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Former Notre Dame QB Phil Jurkovec Explains Why He Left

Phil Jurkovec drops back to pass.

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA - OCTOBER 05: IPhil Jurkovec #15 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish warms up before the game against the Bowling Green Falcons at Notre Dame Stadium on October 05, 2019 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

QB Phil Jurkovec is set to play his junior season as a member of the Boston College Eagles. The now-former Notre Dame QB surprised some but not all with his decision to leave South Bend in January after Ian Book announced his decision to return. But in a recent interview, Jurkovec revealed that Book's return didn't have as much to do with leaving as we might think.

The Athletic reporter Matt Fortuna said that he spoke to Jurkovec, who explained what happened at Notre Dame. Jurkovec reportedly said that he was "losing the love for the game" as a member of the Fighting Irish.

Per the report, Jurkovec's issues in South Bend were not related to playing time. He completed 12 of 16 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns in six games this past year.

Interviewer Pete Sampson appeared taken aback by that revelation. Sampson explained that as he understood it, Notre Dame insiders believed Jurkovec would be great, as did head coach Brian Kelly.

But despite whatever fondness the Notre Dame staff may have for Jurkovec, that didn't translate to snaps. Ian Book has had the starting job on lockdown for the better part of two seasons. As a result, the former 4-star recruit has thrown just 18 passes in the last two years.

Jurkovec now heads to Boston College, where his dual-threat background and veteran status could give him an update in the Eagles' run-first offense.

Additionally, first-year head coach Jeff Hafley owes no allegiance to any of the incumbent starters. So Jurkovec will likely be on even footing with his competitors.

Did Phil Jurkovec make the right decision in leaving Notre Dame and joining Boston College.