Jay McGillis

BC Ends Spring Football With Annual Jay McGillis Memorial Spring Game

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On April 13 the Boston College Eagles football team ended spring football with the annual Jay McGillis Memorial Spring game. In the past, this game became nothing more than a scrimmage for players who are looking for more of a role entering into summer camp. This year’s games were a little different. First, a new head coach was on the sidelines. Bill O’Brien ran his first spring game at BC. Second, the stands, which are usually empty for this exercise, had plenty of fans in the seats. No doubt, they were there to see what kind of football team the Eagles could be when the season gets started on Labor Day night.

The game is played each year in memory of Jay McGillis, a starting defensive back for the Eagles. He passed away in 1992 of Leukemia. The spring game has been played in his name ever since. At halftime of the game, a team member receives the Jay McGillis Memorial Scholarship. This year, that went to redshirt junior Bugg Jones a defensive back, who played in five games mostly on special teams a season ago.

As for the game itself, the depth of the team was on display. The two quarterbacks who took the majority of the snaps played well. Grayson Jones transferred in from Florida International University and threw for 228 yards and two touchdowns on 21-of-29 passing. Maybe his best throw of the day was a 40-yard touchdown pass down the left side to Reed Harris, a redshirt freshman from Great Falls, Mountain. who did not play an offensive snap for BC last fall. The Eagles QB from a season ago, Thomas Castellanos picked up where he left off in the fall. He threw for 127 yards and ran for another 30. He would be involved in four touchdowns. He would throw two touchdown passes. One to Jeremiah Franklin of four yards. Then with 55 seconds on the clock and 50 yards to go, Castellanos took the offense down the field by completing three passes, including a 20-yarder to Jaedn Skeete. He is a sophomore from Hyde Park, Ma. who did not see any time with the team last fall. Both Anthony Ferrucci and Luke McLaughlin both had seven catches on the day.

On defense, the front seven had their moments in the game. They recorded six sacks in the first half and nine for the game. Donovan Ezeiruaku, a senior, and Edwin Kolenge a redshirt sophomore had two sacks apiece. Jones, Siona Hala, and Bryquice Brown, a graduate student who came to BC from Georgia State, each had an interception. Brown and Hala led the defensive unit with six tackles. They ended the day with 14 tackles for losses, Ezeiruaku, Hala, and Kolenge each with two. Hala and Daveon Crouch, a junior from Tampa, Fla. made their point in helping the defense in goal-line stands making plays in the offensive backfield. On special teams, placekicker Luca Lombardo knocked home a FG from 50 yards out. That made FG might have led to last fall PK Connor Lytton entering the transfer portal after the game was completed.

As has been the case the last few years, the Eagles will be busy in the first month of the season. They will play five games starting on Labor Day night in Tallahassee, Florida vs the Florida State Seminoles. They will also play both Missouri on the road and Michigan State at home in September. Later on in the fall, the Eagles will meet the team they defeated in the Fenway Bowl. They will make the trip to Dallas, Texas to play SMU on November 16. It should be an interesting year under head coach Bill O’Brien. It will get started in August when summer camp begins.

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