okpala, Jaylen Blackwell and Amari Jackson.

They will miss Brandon Sebastian, Mike Palmer, Isaiah Graham-Mobley and Brandon Barlow, but they believe they have the pieces to fill the void.

“Many people who are turning themselves into vets are younger people,” Eziruaku said. “this is happening.”

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