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Eagles Wrap Up Jay McGillis Spring Football Game

Sophomore running back Myles Willis recorded a 95 yard kickoff return for touchdown in the Jay McGillis Spring Game.

Sophomore running back Myles Willis recorded a 95 yard kickoff return for touchdown in the Jay McGillis Spring Game.

April 5, 2014

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Senior linebacker Sean Duggan registered eight tackles, including one tackle for loss, and one pass break-up to lead the Boston College defense in a 49-45 victory over the offense in the Jay McGillis Memorial Spring Football game on Saturday in Alumni Stadium.

Sophomore running back Myles Willis gained 75 yards on the ground, classmate Tyler Rouse gained 68 rushing yards, including a 41-yard burst down the seam for a touchdown, and senior quarterback Tyler Murphy threw for 78 yards to lead the offense.

Willis returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown.

Both the offense and defense received points for various plays/achievements, including first downs (one point), explosive plays (three points), touchdowns (five points), sacks three points), tackles for loss (two-three points) and turnovers (five points).

At halftime, senior defensive back Dominique Williams was named this year's recipient of the Jay McGillis Memorial Scholarship, awarded annually to a defensive back. McGillis was a starting defensive back for Boston College who passed away from leukemia in 1992. The Eagles' spring game is played in his honor each year.

Redshirt freshman wide receiver Charlie Callinan led all receivers with seven receptions for 98 yards. Junior David Dudeck carried 12 times and caught two passes, while sophomore Drew Barksdale and sophomore Sean Burkeeach caught multiple passes.

Freshman quarterback Darius Wade completed seven passes for 82 yards.

Junior placekicker/punter Alex Howell connected on one (of two) field-goal attempts on the afternoon - a 24 yarder while junior placekicker Joey Launcefordconcluded the scrimmage on successful 31-yard field goal.

On the defensive side of the ball, sophomore Kevin Kavalec registered five tackles, including three sacks and one quarterback pressure, while sophomore Malachi Moore also recorded five tackles and pressure.

Cornerback John Johnson tallied five tackles, while senior linebacker Josh Keyes tallied four tackles, including one sack, and fellow linebackers Mike Strizak and Tim Joy both recorded four tackles on the afternoon.

Post-scrimmage quotes:

Head coach Steve Addazio

General Comments:

"We're not doing everything we did. With how these spring games go right now, I wanted to let the young guys get out and see how these freshmen quarterbacks played a little bit. We had a good, productive spring practice and I was pleased with that."

On the offensive line:

"We will have a good front. The problem today was that we have eight offensive linemen here, so some guys are taking play after play and you just wear down. It gets sloppy because of that."

On the running backs:

"We only had two backs for spring practice. Today, I was careful with how many snaps they were taking. I just don't want to get anybody hurt today, that's all. We have two running backs. We have three coming in, but we only had two.

"Both (Myles Willis) and Tyler Rouse had great springs. They did a lot of good things. They're still young and they still make mistakes, but they are really progressing. Those are two great guys that love football. They'll both play. They aren't the style of running back that Andre (Williams) was. You have to split them up. We have a few young guys and I'm sure we will play three or four backs."

On spreading the offense out:

"You'll see more of that. We wanted to work on that a bit today. We still have a strong power game that we didn't need to run much here today. I wanted to see some of the other things today."

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