101 Days of BC Football: David Dudeck, #26


Another day, and another newcomer to Boston College’s football team from New Jersey. The pipeline from the Garden State opened up for the 2012 recruiting class, and amongst the freshmen is Dave Dudeck.

Coming from Hamilton Township, next door to Trenton, Dudeck stayed in the area for private high school where he had a very successful football career. He went up to Princeton to study at the Hun School (note: not associated with Attila or his band of barbarians), joining the Raiders football team. It was perhaps a simple choice, because his father coached the team and is an alumni of said school himself.

Dudeck made the most of his time at Hun, being named the New Jersey Prep School Player of the Year during his senior season, and was also the Mid-Atlantic Prep League Player of the Year. He initially played quarterback, but then the elder Dudeck lined him up with the wide receivers, where he had ten receiving touchdowns. In fact, he also ran the ball 23 times in 2011 and for good measure, Dudeck played baseball and track.

When it came time to pick a school, Boston College was the best of his offers, with the others being Navy, Northern Colorado, and Yale. Dudeck’s older brother, Brendan, is a sophomore wide receiver at Navy, but the younger brother chose the ACC. He was a two-star athlete, capable of playing several different positions on offense.

Boston College, however, now lists him at strong safety. He isn’t on the two-deep so it’s not of imminent importance, but this is just another one of those situations where BC has moved a player to a different side of the field from the one they played in high school or the previous year. Were he just another wide receiver, I’d guarantee that he’ll redshirt, but now I’m not sure. Depth in the secondary is a question mark, and plenty of redshirts were burned last year, so I’d say there is at least a marginal chance Dudeck will appear this season.