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Zay Flowers blooming at Boston College into one of ACC’s best receivers

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BOSTON – B Zai Flowersunfinished business means earning a degree from Boston College and more.

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“Win the division, go the right way,” the BC wide receiver said after the Eagles opened training camp on a hot afternoon in Chestnut Hill. “I feel like we can be one of the best in the ACC.”

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After leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2020 with nine touchdowns and 56 passes for 892 yards, Flowers had a solid junior year last season with 44 receptions for 746 yards and five touchdowns. During the off-season, he considered transferring to a school where name, image, and likeness funding could be more lucrative, but he decided to stay in British Columbia.

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Flowers, one of 14 children of a widowed father, said he would be the first in his family to graduate. His father supported Flowers’ decision to return to British Columbia, although the recipient could potentially earn more NILs at other schools – reportedly up to $600,000.

A big reason for Flowers’ confidence is the BC quarterback. Phil Yurkovets, who is healthy again after playing just six games last season with a broken bone in his throwing hand. Yurkovec completed 8 of 17 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown in Boston College’s spring game.

“I just feel good going into the season and I feel like I’m going to do a lot of important things,” Flowers said.

Flowers said he worked on treadmills during the summer, making controversial catches and maintaining his strength and speed. Jaylen Gill as well as Jaden Williams offer Jurkovec other options on the outbound and transfer of Notre Dame George Takach he is expected to be a big target in the tight end.

“Zai is the best receiver in the country in my opinion,” said Gill, who missed the start of last season with a stress fracture and finished with 24 catches for 269 yards. “I think we all have our own unique style of play. We all play more than we are. So I think we all complement each other very well.”

If Yurkovec can stay healthy — something he didn’t manage to do in his first two years with the Heights — Boston College could make a big jump, finishing 6-6 in each of the coaches. Jeff Hafleythe first two seasons. In both of these years, Boston College was eligible for the bowl game, but withdrew.

Goal: Win the Atlantic Division, finishing last in 2021.

“The urgency has always been the same,” Hafley said. “Do I have a little more advantage because I’m still a little angry about how things went (last year)? Yes I. But the urgency is the same. Similar. So maybe you just see me as a different advantage, and maybe you see that I’m just more comfortable being the head coach and being who I am.”



Source: collegefootball.nbcsports.com

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