Marcus Outlow, Sherman Alston, Jordan Gowins Will Transfer

UPDATE: Nov. 30, 2015 9:12 p.m.: Boston College running back/wide receiver Sherman Alston, and running backs Marcus Outlow and Jordan Gowins will be departing the program.

Gowins, a freshman from St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, N.Y., confirmed the information via his personal Twitter account Wednesday evening.

Gowins rushed for 43 yards on 15 attempts this season. He was largely considered a candidate for a redshirt this year, but given the massive influx of injuries to the Eagles running back corps this season, head coach Steve Addazio activated him for the Oct. 10 game against Wake Forest University. In that game, Gowins had a crucial fumble that led to the Demon Deacons’ lone, game-winning field goal.


Alston was a key component to BC’s game last year against the University of Southern California, when his double-reverse jet sweep touchdown run helped clinch the Eagles’ 37-31 upset victory over the No. 9-ranked Trojans. Last season, Addazio used Alston on several trick plays similar to the USC one, helping him notch 352 yards on the ground in 34 attempts with two touchdowns, along with 175 yards through the air on 16 receptions, with two touchdowns.

This season, Alston has seen a lesser role in the Todd Fitch offense, running for 36 yards on 13 attempts along with seven catches for 77 yards. He was largely relegated to punt return duties, where he averaged 7.8 yards per punt on 23 total returns. Alston announced the news earlier today via his personal Instagram account.


Outlow’s departure was reported on Wednesday morning by Eagle Action‘s Eric Hoffses.

BC Athletics has confirmed that Outlow will not be with the program next year, and Outlow reiterated his intention to transfer to The Heights via email. A sophomore from Norwich (Conn.) Free Academy, Outlow gained 241 yards on 53 carries and a touchdown this season in nine games for the Eagles. This follows up an impressive freshman campaign, when Outlow rushed for 243 yards on 59 carries to go along with 11 catches for 103 yards. However, when healthy, Outlow often found himself behind Jonathan Hilliman, Myles Willis, and Tyler Rouse on Addazio’s depth chart and only started one game (last season against the University of Louisville).

The running back has expressed immense joy on Twitter to begin the next stage of his life as he leaves BC.

Additionally, Hoffses implied that Outlow may not be the only running back to leave the program following this season.

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