Next week we roll into the month of August, and with that summer camp begins across the college football landscape. At Boston College, the first week in August is when the fun begins. Before it was time to break out the pads, coach Jeff Hafley made a trip down south aways to talk up Eagles football. Two guys he has spent some time on are both members of the offense. Running back Pat Garwo and wide receiver Zay Flowers find themselves on watch lists to begin camp. Garwo is on the preseason Doak Walker list, while Flowers is on the Biletnikoff watch list.
Pat Garwo is a red-shirt junior running back who ran for 1.045 yards and seven touchdowns last year for the Eagles. He averaged 5.1 yards a carry and earned second team All-ACC. He became the 19th Eagle to surpass 1,000 yards on the ground and the 24th overall to have a 1,000 yard season. He finished 2021 with four-100 yards games. Garwo started last season as a backup running back but by week three things changed. That’s because a week earlier at Massachusetts, Garwo came off the bench and ran for 160 yards on just 15 carries. A week-later against Missouri, Pat ran for a season-high 175 yards in helping Boston College to a win over the Tigers.
Summer camp will be rather important for Garwo because the offensive line will be learning new ways of doing things. Last season offensive line coach Matt Applebaum left the heights to take an NFL job with the Miami Dolphins. His replacement, Dave DeGuglielmo, now has the task of getting this line up to speed with how he wants to do things in the running game.
Wide out Zay Flowers is making his second straight appearance on the Biletnikoff preseason watch list. In 2021, Flowers had 44 receptions for 746 yards and five touchdowns. He averaged 17 yards a catch a season ago. As he begins what could be his final season on Chestnut Hill, Flowers has 122 career catches which ranks him 12th all-time at the school. Flowers is tenth in receiving yards with 1,979 yards. Zay’s best season was his sophomore year when he had career-highs in receptions with 56, yards 892, and touchdowns with nine. Flowers was a first team All-ACC in 2020 and a third team selection in 2021.
With these players being named to these preseason lists, the Eagles are one of three ACC schools to have a player on each list. Thwy are also one of 13 Power-Five schools to have one on each list, and one of 20 schools across the country to have a player on each list. Both players will have important roles on offense for Boston College this upcoming fall.
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