Over a dozen players on the 2014 Boston College Eagles will be from New Jersey. Jim Cashman is an offensive lineman from said state, and alphabetically the next featured Eagle in the 114 Days countdown.
By the way, we are 98 days away from kickoff at Gillette Stadium.
Jim Cashman, who to our knowledge is no relation to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman (to the relief of many local readers), was the 2011 Maxwell Football Club New Jersey Football Player of the Year. Considering that high school football in the Garden State more than holds its own in the Northeast, that’s quite an accomplishment. He was also a second-team American as a senior in high school, while earning a number of local and regional honors.
Once a player has been at the school for a while, it’s difficult to forget their offer list. After all, they’re here, and the other schools who offered them scholarships don’t really matter. Jim Cashman’s is only notable in how many names were on it.
ESPN says there were 24, but Rivals says there were at least 27. Of those, ten teams in the ACC as of 2014 had offered him. Being named New Jersey Football Player of the Year must count for something.
Yet, in the here and now, what is important to us is how Cashman will help Boston College win in 2014 and beyond.
Jim Cashman #72: Fast Facts
- Position: Offensive lineman
- Hometown: Haddonfield, New Jersey
- High School: Haddonfield Memorial High School
- Measurements: 6-foot-7, 298 lb.
- Class year at 2014 season opener: Sophomore (RS), 21
- BC games played: 7
Jim Cashman #72: 2013 Season
- Backup right tackle behind Ian White
- Games played: 7; no starts
- Appeared on Spring 2014 roster
Given his size at almost 300 pounds and prior experience on the line, one would think that Jim Cashman is bound to at least be on the two-deep again throughout the 2014 season. All indications are that he is on the fast track to becoming a starting offensive lineman for this team, if not this season. Just because Ian White is off to the NFL doesn’t mean Cashman will automatically slide up to take his spot; there are position battles to be had and other players will get their shot.
There is no question that Cashman came to Boston College as a heralded, skillful offensive lineman and he’s not going to warm the bench. We will see more of him this year and down the road.