NCAA grants Boston College QB Phil Jurkovec eligibility

The wait is finally over for Boston College quarterback Phil Jurkovec. The transfer from Notre Dame was granted immediate eligibility from the NCAA earlier in the week. He is eligible to play three seasons for Boston College.

BC first-year head coach Jeff Hafley recruited Jurkovec from the NCAA transfer portal. Jurkovec enrolled in January and requested a transfer waiver from the NCAA right away. He had to sit tight and wait seven months for his case to be examined but at last, he has received the good news that he (and Boston College) was hoping to hear. With Boston College being in the ACC, they are set to play an 11-game season with 10 of them being conference games.

Jurkovec is a redshirt sophomore from Pittsburgh who will be in the running for the starting job at quarterback, challenging Dennis Grosel. Grosel began the 2019 season as a back-up and filled in as the sarter after Anthony Brown suffered a season-ending knee injury in early October. Grosel went 3-2 in ACC games that he started and finished the season with a loss to Cincinnati in the Birmingham Bowl. Meanwhile, Anthony Brown transferred to Oregon.

Jurkovec was a very promising prospect in high school but he struggled to rise up the depth chart at Notre Dame. He did appear in six games last season, going 12-for-16 for 222 yards and a pair of touchdowns while rushing for 130 yards as well. Jurkovec established himself as a dual-threat quarterback in high school totaling 11,144 yards with 8,202 passing yards and 71 touchdowns. He was especially impressive in his senior year when he threw for 3,669 yards and 39 touchdowns.

After Boston College Football made the move from the Big East to the ACC in 2005, there was success early on but the past decade has been full of disappointment for the most part. Change seemed necessary for the program and with a new head coach in Jeff Hafley and the news coming earlier in the week that Phil Jurkovec will be eligible to play this fall, there is reason for optimism. It would be no surprise if Jurkovec does win the starting job this season and if he is able to regain confidence, we could could see an electric Boston College offense which is something we have not seen in a while with this team.

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