Wide Receivers & Tight Ends – 2022 Boston College Football Preview

Zay flowers

Zay Flowers will be Boston College’s best pass catcher by a wide margin in the 2022 season. Flowers has led the team in receiving yards and receiving TDs for the past two seasons, and his 746 yards last season more than doubled the closest receiver’s total (Trae Barry, 362). With the return of a healthy Phil Jurkovec for what will hopefully be a full season, Zay Flowers returns for his senior campaign to campaign for a first-round NFL draft pick. His explosive speed and lateral quickness are special in Boston College history, and he could very well be considered the Eagles’ greatest WR of all time.

His connection to Jurk doesn’t need much more analysis than that. We’ve seen it in action and we know it’s dynamite. However, something I’m paying particular attention to this season is the number of touches Zay is getting in the backfield. Flowers had surprisingly low 7 rushes last season despite his explosive play and ability to fight his way up in the open space. Eagles fans should hope that new offensive coordinator John McNulty sees the value in using Zay from the backfield, because when he does, magic can happen:

Other WR

Jaelen Gill is a veteran entering what may be his final season as a Boston College Eagle. Gill arrived as a 2020 transfer from Ohio State and made an immediate impact as a BC’s deep WRs. His role has expanded even further in 2021 and with the addition of CJ Lewis leaving the transfer portal this off-season, Gill is on track to potentially be Jurkovec’s second option in 2022. The former 4-star recruit is a formidable physical threat in infield on an offense that constantly uses deep ball to destroy opposing defenses. This strategy was very successful, with Dennis Grosel or an injured Phil Jurkovec starting in QB (although that didn’t stop them from trying every game), but a perfectly healthy Jurk should have a much easier time delivering strikes to Gil up the field down.

Jaden Williams is a rising star in Boston College’s WR room. The rising sophomore put together a surprisingly solid freshman campaign, securing multiple catches in most games despite the many experienced mouths fed on Boston College’s offense. He finished the 2021 season behind Flowers, Barry and Gill as BC’s WR4 and is ready to take another step in a high-profile offense. Keep an eye on Williams not only for being a potential breakthrough this season, but for being the Boston College WR of the future.

Dino Tomlin, son of Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, made the move from Maryland this offseason and should be an interesting player. He didn’t get much playing time in Maryland at all, but he might be one of the smarter players in the WR space, making a lot of high-level football decisions. Not only is he the son of a great football spirit in the NFL, but what struck me is that his short offer list as a high school recruit included respected academic schools like Brown and Columbia. We don’t know much about what Tomlin is bringing to the table, but it’s promising in that regard.

Other names to keep an eye on are redshirt newcomers Lewis Bond and Dante Reynolds. They both came in as well-regarded recruits, and their roles may expand this season now that their redshirt season is over. The eventual departures of Zay Flowers and Jaelen Gill will leave plenty of room for new receivers to make a difference next year and the 2022 season could bode well for who is ready to step up.

tight ends

There are two or three names to keep an eye on for the TE position in the 2022 season for Boston College:

George Takacs is a transfer from Notre Dame who followed his Fighting Irish TE coach John McNulty to the treble when McNulty was hired as BC’s new offensive coordinator. Takacs didn’t get much playing time at South Bend, appearing in just 9 games in 3 years and hitting 3 receptions in one season. The high school senior came to college as a respected 4-star recruit and certainly has the physical attributes to thrive as a bloodthirsty 6’6″ 247lbs player, particularly as an effective run-blocker on the edge. That he’s behind the 5-star -Student Michael Mayer getting stuck on the Notre Dame roster, including with future NFL starter Cole Kmet, has more to do with his lack of playing time than anything else, look for him to start something in Chestnut Hill right now effect where he will surely get more opportunities.

Joey Luchetti is the mainstay of BC, having worked over the past 4 seasons to earn his place on the starting lineup. After seeing very limited action in his early seasons, Luchetti began to see the field more as a backup for starter Trae Barry in 2021, catching about a pass or two per game. He also played a role as an effective blocker for Patrick Garwo III and other BC RBs, something Trae Barry was less adept at in his year-long stint on the highs. No doubt Luchetti has to fight for the newly opened seed spot, but it would be sweet story if the Massachusetts native played more for his hometown Eagles during his senior season.

Spencer Witter is another New Englander from Connecticut who has been on the Boston College roster for several seasons and is still looking for his big break. Its story is very similar to Luchetti’s, but it’s a year behind him in development. I wouldn’t expect to see a ton of Witter this season, but he could be a surprise factor if his game has developed well behind the scenes.

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