Here’s a welcome sight for BC fans: another Flutie in a BC uniform. Natick native and nephew of the immortal #22 (Doug, as if it had to be said), Bill Flutie will begin his collegiate career on a familiar campus and will assume the obvious role of quarterback. But before you get greedy and think he’s the second coming of his Heisman-winning uncle, you must understand that Flutie’s role could very well change.
BC recruited Flutie as a quarterback first and foremost, but they also took him because of his overall athletic ability. He has the speed and the (high school) experience to play receiver, but might even wind up as the team’s punter.
“They definitely want me as a QB,” Flutie said, “but I’ll play wherever the coaches think I fit in best. I could be a punter or a kicker, I could play receiver. I’m really pushing to be a quarterback, though.”
Flutie didn’t play quarterback for Natick High until his junior year. Kicking, on the other hand, is something he did all four years in high school. He earned a varsity letter his freshman year, but exclusively as a place-kicker and punter. Sophomore year, Flutie played receiver in addition to his kicking duties and became the Redmen’s quarterback the next year. In the summer before his senior year, Flutie broke his ankle and missed the first nine games of the season, but returned to kick and pass his team to a Division II Superbowl victory.
The BC coaching staff will get a better idea of what to do with the versatile freshman when he arrives on August 2nd. Flutie (whose other uncle, Darren, also played for the Eagles) will show up for orientation on June 25th, but he’s already spent so much time at Chestnut Hill rooting on his family members, he won’t need much more getting used to.
“BC was by far my obvious choice,” Flutie said. “I know the school really well, it’s really close to where I live. It’s got the whole package and it’s got really good sports - not only football, but hockey, basketball, and baseball, too.”
It’ll help that Flutie is already good friends with a bunch of the other incoming freshmen, especially locals like Chris Fox, Thomas Claiborne, and Reshaude Goodwyn, Flutie’s high-school teammate.
“Me and Reshaude are real good friends,” Flutie said. “We played together and we’re gonna be roommates next year. I got to meet most of my [incoming freshmen] teammates and they’re all great kids. I became friends with a lot of them.”
Now, Flutie talks regularly with Jerry Petercuskie, the Eagles’ assistant head coach, and anxiously prepares for his transition to the college ranks. He’s working on getting his speed back to full capacity (“I’m probably in the 4.6/4.7 area”) after suffering the ankle injury last year. He can’t wait to report to duty as the latest to don “Flutie” on the back of a maroon and gold jersey. I’m sure he’ll be well received.