“We like to reward people for hard work,” Boston College coach Frank Spaziani said as he addressed his squad in its team meeting room in August. “He holds the record in the spring game for the most carries,” Spaziani said as tepid applause began.
“He’s done a lot of work for us.”
The noise grew exponentially louder and quickly morphed into a standing ovation for Mike Javorski, who, along with Ted Davenport, earned a scholarship for the Eagles.
Javorski, who later said the announcement surprised him, slapped hands with teammates in the front row as he made his way toward the front of the room. He couldn’t contain his smile.
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He shook hands with his coach and held a Boston College jersey, No. 39, with his surname on it. Eventually, he slipped it on his 5-foot-7, 175-pound frame.
His work had paid off.
Javorski is a senior, biology major at Boston College. He has a 3.5 GPA, recently took the MCATs this summer and is applying to medical school. He is also the first student from Saint Ignatius College Prep to earn a DI football scholarship since the Jesuit school revived its football program nine years ago.
“Since the resurrection [of the football program], Mike is the first,” Jim Prunty, athletics director at Saint Ignatius College Prep, said. “We’re very proud of him.”
Javorski was a captain in football and hockey at Saint Ignatius College Prep, a private Jesuit high school in Chicago. He gained 972 yards on 121 carries his senior season and earned All-Chicago Catholic League honors. Still, he only drew interest from Division III schools and strongly considered playing football at Carnegie Mellon.
“Most colleges said I was too small to play Division I,” Javorski said.
Javorski decided to attend Boston College because of its impressive biology department and for the chance to play football at the highest college level.
The time commitments that football and pre-med classes require have presented myriad challenges during the past three years. During the day, Javorski’s only moments of rest come during a nap at noon. In the evening, he’ll drink a cup of coffee to ensure that he has the energy to do homework until midnight or 1 a.m.
“He’s determined. He’s goal-oriented and he doesn’t take a day off,” Prunty said. “I don’t know how he finds time to do it, but he gets it done.”
After contributing for two years on the scout team, Javorski saw his first action against UMass last season. He had a carry for no yards.
“I was nervous the whole game,” he said. “They called my number. I was so full of energy. Once I got out there, it felt kind of like a spring game.”
“I’ve been known to get a lot of carries in the spring game.”
Javorski credits his parents, Joseph and Mary Ellen, for pushing him to always try his best.
He says he feels strange when he’s just sitting around, not doing anything, because he knows he can do something productive.
Javorski won’t have too much time to sit and relax. The next challenge beckons.
Boston College (1-2, 0-1 ACC)
• Junior Chase Rettig was effective against Northwestern in a losing effort. On Saturday, the junior completed 24 of 44 passes for 291 yards and a touchdown.
• The Eagles have two weeks to prepare for a Clemson offense that is averaging almost 40 points per game.
Next Game: vs. Clemson Sept. 29
No. 10 Clemson (3-0, 0-0 ACC)
• Following a two-game suspension, Sammy Watkins made his season debut for Clemson. The sophomore is another target for quarterback Tajh Boyd, who threw three touchdowns as Clemson routed Furman.
• The Tigers will need their most dangerous offensive players — Boyd, Watkins, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and running back Andre Ellington — at their best when they attempt to pierce a Noles defense that is top-ranked nationally and has allowed a mere 103.33 yards per game.
Next Game: at Florida State Sept. 22
Duke (2-1, 0-0 ACC)
• Lee Butler scored the first punt return touchdown since 2001 for the Blue Devils, who cruised past North Carolina Central.
• Blue Devil wide receiver Blair Holliday participated in the pregame coin toss and boosted the team’s spirits. He suffered a traumatic brain injury in a watercraft accident this summer.
Next Game: vs. Memphis Sept. 22
No. 4 Florida State (3-0, 0-0 ACC)
• Florida State running back Chris Thompson broke two bones in his back when the Noles played Wake Forest a year ago. This time, he broke off touchdown runs of 74 and 80 yards in the first half as FSU blanked the Demon Deacons at home.
“On offense we started controlling the ball and Chris [Thompson] was able to get those long runs,” coach Jimbo Fisher said. “What a difference a year makes — I was sitting watching him in the hospital last year and he’s actually consoling me, not knowing what his future was, saying ‘Coach, I’ll be back.’ It’s amazing.”
• FSU has outscored its opponents 176-3 in three games. The Noles defense — top ranked nationally as it allows only 103.33 yards per game — will face a challenge against a Tigers offense that averages more than 517 yards a game.
Next Game: vs. Clemson Sept. 22
Georgia Tech (2-1, 1-1 ACC)
• Georgia Tech trounced Virginia 56-20 in its 650th game at Bobby Dodd Stadium last weekend. Ten Yellow Jackets combined to rush for 469 yards in an important conference matchup.
• Georgia Tech has its third conference game this month. “If we could have come out of the month of September undefeated we’d have been in good shape,” coach Paul Johnson said. “If we can come out 2-1 in the league, then we still have a heartbeat and we’re still fighting.”
• The Yellow Jackets will try to run rampant against a Hurricanes’ defense that is ranked 100th in the country.
Next Game: vs. Miami Sept. 22
Maryland (2-1, 0-0 ACC)
• Randy Edsall’s new school fell short against his old one. Maryland was unable to become the second ACC team to beat UConn in two weeks, even with an impressive performance by true freshmen Stefon Diggs, who had 56 yards receiving, and Wes Brown, who gained 74 yards on 14 carries.
• The Terps will need their eighth-ranked defense at its absolute best against undefeated West Virginia, which averages 612 yards of offense. Mountaineers’ quarterback Geno Smith has gained more than 800 yards in two games. He is second nationally in total offense.
Next Game: at West Virginia Sept. 22
Miami (Fla.) (2-1, 1-0 ACC)
• The Hurricanes travel to Atlanta for their third road game in four weeks in a conference showdown against the Yellow Jackets. Miami’s defense will have its work cut out for it against one of the most proficient rushing teams in the nation.
Next Game: at Georgia Tech Sept. 22
NC State (2-1, 0-0 ACC)
• Cornerback David Amerson grabbed his 15th career interception as the Wolfpack thumped South Alabama last week in its first home game this season. North Carolina State led 28-0 at the half as quarterback Mike Glennon turned in an efficient performance, completing 24 of 34 passes for 257 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
• Redshirt sophomore Mustafa Greene was slated to start for NC State, but did not play. An hour before kickoff, NC State announced the halfback was suspended for the game. “That was a coach’s decision,” Tom O’Brien said of Greene’s suspension.
Next Game: vs. The Citadel Sept. 22
North Carolina (1-2, 0-1 ACC)
• Despite a career day from tailback Romar Morris, who had 202 all-purpose yards including 149 yards receiving, UNC came up short against Louisville. The Tarheels scored 20 points in the fourth quarter, but could not overcome their undefeated opponent at Cardinal Stadium.
• Quarterback Bryn Renner tied the school’s single-game touchdown mark with five touchdowns last week and looks to expose the Pirates and their nationally ranked defense. North Carolina beat ECU 35-20 last season in Greenville, N.C.
Next Game: vs. East Carolina Sept. 22
Virginia (2-1, 0-1 ACC)
• The Cavaliers dropped their ACC opener against the Yellow Jackets in a 36-point loss. “It’s a humbling experience when you come in and get beat like that,” coach Mike London said.
• Virginia squares off against the undefeated Horned Frogs, who won their first Big 12 conference game last week. The Cavaliers will look to limit quarterback Casey Pachall, who set TCU single-season records in completions, completion percentage and passing yards last year.
Next Game: at TCU Sept. 22
Virginia Tech (2-1, 1-0 ACC)
• Pittsburgh led 21-0 two minutes into the second quarter and never relinquished the lead at Heinz Field, handing Frank Beamer’s team its first loss this year. Pitt coach Paul Chryst picked up his first win against Virginia Tech. The Hokies will be a conference opponent next year when Pitt transitions to the ACC.
Next Game: vs. Bowling Green Sept. 22
Wake Forest (2-1, 1-1 ACC)
• The Demon Deacons’ freshman punter got a lot of play in the team’s loss to FSU. Alex Kinal punted 13 times for 520 yards, an average of 40 yards per punt. Wake Forest gained just 126 yards on 59 plays against one of the country’s top defenses.
• Wake Forest looks to get back on track against the Black Knights at home. So far this season, Army ranks second nationally in rushing yards as it averages more than five yards per carry and 384 a game.
Next Game: vs. Army Sept. 22
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