Boston College: Jaelen Gill poised for breakout year with the Eagles

As Boston College enters another week of spring practice, the offense is getting adjusted to what new OC John McNulty wants from them.

When the season gets closer, all eyes will be on Phil Jurkovec and Zay Flowers, but there is another guy in that wide receiver room that people seem to forget about when talking about the Eagles’ offense and their potential.

Jaelen Gill is entering his third year with the program after spending two years with Ohio State. The speedy receiver could be a bit of a secret weapon for BC in 2022.

Prior to the Military Bowl, head coach Jeff Hafley told the media on Tuesday that there was a plan to showcase Gill a little bit against ECU, but the game never took place and now, it may be the best thing that could have happened since it’s not on film.

“We had a ton of different things for him to do in the bowl game that we had practiced that obviously, none of us got to see,” Hafley said. “It’s kind of a good thing now because we didn’t show him.”

“Definitely a lot of confidence,” Gill said when asked how much it boosted his confidence heading into this offseason. “Coaches trust me, they believe in my ability just as much as I believe in myself. We couldn’t really use (some of the plan) in the bowl game, but I’m excited to showcase everything we were planning to do last year this upcoming season.”

Gill will have officially been an Eagle longer than he was a Buckeye this upcoming year, so does it feel like “home” yet?

“Yeah, I would have to say…I’m about to be on my third year, I was only at Ohio State for two, so, I guess you could say it definitely does feel like home,” Gill said. “Everybody welcomed me in with open arms from day one when I first got here, definitely, I could say it feels like home.”

The very first person to greet Gill when he arrived on campus was Flowers. Now, the two of them have a special bond and are feeding off each other every day in practice.

“Since day one, Zay was the first person that came up to me when I transferred here,” said Gill. “He introduced himself to me and ever since then we’ve been locked in. That’s probably my best friend on this team. Whether it’s at practice, whether it’s at home, whether it’s getting in extra work on the field, we’re pushing each other every single day.

“We’re talking about things every single day, ways to get better, ways to improve releases or ways to improve catch point, literally anything, whatever it is, we stand on each other, that’s my dog.”

Don’t be surprised when Jaelen Gill is suddenly a household name with other top ACC receivers this year. His head coach sure won’t be.

“If Jaelen stays healthy and plays the whole entire season in the variety of ways that we can use him and line him up in different spots and different ways to get him the ball, I think he’s going to have a great year,” Hafley added. He’s got to go do it, he’s got to put the work in and stay healthy, but he can be a really dynamic player in the ACC.

“I felt last year he was really comfortable, I was really excited for him. You saw him last year, in big games man, that guy made a lot of big plays. A lot of big catches. He seems to always be able to do that and the game’s not too big for him. I think it’s his time, he’s just got to go take it.”