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Boston College quarterback receives NCAA eligibility waiver for 2020 season

Phil Jurkovec transferred to Boston College last January and will have three seasons of eligibility. (Courtesy: philjurkovec/Instagram)

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (BVM) — Boston College received some good news earlier this week when recent football transfer, Phil Jurkovec, was granted immediate eligibility for the upcoming season. 

Jurkovec transferred in from Notre Dame where he appeared in six games for the Irish. The quarterback was 12-16 passing on the season for 222 yards and two touchdowns. Jurkovec also ran for 130 yards while averaging 5.9 yards per carry. 

The redshirt sophomore will look to compete for the Eagles’ starting quarterback job with fall camp coming up. Jurkovec shared some of his feelings about the recent eligibility news on The Perch Podcast.

“I’m kind of giddy at this point,” Jurkovec said. “I’m so excited for everything that is going on. Getting the waiver cleared really felt like a weight off my chest. The fact that we’re going into fall camp after all the uncertainty of it, the past months being back home, being able to now go into fall camp and this is one of the best parts of the year when everybody’s gearing up. It’s August, it’s hot, it’s going to be a grind, but it’s going to be awesome whenever we come together.”

After transferring back in January, the process of obtaining eligibility for the season took some time. 

“I’m not sure about all the details of it,” Jurkovec said. “There was a lot of behind the scenes stuff. It did drag on and it was there for a while. The last few weeks have been rough. They’ve been stressful just kind of hanging over, so I just feel really relieved now like, it’s done, it’s over with, I’m cleared to play.”

At Notre Dame, Jurkovec redshirted as a true freshman in 2018 and even faced off against Boston College in a Nov. 23, 2019 matchup. 

With the Irish joining the ACC for the 2020 football season, the former Notre Dame quarterback looks forward to the opportunity to play against his former school.

“I have a lot of friends still at Notre Dame, but they have been talking,” Jurkovec said of his former teammates. “Ever since I got to BC and ever since I got the waiver, I’ve heard a lot from them, but no, that’s going to be great. After playing with them for so long and going up against them, it’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m really looking forward to that game.”

Coming out of high school, Jurkovec was one of the top quarterback recruits in the nation. Ranked as the No. 66 player by 247Sports, the Gibsonia, Pa. native recorded  8,202 passing yards and 71 touchdowns in his high school career. 

The Eagles are coming off a 6-7 record in 2019 that saw them go 4-4 in conference play.  The battle for the starting quarterback job will also consist of Dennis Grosel, Sam Johnson III, Matt Valecce, Daelen Menard, Matthew Rueve and Andrew Landry. Jurkovec will likely be the odds on favorite for the starting spot.

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