Boston College running back Montel Harris and wide receiver Colin Larmond Jr. were roommates last year and are good friends, which is why Larmond Jr. has no problem doing a little grunt work and blocking for the team’s leading rusher.
There will be a lot of pressure on Harris to carry the running game since there’s not a lot of depth behind him, so the Eagles’ passing game will be needed to help draw some of the defensive attention elsewhere. Larmond Jr. is the team’s top returning receiver, having averaged 20.5 yards on his 29 receptions last year, but his focus this offseason has been getting the edges covered and blocking the safety for Harris.
“We talk about it all the time,” Larmond Jr. said. “… He knows we’re trying to work out there for him. It’s fine by me because I know if I make that block he can go the distance.”
Larmond Jr. will also be expected to emerge as the go-to receiver. The Eagles will miss the production of Rich Gunnell, who finished his career as the BC record holder in receiving yards. The group also lost Justin Jarvis and Clarence Megwa to graduation. Larmond was second on the team with 29 catches, 596 yards, five touchdowns and a 45.8 yards per game average. He has shown big-play capabilities, as he had four of BC’s five longest receptions of the year.
Larmond said he’s looking to add more variety to his game this fall, and be able to line up in different places, and be more diverse in his route running. His responsibilities will extend beyond the field, though.
“I have to be the leader of the group and make sure I tell the guys when adversity hits us to keep going, don’t give up,” Larmond said. “I have to help them out, answer questions when I can and lead by example. When things aren’t going right, stay with it. Don’t get all frustrated. Just mainly lead by example and try to bring up the other guys. They feed off my energy. Once I’m energetic and ready to go, then they get energetic and ready to go, then we’re going to be a hard receiving corps to stop.”