Boston College Football 2014: AJ Caruso, LB


There are now less than 100 days to go until Boston College Eagles football returns — 99 to be exact — and AJ Caruso is one of the guys who will be suiting up on August 30 at Gillette Stadium.

Not surprisingly, he is also today’s featured Eagle.

Before arriving in Chestnut Hill, AJ Caruso played his high school football on the Jersey shore. At Ocean Township High, Caruso played tight end and led his team in receiving yardage as a senior. Not to be outdone by anyone, he was also a linebacker, wide receiver, tailback, and long snapper. Caruso was a multi-sport athlete at that point, also playing baseball and basketball for his school.

Caruso came to Boston College for the 2012 season, a year in which he redshirted. As a redshirt freshman in 2013 under new head coach Steve Addazio, he recorded no playing time according to the ACC’s official statistics.

AJ Caruso #61: Fast Facts

  • Position: Linebacker
  • Hometown: West Allenhurst, New Jersey
  • High School: Ocean Township High School, Oakhurst, NJ
  • Measurements: 6-foot-1, 219 lb.
  • Class year at 2014 season opener: Sophomore (RS), 20
  • BC games played: 0

AJ Caruso #61: 2013 Season

  • Did not play
  • Appeared on Spring 2014 roster

So far in our player previews, we have seen players switching positions on offense, and later we will see players going from defense to offense, but Caruso apparently went the other way in moving from offense to defense.

Assuming the roster figures are completely accurate (and one never should, but that’s all we’ve got), Caruso would be this team’s second-lightest linebacker in front of Matt Milano, another rising sophomore. Here’s the thing, though: Milano did play last year. Is there then a role for AJ Caruso on this team?

If the coaches brought a guy in, then there has to be a purpose, even if it’s to put him on the scout team. If Caruso does not see any time at linebacker in 2014, and we have no basis to say whether he should or should not because we have not seen him play, he could make an impact on special teams.