Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Falcon Get QB Transfer

So, most of the mystery is resolved as it relates to the QB position, as BG has Matt McDonald transferring from Boston College.  Just to review, BG's starting QB Jarrett Doege transferred to WVU after spring practice, leaving the Falcons with two essentially untested scholarship QBs left.  BG talked immediately about going out and getting a QB transfer to fill the gap.  They did...but I think it is safe to say that everyone thought it would be a grad transfer who would be eligible immediately.

Now, as noted above, McDonald might be eligible right away.  I'll be the first to admit I don't understand how this hardship stuff works.  I didn't understand how Martell or Doege was a hardship so I guess I can't explain why this one would be.  Usually, you see a young man returning home for some reason.

Unless BG has another guy on the way, you'd have to think they have a decent hunch the hardship will be approved....or taking this chance was their best shot with the players still available.

Anyway, this transfer is one thing if McDonald is eligible immediately and another if he is not.

He was a 3-star prospect out of Mission Viejo, CA.  That's a huge HS program.  He's listed as 6'3" and 210 pounds. He had great numbers in his one year at Mission Viejo...before that he was at Mater Dei. Even with this high ranking, he was late to sign to Boston College which had some people scratching their head.  He was injured for his junior season.

Here's what the article said about him:
All of the what ifs and second-guessing were put to rest during McDonald’s 2016 season when the senior nailed 136-of-211 pass attempts for 2,764 yards with 39 touchdowns against just eight picks. His completion percentage remained high at an average of 64 percent per try putting in a first team All-League kind of season. His dual-threat abilities really started to take hold carrying the rock 39 times for 235 yards with four more scores posted. All of the activity on the field helped the Diablos to an 11-1 mark ripping through the South Coast during the regular season. 

He red-shirted at BC and then he played late in two blow-outs last year as a R-FR.  The BC Blog says he left spring practice at least on the third string.

So, I guess time will tell as it relates to his eligibility.  He certainly was more recruited than the QBs BG has right now, but he's just as untested, though he obviously knows Loeffler.  Welcome to the Falcons, Matt.

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