We’ve talked about Darius Wade, but wait: there’s another dual-threat quarterback on the Boston College Eagles in 2014, and it’s redshirt freshman James Walsh.
Walsh comes from the Columbus area of Ohio, not too far from Buckeyes country. He was his high school’s starting quarterback, and while there as a senior, he threw for over 2,000 yards with over 550 yards on the ground.
Originally, James Walsh was committed to stay within his home state and play football for the Ohio Bobcats. However, when Boston College came looking very early in the Steve Addazio era (January 2013, to be exact), he decommitted and flipped to the Eagles.
At that point, Walsh was a three-star recruit who was also being pursued by the likes of Toledo, Akron, Bowling Green, and Central Michigan.
Long before Tyler Murphy changed the quarterback dynamic at Boston College, approximately one year ago, we put the question to Boston College fans:
Who will be BC's starting quarterback in Fall 2014?
- James Walsh (49%, 96 Votes)
- Darius Wade (26%, 51 Votes)
- Josh Bordner (9%, 18 Votes)
- Christian Suntrup (5%, 10 Votes)
- Mackay Lowrie (5%, 9 Votes)
- Troy Flutie (4%, 7 Votes)
- Kyle Egan (2%, 3 Votes)
Total Voters: 194
Walsh clearly had a great deal of support out amongst the people, but looking at things objectively now, what can we see for him in 2014 and beyond?
James Walsh #15: Fast Facts
- Position: Quarterback
- Hometown: Dublin, Ohio
- High School: Dublin Coffman High School
- Measurements: 6-foot-1, 201 lb.
- Class year at 2014 opener: Redshirt freshman
- BC games played: 0
James Walsh #15: 2013 Season
- Appeared on Spring 2014 roster
At the end of the spring, Steve Addazio said that James Walsh “continued to grow” and progress during practices, which is an encouraging sign.
Right now, definitively answering questions about 2015 seems a bit premature, even though we have some sense of which way the Eagles might go. At this point last year, Eagles fans had no idea that Murphy would be coming to Boston College. We can, however, attempt to answer about 2014. Assuming Wade redshirts (and he should), there is a very good chance that Walsh will be the backup quarterback on the depth chart.
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