Boston College tight end Hunter Long will forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the 2021 NFL Draft.
The 6-foot-5, 253-pound redshirt junior from Exeter, N.H., was one of the most accomplished tight ends in the program’s history and a safe bet to be named first-team All-ACC.
“I would like to thank the coaches that have had a hand in molding the player that I have become,” said Long in a prepared statement.
“To my brothers at BC, I would not have wanted to play next to anyone else.”
Long was the top receiving tight end in the nation with 57 catches for 685 yards, and eighth with five touchdowns. Long’s 57 receptions in 11 games are second behind BC All-American tight end Pete Mitchell, who set the program’s single-season record with 66 catches over 12 games in 1983.
In addition to being a reliable target over the middle, Long developed his blocking skills in the previous two seasons. He sealed the edge when BC employed a 12-personnel power run scheme for tailback AJ Dillon in 2018 and 2019.
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