Phil Jurkovec ran after three touchdowns and passed for two at Georgia Tech.

Three weeks ago, Boston College quarterback Phil Jurkovec was not sure he would snatch another one in the regular season.

Fast forward two ACC victories and Jurkovec is back in the national spotlight where he started the campaign. The 6-foot-5, 228-pound signal-caller from Pittsburgh was on the receiving end of several significant accolades after Saturday’s 41-30 victory over Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

Jurkovec was named ACC Quarterback of the Week for the second time this season after making five touchdowns against the Yellow Jackets. Jurkovec was also named Pro Football Focus’ Quarterback of the Week and was one of eight FBS passers to be recognized as the Stars of the Week by the Manning Award.

“I thought I was pretty much done for the year,” Jurkovec said after training on Tuesday as the Eagles prepared to host Florida State on Saturday.

“Maybe I could get to a bowl game, maybe be back for the Wake Forest game, but I didn’t think I would be able to throw the ball.”

Jurkovec was first named ACC Quarterback of the Week after throwing in 303 yards and three touchdowns against Colgate on September 4th. But he broke his right hand at the start of a win at UMass on September 11 and missed six games in a row.

Jurkovec resumed his duties in BC’s 17-3 home win over Virginia Tech on Nov. 5 at Alumni Stadium, where he completed a pedestrian 7-of-13 passes in 112 yards and no touchdowns.

He returned to top form against Georgia Tech as he completed 13-of-20 passes in 310 yards with two touchdowns, both on explosive play to wide receiver Zay Flowers. He also rushed to 71 yards on eight carries with three touchdowns, including a 31-yard touchdown.

Jurkovec became the sixth BC quarterback since 1996 to account for five touchdowns in a game and the first ever to have two passes and two rushing touchdowns in the first half against an ACC opponent.

“I feel more comfortable than I did at the beginning of the year,” Jurkovec said. “Our running games have been strong all year and they have to go together, the run and the play action pass.

“It sets it up, but we have to take what the defense gives us. If they are to fall off, we will run the ball on them.”

The disappearing corner

The cornerback position at BC is becoming an endangered species. BC took a double hit as it was outside the corner Brandon Sebastian (knees) and first-year nickel Shawn Asbury (broken arm) was injured in the loss in Louisville.

Josh DeBerry has since doubled both the nickel and frontier positions before sustaining a torso injury at Georgia Tech. DeBerry went down swinging against the Yellow Jackets with a team-high 10 tackles, two tackles for a loss and a quarterback rush. Real first-year students CJ Burton took over on nickel and noted three tackles.

“When (Asbury) got injured, we started working with CJ and got him a lot of reps,” said BC coach Jeff Hafley. “He had never played nickel in a game where the balls fly, and I thought he did a pretty admirable job in there.”

Hafley hopes to get DeBerry, Sebastian, center linebacker Isaiah “IGM” Graham Mobley (upper body) and defensive Shitta Sillah (legs) dressed for the Seminoles.

Stat package

Offensive linemen at all levels of football complain about being judged by the numbers of others. BC offensive front of Tyler Vrabel, Zion Johnson, Alec Lindstrøm, Christian Mahogni and Ben Petrula created the chaos that led to some amazing numbers against GT.

The Eagles averaged 8.7 yards per carry. games, the highest this season. They combined 195 rushing yards and 310 in the air for a season-high 505 yards of total offense.

Backrest Patrick Garwo rushed 104 yards on 24 carries. Having a 100-yard rusher and a 300-yard passer in the same game put up positively for the beefcakes in the birdcages.

“When the offense gives a lot of points, we’re happy at the end of the day,” said Johnson, a preseason All-ACC first-team pick. “We know it’s going to be a good day when we walk into the meeting room the next day.”

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