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Walk-On Freshman John Fadule Took Over The Quarterbacking Duties In Loss

After walking on the Boston College football team, John Fadule found himself leading the Eagles' scout team. Against Virginia Tech, Fadule came in on the third drive and was under center the rest of the game in his first college action of his career.

CHESTNUT HILL: John Fadule went from fourth-string quarterback to playing the bulk of an ACC contest in less than a month. After both Darius Wade and Jeff Smith were out with injuries and Troy Flutie struggled to run the offense, coach Addazio let a walk-on freshman take the reigns on the third drive of the game with the Eagles already trailing. With Flutie under center, BC had accrued negative yardage in two consecutive three and outs. 

Fadule struggled to settle in early, but willed his team to a field goal attempt with six minutes to go in the first half. Fadule rushed for 19 yards and threw for 33 to set up a 45-yard field goal attempt that Mike Knoll missed. 

In the third quarter, the Eagles finally got on the board with a field goal as the Wellesley-native led the Eagles into the red zone for the first time all game. In the fourth, Fadule again willed the offense into the red zone. Three completions for 60 yards and a rush for seven set up a Richard Wilson three-yard run into the end zone for BC's first and only touchdown.

After throwing a 28-yard completion on the Eagles' last drive of the game, Fadule was picked off in the end zone. 

He ended the game 8-20 passing with 143 yards and the pick. He also rushed for 53 yards on 15 attempts to lead the BC rushing attack. No other player had more than 11 yards on the ground.

Fadule looked comfortable in the pocket and when plays broke down. Besides the interception, the second half for the young quarterback was reasonably well. He was able to find openings in the defense on the ground and in the air. If Jeff Smith is able to practice this week, next week's starting job is up for grabs between the two freshmen.  


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