CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – BC returned to the practice field in full pads Tuesday with the first of two practices this week before Saturday’s Jay McGillis Memorial Spring Game inside Alumni Stadium.
Saturday’s spring game will be the first in front of any fans inside Alumni Stadium since 2019 as the parents of student-athletes will be permitted to attend. The game will be televised live on ACC Network to a national audience.
The spring game will feature live interviews in-game from head coach Jeff Hafley along with student-athletes playing in the game.
Here are some notes and observations from Tuesday’s practice:
Redshirt junior tight end Joey Luchetti missed all of last season due to injury, but the Wayland, Mass., native looks to be in line to be a major contributor at tight end for the Eagles in 2021. Luchetti has been one of the most physical blockers at the position all spring … spring practice continues to allow for the coaches to roll out a ton of different players with the first-team units, but on defense Tuesday true freshman defensive end Donovan Ezeiruaku and true freshman safety Shawn Asbury II got a look with the first-team unit. Both freshmen are part of a promising mid-year group of 12 early enrollees … linebacker Bryce Steele is another true freshman who has opened some eyes with his play so far in Chestnut Hill … senior Zion Johnson returned for his fifth year despite being one of Mel Kiper’s top guard prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft. The Maryland product has shown off his versatility lining up at guard, tackle, and even taking some snaps at center. Johnson should be a prime candidate for Preseason All-America accolades on the offensive line when the summer preview magazines coming out in June and one of the top offensive line prospects nationally in the 2022 NFL Draft … Ezechiel Tiede hails from Lachine, Quebec, and played quarterback at St. Paul’s in high school, but the redshirt junior is starting to come into his own at wide receiver this spring. At 6’2” and 205 pounds, he has an excellent frame at the position and runs well. Tiede has been on the receiving end of several big plays from quarterback Phil Jurkovec and appears to be another promising target in a loaded wide receivers room … redshirt sophomore Jack Conley has shown versatility lining up at both tackle spots this spring on the offensive line and is developing into a player who could be counted on for playing time in 2021 … Temple transfer defensive tackle Khris Banks had a TFL and recovered a fumble during team periods on Tuesday … Jurkovec showed off his athleticism with a quarterback keeper for a long run on Tuesday … redshirt freshman running back Andre Hines also ripped off a first-down run during team periods … junior Shitta Sillah recorded another would-be sack if the quarterbacks were live Tuesday along with graduate student Chibueze Onwuka … Zay Flowers showed his ability to take the top off the defense with two long receptions on Tuesday.
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