April 24, 2014

Football Notebook

Tyler Murphy, Darius Wade, and James Walsh entered the spring practice in a true quarterback competition. While each quarterback had different positive skill sets that were on display it was Murphy who consistently showed the most on the practice field each day. Steve Addazio confirmed with the media on Wednesday that Murphy would be his quarterback quarterback heading into summer camp.

"Tyler [Murphy] established himself as the starter. He's a veteran guy. He's a guy that has been in the heat of the battle. He has a lot of experience and has tremendous pocket presence. He throws the ball well. He's obviously very dynamic with his feet, and we felt great about his spring. James Walsh continued to grow as a redshirt sophomore and Darius [Wade] is a really talented, young player who came here mid-semester. We just think his future here is outstanding. He'll be a guy that will be able to contribute this year for us. He's got a great future and he's a heck of a player. So, we feel really good at the quarterback position," said Addazio.

Murphy showed flashes in spring ball that he can be the prototypical quarterback that Addazio and Ryan Day want in their offense. Murphy showed the ability to escape the pocked while under pressure and run some read-option plays that weren't in BC's playbook last season. The biggest thing standing out from Murphy right now is his presence in the pocket and feel for when the pass rush is truly coming at him.

Old Face Back?

Adam Kurkjian of the Boston Herald reported this week that former BC WR Shakim Phillips was back on campus. Later in the day, UConn coach Bob Diaco confirmed that Phillips was no longer with the team, which immediately started speculation that Phillips could be headed back to the Heights as a 5th year senior.

A source confirmed with EagleAction on Wednesday that while Phiilips is not with the Huskies football team he is still enrolled in classes in Storrs. Phillips is in the process of trying to complete his requirements for graduation by the end of the summer semester. If Phillips can do it, he would be able to transfer to BC and be eligible for the 2014 season.

In six games last season Phillips caught 28 passes for 406 yards. The receiver looked to be headed towards an All-Conference type of season after grabbing 5 receptions for 77 yards and 2 touchdowns against Towson, and then 10 receptions for 178 yards and a touchdown against Maryland. However, Phillips suffered a hamstring injury towards the end of the Maryland game which kept him out of the lineup for the next three games. Phillips returned to suit up in five straight games during the middle of the season, but missed the last two games with an ankle injury.

The addition of Phillips would be a huge lift for the depleted BC wide receiver group. The Eagles entered spring ball with the wide receiver position as a major concern and thing's didn't improve after projected starter Harrison Jackson tore his ACL during spring practice.

"It was a freak accident," said Jackson of the ACL injury. "I was running a football route and just cut in and it happened. I'm just taking it day-by-day trying to have a positive attitude."

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