Phil Jurkovec transferred to Pittsburgh this season following a rough 2022 season at Boston College, with hopes of reviving a career that was once projected to be a first-round pick. After just a 1-4 start to the season however for the Panthers, the 6-foot-5 Jurkovec will make the move to tight end.
"Multiple sources informed the Post-Gazette that Jurkovec will move from quarterback to tight end. One source told the Post-Gazette that Jurkovec was running routes with the tight ends during Thursday’s practice. Jurkovec’s position swap is said to have been made on his own accord. With just seven games left in his collegiate career and two quarterbacks now ahead of him on the depth chart, sources said he moved to tight end with the hope to continue his football career," Noah Hiles of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette reported Thursday.
Jurkovec went 57-for-112 for 818 yards through the air in five games for Pitt, throwing six touchdowns and three interceptions. Pitt's offense did not score more than 24 points in a game since opening the season with a 45-7 win against FCS Wofford -- totaling just six points against their rival West Virginia.
The passing numbers for Jurkovec may look solid on paper, but to many accounts, the former Eagle looks like a shell of his prime 2020 self at BC while the yard totals are heavily influenced by gains after the catch. His 60.5 PFF grade also ranks 231st of 290 snap-eligible FBS QBs in the country.
Boston College takes on Jurkovec and Pitt on the night of November 16th, at Pitt, in the Eagles' penultimate game of the season.