BOSTON – Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Awards Committee Chairman Tim Whelan and President Cheryl Duddy Schoenfeld today announced that Boston College redshirt junior tight end Hunter Long is the winner of the 82nd Bulger Lowe Award as New England’s best collegiate player.
Long caught 57 passes in 2020 to lead all tight ends in the country in that category. His 685 yards receiving placed him second in the nation. He also caught five touchdown passes.
The Football Writers’ Association of America, the Associated Press, the Sporting News, CBS Sports, and The Athletic all made Long a Second Team All-America pick. The last Boston College player to be named All-America by the FWAA, AP, and Sporting News in the same year was Luke Kuechly in 2011.
“This has been an extraordinarily difficult year for all of us, including the football community. We honor the best at all levels, and it just wasn’t possible to do that this past season. But in the case of Hunter Long, it was an easy call for our committee. We’re pleased that we can maintain the 82-year tradition of the Bulger Lowe Award, thanks to Hunter’s extraordinary performance,” said Whelan.
“In most cases, our awards committee evaluates the season’s award candidates on the basis of competition in New England,” added Duddy Schoenfeld. “But even though our local season was largely wiped out due to the pandemic, Hunter Long was able to excel on the national stage. He was not only the best player in New England; he was one of the best in the entire country.”
For his career, Long finished second in Boston College single-season history for receptions by a tight end, trailing only Mitchell’s 66 receptions in 1993. Over three seasons, he had a total of 89 receptions for 1,297 yards and nine touchdowns. He has decided to forgo his final year of college eligibility and will make himself available for the National Football League draft.
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