Scouting Report: Boston College

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Phil Jurkovec is a dangerous quarterback for Boston College. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Julian Benbow, Topic: bcfoot0926



The Eagles run a pro-style scheme with lots of under-center plays, formations with multiple in-line tight ends, and huddling, though against Pitt they used more hurry-up. There’s also a smattering of option in there. Most runs are from under-center. They like to bootleg off full-slide protection, so whoever’s containing the backside for Tech needs to watch for the QB coming back at them; it’ll present a similar problem to how VT’s gotten stretched trying to mind the QB on option runs. BC’s MO seems to be working the underneath and intermediate stuff until they get a feel for the defense, then they start attacking downfield.

They get a lot of press as a pass-first team, and it’s deserved. They’ve had 164 throws/scrambles this season, compared to 117 designed runs. The designed runs aren’t very effective. The lack of option plays isn’t helping, but it’s not like they’re grinding out acceptable four- and five-yard gains consistently with the traditional runs. When they do run, it’s often Split Zone, sometimes with a read element:

Backfield penetration