We have reached the point of summer camp where looking ahead to your opening game is on the minds of everyone. For the Boston College Eagles, that first opponent is Rutgers at Alumni Stadium on Sept.3. It also means that the Eagles are just about ready to break camp, and get into the routine of preparing for their week to week matchups. One more week of summer camp is all that separates them from getting the 2022 season underway.
The final week of camp could be the most important week, why? Because roles on both sides of the ball should be defined. Depth charts must be finalized, special teams units are in place, and maybe the most difficult part, who may get redshirted and wait until next summer. So far, camp for head coach Jeff Haffey has gone well and no major issues have popped up. For a team that is trying to establish itself as one to pay attention to, all of this is good news.
The third week of camp was spent inside their practice facility Fish Fieldhouse. The Eagles worked in some situations. The 2-minute drill was first on the do list, with both the offense and defense having moments to be pleased about. The two-point conversion also received some attention, as quarterback Phil Jurkovex hooked up with wide receiver Zay Flowers short of the goal line. Flowers then muscled his way into the endzone for the conversation. It was a big practice for the two main cogs of the offense. Earlier in the session, they teamed up for a 45-yard score. The running game also got some work in. Alex Sinkfield is one of those backs that look good. On defense, Marcus Valdez registered a couple of stacks, one on a goal-line stand, the other on a two-point try.
As the week moved along, the WRs and DBs worked on one-on-one situations. Goal to go also got some attention. On Sunday morning a scrimmage was held, this one had the coaches in the press box for the first time. The coaches continue getting the team ready for the real thing in two weeks. Field goal kicking, which has been a sore spot in the past for Boston College, came through as Connor Lytton knocked one through from 25 yards out. Later in the scrimmage, Lytton hit one from 42-yards out. More of that this fall would be a welcome sight. Sunday morning was more about giving everyone time on the field. The first team faced each other, and the second and third teams did the same.
Fine-tuning may very well be the theme of what is left of camp. That and staying away from injuries. So far the Eagles have stayed away from players getting hurt. With a little more than a week to go, let’s hope that does not change. BC will have two conference road games in the month of September, Virginia Tech and Florida State. This will offset the non-conference home tilts of Rutgers and Maine. Having everybody available to get the season off to a good start will be key