Boston College Football 2014: Sherman Alston, RB


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Today with Sherman Alston may be the first time Soaring to Glory features a 2014 football newcomer, but it won’t be the last: between the recruits and the transfers, there will be about 30 new faces in maroon and gold by the Fall.

Alphabetically, the first (as one might have figured by now) is Sherman Alston, an all-purpose back from New Jersey. If he wanted to join a college football team that places value on the run, he certainly came to the right place. These young men who have committed to or are thinking of joining the Eagles probably saw Andre Williams getting drafted this past weekend and are salivating over the opportunities that await. Alston, whenever he finds his way onto the field, will be no different.

Sherman Alston: Fast Facts

  • Position: Running back/All-purpose back
  • Hometown: Montvale, New Jersey
  • High School: St. Joseph Regional High School
  • Measurements: 5-foot-7, 165 lb.
  • Age at 2014 season opener: Probably 18ish
  • BC games played: Incoming freshman

Sherman Alston: 2013 Season (HS)

  • Games played: 11
  • Cumulative stats: 201 carries, 1197 yards, 22 TD rushing; 19 rec, 251 yards, 1 TD receiving
  • Did not appear on Spring 2014 roster.

Simply put, Alston was a great player on a very good team in a region where high school football tends to matter. Averaging two rushing touchdowns a game last season as a senior, amongst other things, there is no question that he has experienced success, but how does it translate to college?

Sherman Alston’s most likely fate for 2014 is redshirting. The departure of Andre Williams created a depth chart vacancy, probably to be filled by Myles Willis, but who steps in for Willis? Alston could be a candidate, though other freshman names have been floated, such as four-star newcomers Marcus Outlow and Jonathan Hilliman. Tyler Rouse and Dave Dudeck are also still listed there, but odds are that (at least) one of the freshmen will forego the redshirt.

At this point, it is too difficult to project Alston’s short-term future at Boston College, though many are hopeful that he will get the chance to contribute.