Jack Cottrell is not a new face to the Boston College Eagles football program in 2014, but he will be new to the field.
Cottrell is a redshirt freshman who will ostensibly see his first action in maroon and gold this Fall. Prior to his arrival on the Heights in 2013, he suited up for the Eden Prairie High School Eagles in suburban Minneapolis and put together a solid career there. Cottrell was an AP All-Minnesota player during his season on the defensive line, and also helped his team win two state championships.
During his recruitment, Jack Cottrell was ranked as one of the top-five recruits in the state of Minnesota for 2013. In spite of that, his Division I offer sheet was thin, getting the paperwork from only Boston College and the North Dakota Fightin’ (North Dakotans). With all due respect to the folks in the Peace Garden State, he made the right call.
On a defensive line that is always looking for players who can perform — and one with openings — Cottrell can play a role, but what will his be in 2014?
Jack Cottrell #57: Fast Facts
- Position: Defensive lineman
- Hometown: Eden Prairie, Minnesota
- High School: Eden Prairie High School
- Measurements: 6-foot-4, 239 lb.
- Class year at 2014 season opener: Freshman (RS)
- BC games played: 0
Jack Cottrell #57: 2013 Season
- Appeared on Spring 2014 roster
No matter what position they feel is best for Cottrell at Boston College, there are going to be opportunities available to hungry, able players. Based on the two-deep from the bowl game in December, the entire starting defensive line is gone. Kaleb Ramsey, Jaryd Rudolph, and Kasim Edebali are graduates out of eligibility, and Dominic Appiah had his own reasons.
Even plugging in an injured-but-recovering player like Mehdi Abdesmad to one of the spots, there figures to be a great deal of youth on the 2014 defensive line. Jack Cottrell might not start right away, but one would expect him to play a fair amount in 2014.