Boston College 34 Louisville 27: Grading the Eagles

Boston College defeated Louisville on Saturday in a game with loads of twists and turns. We have already given our notes on the offense and defense, but let’s grade out the various position groups. 

Because of COVID-19 this evaluation was done using the network TV feed. There certainly were moments the video missed. We did the best we could to evaluate what was visible. Also for grading: A: Great Game, B:Good Game, C: Average Game D: Below Average F: Poor Game)

(Because of COVID-19 this evaluation was done using the network TV feed. There certainly were moments the video missed)

Quarterbacks: A. I don’t know how you give this group anything less than this. Phil Jurkovec pretty much made only one mistake during his time out there (missing Spencer Witter for a touchdown). The transfer finished 15-19 for 203 yards in three quarters. Then Dennis Grosel comes off the bench to fill in for the injured Jurkovec and throws for two touchdown passes and runs for 44 yards. To be able to do that, while not playing all year is a testament to Grosel, and this was an excellent game for the pair. 

Running Backs: B+. David Bailey was on his way to a 2019-esque game when he was knocked out due to injury. He was running hard, and attacking the holes, rushing for 53 yards on 10 carries and a pair of touchdowns. It seemed like he was going to get stronger as the game went on, but alas it was not meant to be. Patrick Garwo had a big run in his return from surgery, blasting for 22 yards late in the game. Travis Levy was mostly ineffective, averaging 1.9 yard a carry. Overall a good effort, but not a great one. 

Wide Receivers: A-. Two touchdown receptions from this group in the game. CJ Lewis made a Sportscenter Top 10 one handed catch in the end zone, and Jehlani Galloway caught the go ahead grab. Zay Flowers had a solid game, with a few catches with solid yards after carry, but didn’t have an explosive. 

Tight Ends: B+. No big mistakes, no big plays either (although Witter would have had a big play if Jurkovec hit him when he was wide open). Hard to see on the broadcast, but have to imagine they were integral in the rushing attack that ran for 5.1 yards per carry.

Offensive Line: A. What a game by this group. No sacks allowed, and 188 yards rushing. The front five dominated up front and just beat up Louisville’s defensive front. Jeff Hafley talked about this game being the moment that he has been talking about all season, a moment when the offensive line jumped up and played at an elite level. The MVP positional group of the game.  

Defensive Line: C-. Not a good game at all, zero pressures and allowed 199 yards on the ground. The disappointing part of their play is the lack of a surge up front,

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University of Manitoba students propose ‘compassionate grading’ amid pandemic

Some students at the University of Manitoba want a more compassionate grading system while they grapple with the complexities of online learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic.



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Some U of M students want to see ‘compassionate grading’ amid the pandemic.

The University of Manitoba Students’ Union and the Student Senate Caucus have backed a proposal that would see students given the option to choose either a “pass” or a “fail” on a single course during the fall 2020 and winter 2021 terms — similar to what was imposed when the university abruptly shut down last winter.

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“What happened in the winter of 2020 was students were able to select one of three options — keep your grade, exclude it from the GPA or take it as a pass or fail, and that was available for all their classes,” said Kristin Smith, UMSU’s vice president of advocacy.

“Online learning in the fall simply hasn’t improved enough from when COVID first hit us in the winter.”

The proposal went to the university’s COVID-19 steering committee Thursday, a communications staffer said in an email.

Meanwhile, Brandon University introduced a compassionate grading system this week.

“A student who obtains a satisfactory standing grade on a course can convert that letter grade into a ‘P’, or a pass, so they get credit on the course but it doesn’t count in their (grade point average), then a student who didn’t receive satisfactory standing on the course, doesn’t just get an F that counts against their GPA, they actually get no credit for the course,” said Andrea McDaniel, BU’s registrar.

“It’s very much like they withdrew from the course without an academic penalty.”

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Boston College 48 Georgia Tech 27: Grading the Eagles

Boston College jumped back into the win column on Saturday with a decisive 48-27 win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. This was a total team effort, with each group making big plays throughout the game. Here are our grades for each positional unit.

(Because of COVID-19 this evaluation was done using the network TV feed. There certainly were moments the video missed. We did the best we could to evaluate what was visible. Also for grading: A: Great Game, B:Good Game, C: Average Game D: Below Average F: Poor Game)

(Because of COVID-19 this evaluation was done using the network TV feed. There certainly were moments the video missed)

Quarterback: A. Did Phil Jurkovec throw for 300 yards? No. But did he have to? No. Jurkovec executed the team’s game plan perfectly. He was efficient with the ball, he ran the ball nicely (season high 93 rushing yards), and effortlessly avoided pressure. It was not a game he had to play super man, but he did everything he needed to do.

Running Backs: A. Jeff Hafley has preached all season that this team would be able to run the ball, and last night we saw what they are capable of doing. David Bailey had two rushing touchdowns, and looked big and physical, like many had hoped he would be. Not a knock, but curious why Travis Levy is getting more rushes than Bailey at this point. Levy had 19 touches, compared to 14 for Bailey—and I thought Bailey was a much better runner. 

Offensive Line: A+. Ok, I admit, I was a little tough on this group last week, giving them a C-. But that was because I knew what they were capable of, and the high level they could bring to the field. They played lights out on Saturday. Jurkovec wasn’t sacked, and didn’t seem to ever be pressured. The run game had holes all game long. Jurkovec said after the game, they could have just run the ball all game, and the yards would have been there. The offensive line played at an elite level on Saturday night, and this is a huge boost moving forward.

Wide Receivers/Tight End: A. CJ Lewis was the star in the passing game, with two touchdown catches, giving him three on the season. Hunter Long had three catches, Jaelen Gill had a pair of catches. The reason they had a great game though was their run blocking. It is crucial to have wide receivers who are willing to block, and BC has it.  

Defensive Line: B+. Overall a really good game up front by this unit. I tallied big plays by Shittah Sillah, Chibueze Onwuka, Max Roberts and Luc Bequette. They were solid in the pass rush, they held their own on the run. Only knock was the big roughing the passer call on Marcus Valdez that negated an interception. At the time GT was starting to creep back into the game, and this would have effectively ended the

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Virginia Tech 40 Boston College 14: Grading the Game

Boston College got soundly defeated by Virginia Tech on Saturday night 40-14. It was easily the worst game of Jeff Hafley’s young career, and a tough outing for the team. Usually we grade out each player, but it was tough in this game, so we are going to grade each position unit. 

(Because of COVID-19 this evaluation was done using the network TV feed. There certainly were moments the video missed. We did the best we could to evaluate what was visible. Also for grading: A: Great Game, B:Good Game, C: Average Game D: Below Average F: Poor Game)

(Because of COVID-19 this evaluation was done using the network TV feed. There certainly were moments the video missed)

Quarterback: C- This was not the best game in young Phil Jurkovec’s young career. He was able to move the ball effectively through the first three quarters, but made two careless turnovers that cost BC points. On the fumble, the play broke down, Hunter Long was not where he was supposed to be (according to Hafley), Jurkovec should have just ate the sack. And on his first interception, he just made a really bad throw. These types of mistakes are due to happen, hopefully he learns from them and moves on. 

Running Backs: D The group itself was looking good to start the game. David Bailey (Individual Grade: B-), looked as strong as he has all year. But on that same drive, Patrick Garwo put the ball on the ground, the first of five turnovers. He never saw the field again. With BC still in the game in the fourth quarter, Travis Levy coughed up the ball. They averaged 3.6 yards a carry, their best outing on the season, but the turnovers were brutal. 

Wide Receivers: A. As a unit this was the best group playing for Boston College on Saturday. Zay Flowers didn’t have an explosive play, with a 17 yard as his long, but still had one of the moments of the game when it looked like he made an incredible play for a touchdown. Jaelen Gill was easily the MVP for the Eagles on Saturday, CJ Lewis had a pair of nice catches, and Jehlani Galloway played very well. BC needs guys to step up on this unit to help Jurkovec spread the ball around. That was the most promising outcome of the game. 

Tight End: A-. Just watching on TV it looked like VT was focused heavily on covering Hunter Long. Even with that being the case he had an incredible catch and run for a touchdown, and did a really nice job in run blocking. 

Offensive Line: C-. They looked really good to start the game, helping the rush attack, and really opening some holes for David Bailey. Thought the pass protection looked good. It was when BC was forced to become one dimensional that they started to struggle. Virginia Tech started throwing the kitchen sink at Jurkovec, and he started to take hits. But

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