Jahmin Muse is Boston Colleges’ opening day ball hawk.
The 6-foot, 212-pound strong safety from Elizabeth, NJ, realized any defensive backs ambition in the Eagles ’51-0 win over Colgate in the season opener on Saturday at Alumni Stadium.
Muse jumped on a misguided fourth-quarter sideline pass by Colgate quarterback Grant Breneman and returned it to a touchdown to give BC a 44-0 lead.
“It was a great feeling,” Muse said Tuesday. “I haven’t been in the final zone since high school, so it was a great feeling to be able to catch a six and score for the team, and hopefully I can do it more this year.”
Muse’s next chance comes on Saturday in Amherst against UMass Minutemen at McGuirk Stadium.
Muse had to share his magical moment with friends and family sitting near the end zone.
“It was my mom, my big brother and a couple of cousins, so it was a great feeling to catch a bug right there, and God is working in mysterious ways,” Muse said. “I was able to get it into the final zone with my family right there. It was great to have them there to see my first pick-six. ”
Muse broke into the starting lineup last season under first-year coach Jeff Hafley, who built his resume as coach of the secondary. Muse recorded the first of his team’s high three interceptions and returned it 39 yards in the season opener in BC, a 26-6 victory over Duke.
BC has five recurring starters on the offensive, but with the exception of the center Alec Lindstrøm, no one was assigned the same positions as they played in 2020.
A year ago in the opening against Duke, the Eagles’ lineup showed across the front Zion Johnson by left tackle, Christian mahogany at the left guard, Lindstrøm, Ben Petrula by the right guard and Tyler Vrabel by the right tackle.
The offensive front against Colgate started with Vrabel at left tackle followed by order of Johnson, Lindstrom, Mahogany and Petrula.
Vrabel, a 6-foot-5, 307-pound redshirt junior from Bellaire, Tex., Started 13 games at left tackle in 2019 when BC ran a 12-person double-tight end-power run game for tailback AJ Dillon, currently employed by the Green Bay Packers.
“Last year, Vrabel struggled with injuries most of the year, so we moved him to the right,” the head coach said. Jeff Hafley. “When Vrabel was well back, we felt good about putting him back on the left tackle because we are fully convinced that he is a good left tackle.
“We wanted to move Zion back inside to get things up in the middle with him and mahogany, and we moved Ben back to the right. It was all about trying to take care of Vrabel last year and how well he played when he was not 100%. Now he’s 100 and he’s our left tackle, so it’s all really coming from one position. ”
Johnson is a natural guard and is expected to be one of the best players at that position in the 2022 NFL draft. Petrula has played guard, tackling and center over 49 consecutive starts and excelled at them all.
Lower the boom
BC kicker Aaron “Boom” Boumerhi missed the Colgate game with an unknown hip injury and was replaced by Danny Longman, who has handled kickoff missions the past two seasons.
Longman was 4-of-5 on conversions and started a 24-yard field goal to give BC a 30-0 lead with 4:12 to play in the third. Boumerhi, a graduate transfer from Temple in his third year at BC, played in 10 games last season, scoring 16-of-20 field goals and a perfect 30-of-30 on PATs.
Longman was the Max Prep All-American at Chaminade-Madonna College Prep in Hollywood, Fla., Who made 18-of-19 field goals with a length of 49 and converted 54-of-55 PAT conversions.
“It was big shoes to fill, and I had asked for some tips and stuff like that,” Longman said. “He’s the best motivator, and throughout the match against Colgate, he patted me on the shoulder and said, ‘You’re doing well, and keep going. “”