Flowers, Lindstrom and Johnson acquire preseason first-team accolades
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Athlon Sports activities launched its 2021 Preseason All-ACC groups and 9 Boston Faculty soccer gamers had been chosen, together with three first-team picks.
Junior Zay Flowers was named to Athlon’s All-ACC first-team as a large receiver and all-purpose participant. Two offensive linemen had been additionally tabbed to Athlon’s All-ACC first-team in Alec Lindstrom and Zion Johnson.
Offensive linemen Ben Petrula and Tyler Vrabel had been named to Athlon’s All-ACC second-team whereas defensive lineman Marcus Valdez and punt returner Jaelen Gill had been named to the third workforce.
Quarterback Phil Jurkovec and cornerback Josh DeBerry rounded out the Athlon All-ACC choices on the fourth workforce.
Flowers put collectively top-of-the-line seasons by a BC large receiver ever in 2020. An All-ACC first-team choice, Flowers was simply the second BC large receiver to be named first-team All-ACC at school historical past (Alex Amidon, 2012). He completed 18th nationally and second within the ACC with 892 yards receiving, ranked 26th nationally with 56 receptions and tied for twelfth nationally with 9 landing receptions.
Lindstrom was simply the second Boston Faculty middle to garner All-ACC first-team honors final season, becoming a member of Andy Gallik (2014). He was one in every of three gamers to take all 785 offensive snaps in 2020. He was a part of a unit that began all 11 video games collectively and held up for the third-ranked passing assault within the ACC at 284.2 yards per recreation.
Johnson is coming off a 2020 season through which he was named to the All-ACC third-team at offensive deal with. The Maryland native graded out as BC’s prime offensive lineman in 2020 after transferring from left guard to left deal with within the preseason. BC’s offensive line ranked No. 21 as a gaggle in keeping with Professional Soccer Focus final yr.
In 2020, Petrula was named to the All-ACC second-team for the second time in his profession after incomes second-team accolades at offensive deal with. Petrula performed 778 of 785 offensive snaps (99.1%) in 2020 and was a key a part of an offensive line that allowed simply 2.55 sacks per recreation, which ranked sixth within the ACC.
Vrabel was named All-ACC honorable point out for the second time in his profession as a sophomore. He moved from left deal with, the place he began 13 video games in 2019, to proper deal with in 2020. Vrabel was one in every of three gamers to take all 785 offensive snaps final season as he began all 11 video games for the Eagles.
Valdez began all 11 video games for the Eagles in 2020 at defensive finish. He completed the yr with 37 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, three quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries.
Gill was a starter at large receiver for the Eagles in 2020 and likewise led the workforce in punt returns (8.7 yards per return). In 11 video games with seven begins, Gill completed the yr with 29 receptions for 435 yards and one landing.
Jurkovec was the starter in all 10 video games he performed in at quarterback final yr. His 2,558 passing yards over his first 10 begins had been probably the most by any BC quarterback at school historical past. Jurkovec was the primary participant in BC historical past to whole 4, 300-yard passing video games in his first 5 profession begins at quarterback and the primary BC quarterback with 4 or extra 300-yard video games in a season since Matt Ryan (2007).
The Pittsburgh native completed 26th nationally with 255.8 passing yards per recreation and ended the season finishing 61 p.c of his passes and throwing 18 landing passes (30th nationally). He was second amongst all Boston Faculty quarterbacks since 1996 with 255.8 yards per recreation, trailing solely Matt Ryan’s 321.9 yards per recreation in 2007.
DeBerry had a breakout 20202 marketing campaign and earned All-ACC honorable point out honors for the primary time in his profession. He performed 592 defensive snaps (76.7%) at nook or nickel. He was second on the workforce with six cross breakups and third with 44 tackles. Probably the most disruptive defensive backs within the ACC, DeBerry added two pressured fumbles, one fumble restoration and one interception in 2020.
Boston Faculty returns 20 starters in 2021. The Eagles open the yr on Saturday, Sept. 4 at Alumni Stadium vs. Colgate. Season tickets at the moment are on sale by way of BCEagles.com.