Boston College: Broome’s first year has been eye opening on and off the field

CHESTNUT HILL – Boston College freshman running back Alex Broome walked into the media room at Fish Field House on Tuesday morning with a big smile.

Broome shook hands with media members that were there, introducing himself as if we didn’t know who he was. But, it’s easy to forget that the young man is still just a freshman who wasn’t necessarily used to media duties.

Broome was thrown into the deep end of the pool and told to swim this year – like a lot of the younger guys on this Eagles team – and he has done more than just survived, he’s thrived. Broome has shown that he is more than capable of making an impact and could be a huge piece of this offense for years to come.

“For me, college football hasn’t been that much different from high school football,” Broome said when asked what he’s learned about himself this season. “They say it’s faster, but it’s more the learning curve. You have to go through…just like, learning the playbook. Once you get that down, things start to slow down for you.”

If anything, Broome believes life outside of football is what’s taken the most adjusting.

“That’s probably been the worst part,” he added with a smile. “I’m in the engineering program, so our classes are kind of tough. It’s just finding ways to get my work done, go to my tutoring, my study halls and then also find time to watch film and be with my coaches, be with my teammates so we can have a great plan for a Saturday. That’s been a little bit of a struggle, but I’ve been working on it.”

Broome has 35 carries for 186 yards and a touchdown this season but he’s also added 11 catches for 46 yards and a receiving touchdown. Broome will never be as big as a guy like AJ Dillon was, but for a team that’s struggled to run the ball since Dillon left, Broome has shown he could be that next X factor out of the backfield.

For now, he and the other younger players are just trying to make sure the older players go out properly after this disappointing season.

“Just in general, our motto for this whole year, these last three games is ‘fight,” he added. “Just play with effort, play with intensity and control what you can control which is your attitude and your effort. You can control those two things. As long as you control those you just let the result be. Just finishing out the season the right way.”