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Boston College tackles job of improving its defensive shortcomings

The improvement the Eagles’ defense has shown through its first five games has been enough for Hafley to start seeing some light.

In 2019, BC’s run defense was 11th in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the pass defense was 14th and dead last. This season, the run defense is 10th, but the pass defense has jumped to fourth best.

“Of course, it’s gonna be a process learning a new defense,” said defensive end Marcus Valdez. “We’ve just been working and we know it’s not going to be easy. We haven’t played our best D yet, and I think when we do play our best, it’s going to be scary.

“We’re in position to make plays right now, but we’re just not making them. So we got to, we got to work on finishing and executing. Defense, we got to execute as a team. And that’s been the focus: execute, finish.”

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’22 WR Ismael Zamor Commits To Boston College

Boston College added to their Class of ’22 today as Everett (MA) wide receiver Ismael Zamor verbally committed to the Eagles. 

Zamor is a 6’1 wide receiver, from Everett High School, a school that has produced Boston College players such as Lukas Denis, Manny Asprilla and Jason Maitre. The junior chose the Eagles over offers from Michigan, Syracuse, Temple and a host of mid major programs. He is considered a three star recruit by 247sports.com. 

BC Bulletin caught up with Zamor shortly after his decision. He gave his rationale on why he chose the Eagles, “It starts with Coach Hafley , he’s changed things around since he’s got there and everyone on the staff are just great people ,and I want to be a part of what they’re building over there at Chestnut Hill!”

This is a big get for the Boston College staff. Zamor is considered the fourth ranked

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Boston College Eagles in the NFL: Week 6

The NFL continued on with their schedule this week, and multiple former Boston College made their way on to the gridiron. Here is how they performed. 

Matt Ryan:  It was a big day for Ryan, who earned his first win of the season. Just a week after the Atlanta Falcons fired both GM Thomas Dmitroff and head coach Dan Quinn, the team looked completely different defeating Minnesota 40-23. Ryan was revitalized, going 30/40 for four touchdowns. 

AJ Dillon: In a game against Tampa Bay that quickly got out of hand in the second half, Dillon got on to the field. He ran the ball five times for 30 yards, and ripped off his longest run of his young career, a twenty yard scamper.

Chris Lindstrom: Started at guard for the Falcons. Atlanta put up 470 yards of offense. 

Justin Simmons: Leader of the Denver defense that flustered a Patriots offense

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Boston College at The “Very Top” for New ’21 OLB/DE Offer Tyeus Clemons

Boston College continued to make a late push in the Class of ’21, offering DE/OLB Tyeus Clemons out of Harvest, Alabama. 

As mentioned in the tweet above, this was the first Power 5 offer for the 6’3 245lb Clemons. However, shortly after his Boston College offer, he received an offer from Tulane. Based on his film he is the type of player that would have blown up at camps, and got more offers, but because of COVID-19 he remained undiscovered until now.  The Eagles staff has been busy of late in Alabama, earlier this month they landed a commitment from Quintayvious Hutchins, a DE/OLB.

BC Bulletin spoke with Clemons about his offer, and where he stands in his recruitment. 

It has been a long wait for Clemons who had to wait until October for a Power 5 offer. But then Boston College came knocking. “Coach Vince (Oghobaase) offered me, he

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JPMorgan Chase gives $7m to career program for Boston Public Schools

For the second time this month, the banking giant JPMorgan Chase & Co. is unveiling a multimillion-dollar grant award that’s aimed, in part, at helping neighborhoods in Boston.

Chief executive Jamie Dimon is scheduled to appear at a virtual event on Tuesday with Governor Charlie Baker to announce $35 million worth of grants to be doled out to career readiness initiatives in five cities. The other four beneficiaries in this round are Dallas, Indianapolis, Nashville, and Columbus, Ohio. These grants are part of a $75 million initiative that the New York company announced in February.

In Boston’s case, the bank is giving $7 million over five years to a program overseen by the local nonprofit EdVestors that will strengthen career and college preparations in the city’s public schools.

EdVestors’ chief executive, Marinell Rousmaniere, said the program will focus on three to five schools, while some of the work will help

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Nearly 2,000 Boston students awaiting special education assessments due to backlog

Nearly 2,000 Boston students are awaiting special education assessments — with some missing out on services completely — due to a backlog caused by the pandemic, and one local parent has been trying to get help for her son since February.

“We’ve gone eight months now without any services and that concerns me because I was happy to get a diagnosis early, but what does it matter if we are not getting anything done about it?” said Amanda Chen, a Boston resident and mother of a 3-year-old special needs son.

Chen is one of 1,792 Boston families waiting on a special education assessment since the start of the school year, according to a Boston Public Schools spokesman.

The assessments, which are necessary to get special education services, came to a halt due to the pandemic on March 17 and restarted in late September.

“I want him to be considered a

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Boston College vs. Clemson: Gametime, TV Announced

The game time for Boston College’s upcoming game against #1 Clemson has been announced. Per the ACC Conference, the two teams will battle at noon on Halloween, October 31, in Death Valley. 

The game will be on ABC, the second time this season the Eagles have been featured on the station. Earlier this year BC played UNC on the station, and lost 26-22. 

This is going to be a monumental feat for the Eagles, who will try to be the first team since 2016 (Pitt) to knock off the Tigers off at home. Currently the Tigers are a perfect 5-0, and are beating opposing teams an average of 48-12. Last weekend Clemson destroyed Georgia Tech 73-7, in one of the most lopsided losses in program history. 

If you follow college football, you know about Clemson’s pedigree. They feature Heisman candidate, and future number one draft pick Trevor Lawrence. The junior,

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Opening Line Set For Boston College and Georgia Tech Game

Boston College returns home on Saturday to face off with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. According to sports betting site Betonline.ag, the opening line favors Boston College at (-3.5). The two teams will battle at Alumni Stadium at 4pm on the ACC Network. 

Georgia Tech (2-3) is coming off a huge loss to Clemson 73-7, one of the biggest defeats in program history. However new head coach Geoff Collins has started to right the ship, grabbing two conference victories against Louisville and Florida State. The team is led by true freshman quarterback Jeff Sims, a dual threat who has been responsible for over 1200 yards of offense so far this season.  The Yellow Jacket defense has allowed 35+ points in three out of their last four games. 

Boston College is currently 3-2 against the spread this year. They have covered against UNC, Duke, and Pitt, but failed to do so

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Boston College vs. Georgia Tech: Weekly Kickoff

Boston College (3-2) returns to Alumni Stadium this Saturday to face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket (2-3). This is an intriguing matchup because the two teams are very similar in where they currently sit as a program. GT is just over a year removed from Paul Johnson and the triple option offense. New head coach Geoff Collins has revamped the offense, led by quarterback Jeff Sims, but there has been a learning curve. While Boston College, and new head coach Jeff Hafley have worked to implement a pro style offense, while leaving the ground and pound offense of Steve Addazio in the rearview. 

The records may favor the Eagles, but don’t let that fool you. Georgia Tech has had a tough schedule to start the season playing Florida State, UCF, Louisville and Clemson. Escaping with a .500 record out of that group is a big feat for a team that

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Virginia Tech 40 Boston College 14: Grading the Game

Boston College got soundly defeated by Virginia Tech on Saturday night 40-14. It was easily the worst game of Jeff Hafley’s young career, and a tough outing for the team. Usually we grade out each player, but it was tough in this game, so we are going to grade each position unit. 

(Because of COVID-19 this evaluation was done using the network TV feed. There certainly were moments the video missed. We did the best we could to evaluate what was visible. Also for grading: A: Great Game, B:Good Game, C: Average Game D: Below Average F: Poor Game)

(Because of COVID-19 this evaluation was done using the network TV feed. There certainly were moments the video missed)

Quarterback: C- This was not the best game in young Phil Jurkovec’s young career. He was able to move the ball effectively through the first three quarters, but made two

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