All the way from Seattle, Washington, junior kicker and sometimes defensive back Joey Launceford could kick his way into a bigger role with the Boston College Eagles in 2014.
Launceford played his pre-Boston College football at an all-boys school, O’Dea High School, in Seattle. Notably, the school’s colors are maroon and gold, but the team name is Fighting Irish. At least they got one out of two right.
At O’Dea, Joey Launceford was a second team Metro All-League player in each of his final two years while kicking. He was no slouch in the classroom, either, graduating as his class’s valedictorian.
When the opportunity arose for him to come to Boston College, Joey Launceford did, and he would ultimately walk on to the football team in 2011 as a freshman. In terms of his live-game activity, that can be summed up briefly: 2011 was his redshirt season, 2012 he did not play, and in 2013, according to the ACC’s official statistics, he did not play.
The times he has been noticed have been during practices and spring football games. In the 2012 spring game, Launceford was slotted into the defensive backfield as a corner, and he took a Dave Shinskie pass to the house on a pick-six. Meanwhile, in this season’s spring game, he made a 31-yard field goal.
Now the question is, after years of being a practice warrior and waiting to get his shot, is this finally the year that Launceford does?
Joey Launceford #30: Fast Facts
- Position: Kicker
- Hometown: Seattle, Washington
- High School: O’Dea High School, Seattle, WA
- Measurements: 5-foot-10, 193 lb.
- Class year & age at 2014 opener: Redshirt junior, 21
- BC games played: 0
Joey Launceford #30: 2013 Season
- Did not appear in any games; not on two-deep
- Appeared on Spring 2014 roster
There are openings on special teams this year, including kicker. At present, we expect that there will be a position battle for who gets the job previously held by Nate Freese for the past four years. Alex Howell and Mike Knoll look like the top contenders, but don’t rule out Launceford as a potential back-up, or rule him out of some other role such as holder or various parts on special teams.
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