5 college passers the Steelers should keep tabs on in 2021
By Brendan Howe
In hopping to Beantown from Notre Dame, Gibsonia native Phil Jurkovec did more—at least just as much—with lesser-known talent.
Rather than waste away behind Ian Book, the 6’5”, 226-pound Jurkovec left a historical power that seldom made use of his abilities for Boston College, a program that hasn’t ever claimed full ownership of a conference crown. His presence behind center is one the Eagles haven’t seen in over a decade.
The Eagles hadn’t watched a passer toss four or more 300-yard games in a season since NFL MVP Matt Ryan did in 2007. No longer a clipboard carrier, Jurkovec did so in his first five games. Against No. 11 North Carolina in his second start, he hit the mark on 37 passes, the second-most completions in a game in BC history.
For the whole year, Jurkovec passed for 2,558 yards, the most ever by any Eagle over his first ten starts. He fought through a dislocated shoulder at Syracuse, then sat for the team’s regular-season finale the next month. If healthy for those contests, it wouldn’t have been hard to see Jurkovec’s numbers top those of Notre Dame’s Book’s.
Much like a young Roethlisberger, Jurkovec lengthens plays with his archetypal frame and mobility. In Frank Cignetti Jr.’s offense, expect him to make noise this upcoming schedule.