Maximilian Schulze-Geisthovel came from Germany to Boston College to play football. He'll also play try his hand — or foot — at football.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder hails from Drensteinfurt, a small town about 80 miles northwest of Düsseldorf. He appeared in 19 games (six starts) as a midfielder for the Eagles last season, scoring seven goals.
Now Schulze-Geisthovel will take his talents to the other football field. Boston College head coach Steve Addazio named him their kickoff specialist for 2017. He could also handle field goal duties if all goes well.
“Guy is going to really help us on kickoffs,” said Addazio. “He’s got a strong, live leg. He’s working on his field goals. But I know right now he’s going to help us on kickoff. He puts it high and deep and pretty consistently. He’s as strong a leg as I’ve seen here. So that’s a good thing.
"We’ll see how he does on the field goal part. Every once in a while, you get a little something. We don’t have a huge walk-on population, nature of the place. A lot of state schools have things like that pop up a little easier. But this is great. Nice little gift there.”
It's not clear if Schulze-Geisthovel has ever played competitive American football, or if he even had any experience prior to this year.