Boston College Football 2014: Sean Burke, LB


As of today, we are 100 days away from the start of the 2014 Boston College Eagles football season. Exciting, isn’t it? It’s so exciting we’re featuring two players today, including Sean Burke.

Burke has been with the Eagles football program now for two years and is entering his third as a redshirt sophomore. This Pennsylvanian came to the Heights at the end of the previous coaching regime and redshirted, but notably received an award from Boston College for being an excellent student-athlete (the alliterative “Athletic Director’s Award for Academic Achievement.”)

Sean Burke’s high school days were productive, as the linebacker was named to the All-Philadelphia Catholic League team in each of his junior and senior seasons. He was a part of winning teams, including one that ended up winning the state championship in Pennsylvania.

Apparently a walk-on, Burke comes from good maroon and gold stock: both his parents are Boston College alumni.

Sean Burke #39: Fast Facts

  • Position: Linebacker
  • Hometown: Lansdale, Pennsylvania
  • High School: LaSalle College High School, Wyndmoor, PA
  • Measurements: 5-foot-11, 229 lb.
  • Class year & age at 2014 season opener: Sophomore (RS), 20
  • BC games played: 0

Sean Burke #39: 2013 Season

  • Did not play
  • Appeared on Spring 2014 roster

Burke did play in the 2014 spring game on April 5. He didn’t crack the stat sheet as a linebacker; rather, as a receiver. The Boston College postgame report states that he caught “multiple passes.” Perhaps his function to this team is now as a blocker and occasional pass-catcher, as we have seen before from others who have switched from defense to offense.

Perhaps Burke isn’t switching from defense to offense full-time, and this was just an anomaly of spring football practice. Whatever the case may be, he is still early in his Boston College playing career and, if the coaches intend to use him, there is time to figure out where he most helps the squad, whether practice squad, offense, or defense.