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Thursday, January 24, 2013
RB excited for Boston College junior day

By Jared Shanker

There are not many running backs nationally who wouldn’t take Jamauri Bogan’s (Union, N.J./Union) down year. Over the course of the season, Bogan tallied 1,200 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns and became the school’s leading rusher as a junior.

It wasn’t enough for Bogan, though. As a freshman, he rushed for 2,200 yards.

“It wasn’t the season I intended,” Bogan said. “Running wasn’t at the forefront [of the offense] ... and I got hurt and messed my ankle up. As a fast guy, when you lose your ankle that’s big.”

The 5-foot-6, 164-pound Bogan is all about speed, and he said the fastest hand-timed 40-yard dash he ran is a 4.2. He says he is realistically -- and legitimately -- a 4.4 speed player on the field and electronically timed.

When he injured his ankle, though, Bogan’s speed was gone. The bothersome ankle actually helped him, though.

“Now I learned how to adjust my game,” he said. “I had to learn to be more decisive in my cuts. I couldn’t do too much because of my ankle. My field awareness had to be enhanced to still go out and play at the level I was playing at.”

Georgia Tech, Massachusetts, Old Dominion, Temple and Toledo all have offered Bogan already. The staff that offered him at Temple is now at Boston College, and Bogan will visit the Eagles this coming weekend.

Bogan said he cannot wait to meet with BC coach Steve Addazio, but he is also looking forward to seeing Boston again.

“I like the city of Boston, period,” Bogan said.