Boston College Football Notes: Wake Forest

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  • Boston College looks to start 2-0 for the third time under head coach Steve Addazio as the Eagles open the 2017 home schedule Saturday, Sept. 9 vs. Wake Forest.
  • ACC Network Extra has broadcast coverage of the game with Robert Lee (play-by-play) and Matt Chatham (color analyst) on the call. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Alumni Stadium.
  • Coverage on the Boston College IMG Sports Network begins at 12:30 p.m. with Jon Meterparel, Pete Cronan and Scott Mutryn. Fans can listen to the game locally on WEEI 850 AM, nationally on TuneIn and on Sirius channel 93 and XM channel 202.
  • The last time BC opened ACC play vs. Wake Forest was in Addazio’s first season at BC in 2013 as the Eagles topped the Demon Deacons 24-10 in Chestnut Hill.
  • Boston College opened the 2017 season with a 23-20 victory on the road at Northern Illinois.
  • Boston College and Wake Forest meet for the 25th time in series history Saturday.
  • BC is 13-9-2 all-time against Wake Forest, including a 9-6-1 mark in Chestnut Hill.
  • Boston College is 3-1 against Wake Forest under Steve Addazio, including last season’s 17-14 victory in the regular season finale in Winston-Salem to secure bowl eligibility for the Eagles.
  • The Eagles are 4-2 in their last six home games against Wake Forest.
  • BC has three natives from North Carolina on its 2017 roster. Senior defensive end Harold Landry (Spring Lake), redshirt freshman linebacker John Lamot (Graham) and freshman linebacker Ryan Whittelsey (Cary) are all from the Tar Heel State. Landry had three sacks in the win vs. Wake Forest last season and has six career tackles for loss against the Demon Deacons.
  • Boston College looks to go 2-0 against two FBS teams for the first time since 2007 Saturday at home vs. Wake Forest. The Eagles opened their 119th season of football with a 23-20 win at Northern Illinois on Sept. 1.
  • BC head coachSteve Addaziois in his fifth season at The Heights (25-27) and is 3-1 in home openers. The lone loss in a home opener under Addazio was a 30-20 setback against Pitt in 2014.
  • Under Addazio, BC is 9-7 in the month of September, including a 7-4 mark in September home games.
  • All-time, BC is 73-20-2 in home openers since 1900, including a 12-5 mark since 2000.
  • With a win against Wake Forest, Boston College will extend its winning streak to five games, dating back to last season. The last time BC won five consecutive games was in 2010 with five straight ACC wins to close out the regular season.

119th Season of Boston College Football

  • The 119th season of Boston College football began with a 23-20 victory at Northern Illinois on Sept. 1. All-time, BC is 653-481-37 in 1,171 games.
  • BC is 36th in NCAA history with 653 victories. The Eagles are one of eight ACC schools ranked in the top 40 all-time in victories.


Freshman at Quarterback

  • Redshirt freshman Anthony Brown was the second freshman in BC history to start a season opener under center in the Sept. 1 win at Northern Illinois. He is the only freshman quarterback in school history who started to win a season opener on the road.
  • Brown was 26-for-42 with 191 passing yards and two touchdowns in the NIU win. He threw one interception. Both his attempts and completion totals are the most a BC quarterback has logged under head coach Steve Addazio.
  • Redshirt freshman Justin Tuggle started the first game of 2009 against Northeastern and finished 3-of-5 passing for 56 yards with a touchdown in BC’s 54-0 victory.
  • Glenn Foley entered in the second quarter of his first game his redshirt freshman season and started the rest of the way. He owns BC’s freshman record for most passing attempts (349) and completions (182) in 1990.
  • Dave Shinskie played in all 13 games in 2009 and started the final 10 contests to set BC freshman records for passing yards (2,049) and passing touchdowns (15).
  • Doug Flutie started the final seven games of his true freshman season in 1981 and ended the year with 1,652 yards passing, 10 touchdowns, eight interceptions and he completed 54.7 percent of his passes.


Comparing First Starts

  • Anthony Brown did something in his first start that the top four career passing leaders in Boston College history could not do – win the game. Below is a comparison of the first career starts from Doug Flutie, Glenn Foley, Matt Ryan, Chase Rettig and Brown.


Doug Flutie (10/17/81 vs. Navy)

14-of-25, 118 yards, INT, 56.0 comp. %           L, 25-10


Glenn Foley (9/15/90 vs. No. 17 Ohio State)

20-of-41, 179 yards, 48.7 comp. %)     L, 31-10


Matt Ryan (11/27/04 vs. No. 17 Syracuse)

24-of-51, 200 yards, TD, 3 INT, 47.1 comp. %  L, 43-17


Chase Rettig (10/16/10 at No. 16 Florida State)

9-of-24, 95 yards, 37.5 comp. %          L, 24-19


Anthony Brown (9/1/17 at Northern Illinois)

26-of-42, 191 yards, 2 TD, INT, 61.9 comp. %  W, 23-20


Spreading the Wealth

  • Redshirt freshman quarterback Anthony Brown completed passes to eight different players in the season opening win at Northern Illinois.
  • Six players finished with multiple receptions, led by junior wide receiver Michael Walker’s eight receptions.
  • Walker led all BC players with 12 targets, followed by Kobay White and Jeff Smith (eight targets).
  • Brown was at his best throwing on first down, completing 64 percent of his attempts (9-of-14). The New Jersey native was pretty consistent no matter the down, completing 61 percent on second down (8-of-13), 57 percent on third down (8-of-14) and was a perfect 1-for-1 on fourth down.


The Last Time vs. Wake Forest (11/26/16)

  • Boston College rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Wake Forest 17-14 at BB&T Field. With the 17-14 victory, Boston College leads the all-time series against Wake Forest, 13-9-2, and have won three of the last four meetings. The Eagles are 4-3-1 all-time in Winston-Salem.
  • With the win, the Eagles improved to 6-6 on the season and achieved bowl eligibility. Head coach Steve Addazio joined Jack Bicknell as the only other BC coach to become bowl-eligible in three of their first four years at the helm.
  • The Eagles improved to 6-0 in 2016 when leading at halftime.
  • Junior defensive end Harold Landry tied a career-high with three sacks to put his name into the Boston College single-season record book. Landry surpassed Erik Storz (1997) and Mike Mamula (1994) to sit alone the single-season sack list.


Noting the Win Over Northern Illinois

  • Boston College opened its 119th season of college football with a 23-20 win at Northern Illinois Sept. 1 at Huskie Stadium. BC is 4-1 in season openers under Steve Addazio.
  • All-time, BC is 69-48-2 in season openers and 13-5 since 2000.
  • BC held NIU to 2-of-15 on third down conversions.
  • Brown threw the first touchdown of his career on a five-yard pass to Michael Walker to give BC its first lead of the game at 13-10 with 30 seconds remaining in the second quarter. It was Walker’s fifth career touchdown reception.
  • Redshirt freshman wide receiver Kobay White caught his first career reception on a 20-yard catch to move the sticks on third down. White finished the game with six receptions for 76 yards. He finished the game with 104 all-purpose yards, which also included 28 yards on kickoff returns.
  • The Eagles ran 92 plays in the game, more than any game in 2016. Last season’s game high was 84 against Buffalo (Oct. 1, 2016).
  • Sophomore tight end Ray Marten’s first career reception was a touchdown as he hauled in a four-yard touchdown pass from Brown to give BC a 20-10 lead.
  • Junior defensive back Will Harris collected a career-high 10 tackles, besting his previous high of eight, which he recorded at Virginia Tech on Sept. 17, 2016. His total tonight included seven solo stops and one tackle for a loss.
  • Junior defensive end Zach Allen recorded a career-high nine tackles, which included four solo tackles.
  • Sophomore middle linebacker Max Richardson earned his first career start.
  • Junior free safety Lukas Denis made his first career start for the Eagles. He recorded his second career interception, along with two pass breakups and assisted on a tackle for a loss.
  • Senior PK Max Schulze-Geisthovel appeared in his first game as an Eagle after playing on the men’s soccer team last season at BC. Schulze-Geisthovel finished with three touchbacks.


Scouting This Week’s Opponent: Wake Forest

  • Wake Forest opened the 2017 season in style with a 51-7 dominating win over Presbyterian.
  • In the biggest win of the Dave Clawson era, the Demon Deacons worked a balanced attack of rushing (248) and passing (239). The Deacon defense held Presbyterian to 248 yards of total offense and limited the Blue Hose to just two pass completions.
  • Quarterback John Wolford earned the starting nod and went 11-for-15 complete with three touchdown passes and 107 yards passing. Wolford also rushed six times for 47 yards and one touchdown. Kendall Hinton took over for Wolford late in the second quarter and went 7-for-8 passing with two touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown. Redshirt freshman Jamie Newman took over for quarterback in the fourth quarter.
  • Clawson is 14-24 in his four seasons at Wake Forest and 104-104 overall in his 18 years as a head coach. • The Demon Deacons return 43 letterwinners and 17 starters from last season’s 7-6 squad that won the Military Bowl against Temple.
  • Wake starting quarterback John Wolford is the brother of former BC fullback Bobby Wolford, who graduated last season.


Snap Count

  • Four defenders played every snap in the win at Northern Illinois as senior linebacker Connor Strachan, senior cornerback Kamrin Moore, junior strong safety Will Harris and junior free safety Lukas Denis were on the field for all 78 snaps.


Experience Up Front

  • Boston College started three seniors and two juniors on the offensive line in the victory over Northern Illinois. Junior Aaron Monteiro started at left tackle, senior Sam Schmal at left guard, senior Jon Baker at center, junior Chris Lindstrom at right guard and graduate transfer Marcell Lazard at right tackle.
  • The starting five on the offensive line at NIU have combined for 82 starts and have played in 126 career games entering Saturday’s tilt against Wake Forest.
  • Monteiro and Lindstrom were on the field for every play against NIU while Baker played all of one snap against the Huskies.
  • The unit gave up two sacks in 42 passing attempts. The 42 passes attempted were the most by Boston College team since the Eagles threw 51 passes against Wake Forest on Nov. 3, 2012 (28-14 loss at Wake).


Counting on Kobay

  • Redshirt freshman wide receiver Kobay White had quite the debut as an Eagle at Northern Illinois. The Harrisburg, Pa., native led BC with 76 yards receiving on six receptions, including a critical 12-yard reception on 4th down to keep BC’s game-winning drive alive.
  • White led all BC players with 104 all-purpose yards in the NIU victory.
  • White led all BC players with four 15-yard plus plays in the NIU victory, including three receptions covering 15-plus yards. Four of White’s six receptions against NIU resulted in first downs.


Colton Coming Up Clutch

  • Junior PK Colton Lichtenberg recorded a career-high nine points on a career-high three field goals in his best career performance Sept. 1 at NIU. The Georgia native was a perfect 3-for-3 in the 23-20 win at Northern Illinois, including the game-winning field goal from 37 yards out with 2:13 to play.
  • He hit a 42-yarder to tie the game at three in the first quarter. It was the second-longest field goal of his career. Lichtenberg struck again from 35 yards out in the second quarter. He hit the game winner with 2:13 to play, a 37-yard field goal, to break a 20-20 tie and give BC the win.


Setting the Tempo

  • Boston College ran 92 plays out of a no-huddle, up-tempo offense in the win at Northern Illinois. It was the most plays run under head coach Steve Addazio, beating the previous game-high of 86 vs. UMass in 2014.
  • The 92 plays were the most by a BC team since the Eagles joined the ACC in 2005. Only three other times since 2005 has BC ran 90 plays in a game – 2007 vs. Army (90), 2005 vs. Florida State (90) and 2005 vs. Clemson (90).
  • Heading into the 2016 Quick Lane Bowl, BC shifted its focus to an up-tempo, no-huddle offense. The results were immediate as the Eagles scored 29 points in the first half and 36 for the game in a 36-30 victory over Maryland.


Total Plays in a Single-Game (since 2005)

  1. Northern Illinois (9/1/17)92
  2. Army (9/22/07)90

Florida State (9/17/05) 90

Clemson (9/24/05)        90

  1. UMass (8/30/14)86
  2. Maine (9/20/14)85

Miami (9/1/12)  85

  1. Buffalo (10/1/16)84
  2. Maryland (11/10/07)83
  3. Wake Forest (10/1/11)82

Wake Forest (11/4/06)  82

Duke (11/11/06)           82


Red Zone Success

  • Boston College was a perfect 4-for-4 in the red zone in the Sept. 1 victory at NIU. The Eagles scored two touchdowns and two field goals on their four trips into the red zone against the Huskies.
  • In 2016, BC finished the year with an 82 % success rate in the red zone (22 touchdowns in the 32 red zone scores).



Preseason Award Watch List

  • The following list of Eagles were named to various preseason award watch lists and All-America teams:


Harold Landry, Senior Defensive End

AP Preseason All-America First Team Preseason All-America First Team

USA Today Preseason All-America First Team

Sports Illustrated Preseason All-America First Team

Phil Steele Preseason All-America First Team

Athlon Preseason All-America First Team

Lindy’s Preseason All-America First Team

Street & Smith’s Preseason All-America First Team

Preseason All-ACC First Team

Walter Camp Football Player of the Year Watch List

Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List

Maxwell Award Watch List

Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List


Jon Baker, Senior Center

Rimington Trophy Watch List


Tommy Sweeney, Junior Tight End

John Mackey Award Watch List


Jeff Smith, Junior Wide Receiver 

Paul Hornung Award Watch List


Darius Wade, Junior Quarterback

Golden Arm Award Watch List


Jon Hilliman, Junior Running Back

Doak Walker Award Watch List


The Nation’s Leader Returns

  • Boston College defensive end Harold Landry decided to return to Boston College for his senior season in January. The All-American led the nation in sacks in 2016 with 16.5.
  • Landry led the country with seven forced fumbles en route to Walter Camp and Associated Press All-America honors.
  • Landry finished with one of the best seasons of any defensive player in the country in 2016. An AP All-ACC first-team selection, Landry was also selected as the Division I Gold Helmet of the Year Award recipient, given annually to the top player in New England by the New England Football Writers’ Association and the recipient of the 78th annual George “Bulger” Lowe Award, “New England’s Heisman Trophy” and one of America’s oldest college football accolades.
  • Landry, who collected All-ACC second-team honors by the media and coaches, was one of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award, given annually to the nation’s top defensive end.
  • The North Carolina native led the nation with 16.5 sacks and seven fumbles forced. Landry rewrote the Boston College single-season record for sacks in 2016, breaking the old mark of 13 held by Eric Storz (1997) and Mike Mamula (1994). Landry was fifth in the country with 22.0 tackles-for-loss, the second-best total in Boston College single-season history behind only Mathias Kiwanuka’s 25.5 TFLs in 2004.
  • Since 2005, only two players have led the nation in sacks and decided to return to school instead of opting for the NFL Draft: Harold Landry and Von Miller (Texas A&M).
  • Landry recorded at least one sack in 10 of BC’s 13 games in 2016. He set the BC single-season sack record, breaking the mark of 13 held by Erik Storz in 1997 and Mike Mamula in 1994.
  • For his career, Landry has 21 sacks, third in BC history.
  • Landry finished 2016 with 22 tackles-for-loss, the second-best single-season total in BC history.


BC Career Sacks Leaders

  1. Mathias Kiwanuka (2002-05)37.5
  2. Mike Mamula (1992-94)24
  3. Harold Landry (2014-present)21
  4. Chris Hovan (1996-99)20.5
  5. Erik Storz (1994-97)19


BC Career TFL Leaders

  1. Mathias Kiwanuka (2002-05)65.5
  2. Luke Kuechly (2009-11)44
  3. Chris Hovan (1996-99)43
  4. Harold Landry (2014-present)39
  5. Tim Bulman (2001-04)38


In the ACC …

  • Landry’s 16.5 sacks in 2016 ranked third in ACC single-season history. Only Peter Boulware (FSU) and Charles Bowser (Duke) recorded more sacks in one season.


All-Time ACC Single-Season Sacks Leaders

  1. Peter Boulware, Florida State (1996)19.0
  2. Charles Bowser, Duke (1981)17.5
  3. Harold Landry, Boston College (2016)16.5
  4. Lawrence Taylor, North Carolina (1980)16.0

Keith Adams, Clemson (1999)  16.0

Andre Wadsworth, Florida State (1997)            16.0


All-ACC Linebacker Returns

  • Senior linebacker Connor Strachan collected All-ACC honorable mention honors in 2016 and returns as one of the top defensive players in the nation in 2017.
  • Strachan earned All-ACC honors for the first time after the junior led the Eagles with 80 tackles in 2016. Appearing in 12 games including 12 starts, Strachan is third on the team with 11.0 tackles-for-loss and led the Eagles with four fumble recoveries. The four fumbles recovered ranked second nationally.
  • Strachan played every snap in the win at NIU and finished with a key stop on fourth down to stall a NIU drive. The senior also made his first start at strongside linebacker after playing middle linebacker during his first three years at The Heights.


Sack, Sack, Sack the Quarterback

  • Under the direction of defensive coordinator Jim Reid, Boston College tied a school record and finished second in the nation with 47 sacks in 2016.
  • Reid, who was also the defensive coordinator at BC in 1994, equaled the school record for single-season sacks as his 1994 BC defense also totaled 47 sacks.
  • BC returns 69 percent of their sack production in 2017 led by Harold Landry (16.5 sacks in 2016). In all, the Eagles have 32.5 combined sacks returning to the field this season.
  • BC snapped a streak of 14 consecutive games with at least one sack after not getting a sack in the win at NIU on Sept. 1. The last time previous to NIU when BC went without a sack was Nov. 21, 2014 vs. Notre Dame.


NCAA Team Sacks Leaders (2016)

  1. Florida State (ACC)51 (3.92 per game)
  2. Boston College (ACC)47 (3.62 per game)
  3. Alabama (SEC)54 (3.60 per game)
  4. Michigan (Big Ten)46 (3.54 per game)
  5. Texas (Big 12)41 (3.42 per game)


It All Starts on Defense

  • One of head coach Steve Addazio’s staples to building the Boston College football program has been to have a top-notch defense. BC finished ninth nationally in total defense in 2016, allowing just 314.2 yards per game.
  • The 2016 BC defense ranked on eight top-10 lists nationally, including ninth in total defense (314.2 yards/game), second in sacks (3.62 sacks/game) and 10th in turnovers gained (27).
  • In 2015, the Eagles ended the year first in total defense (254.3 yards per game).
  • Addazio’s 2014 squad finished the season ranked 11th nationally in total defense as the Eagles yielded just 324.2 yards per contest.


Get Off The Field

  • The Boston College defense has had great success in recent years with third down defense. The Eagles held NIU to just 2-of-15 on third down conversions in the Sept. 1 win in DeKalb.
  • The Eagles are currently tied for 10th nationally in third down defense.
  • BC finished the 2016 season tied for ninth nationally in third down defense (31.5 %) and led the nation in third down defense in 2015 (24.1 %).


First Bowl Win Since 2007

  • Boston College earned its first bowl victory since 2007 with a 36-30 victory over Maryland in the 2016 Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit on Dec. 26.
  • Boston College is 14-11 all-time in 25 bowl appearances. The last bowl victory prior to the win over Maryland was a 24-21 win over Michigan State on Dec. 28, 2007 in the Champs Sports Bowl. Matt Ryan threw for 249 yards and three touchdowns to cap an 11-win season for the Eagles in 2007.
  • The 29-point first half were the most points scored in a half by the Eagles in 2016, surpassing the previous high of 28 against Wagner (Sept. 24). It is the most first-half points BC has scored against a Power Five opponent since recording 24 vs. NC State on Oct. 17, 2009.
  • Boston College’s 29 first-half points marked the third-best first half scoring in BC’s bowl history. The 2002 Eagles scored 42 in the first half vs. Toledo in the Motor City Bowl and the Eagles scored 31 in the first half of the 1985 Cotton Bowl against Houston.
  • The defensive line was named Most Outstanding Player in the 2016 Quick Lane Bowl. Boston College finished with eight sacks and 14 tackles-for-loss.




Coming of Age

  • After starting two sophomores at wide receiver and a sophomore at tight end in 2016, the BC offense will have plenty of veterans to rely on in 2017.
  • The team’s top five returning receivers return in 2017, led by juniors Michael Walker and Jeff Smith.
  • Walker led the team in receptions (33) and receiving yards (420) in 2016 while Smith was second on the team in receptions (27) and receiving yards (395). Both players showed big-play potential with long touchdown receptions of 49 and 58 yards, respectively.
  • Junior tight end Tommy Sweeney contributed 26 receptions for 353 yards in 13 starts a year ago, including game-winning touchdown receptions in road victories at NC State and Wake Forest.


Baker, Moore Named 2017 Captains

  • Senior center Jon Baker and senior defensive back Kamrin Moore were voted team captains by their teammates, Boston College head coach Steve Addazio announced on Aug. 25.
  • Baker enters 2017 with 26 consecutive starts at center, the longest current streak on the team. The Millis, Mass., native was named to the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, an award given annually to the nation’s top center. A two-time ACC All-Academic team selection and three-time Athletic Director’s award winner for academic achievement, Baker enters the season as one of the top centers in the ACC. Baker has played in 35 consecutive games.
  • Moore enters 2017 after starting all 13 games last season for the Eagles. The District Heights, Md., product recorded 43 tackles a year ago and totaled two interceptions, including the game-winning INT in the road victory at NC State. For his career, Moore has played in 34 games and has made 21 starts over the last 21 games he has played in.


Three Bowls in Four Years

  • Head coach Steve Addazio joined Jack Bicknell as the only coaches in Boston College history to lead the Eagles to three bowl games in their first four seasons at The Heights. Under Addazio’s leadership, BC has won seven games in three of his four seasons in Chestnut Hill and led the Eagles to their first bowl win since 2007 with the 2016 Quick Lane Bowl victory over Maryland.
  • During Addazio’s tenure, 11 players have been selected in the NFL Draft, including two members of last season’s team (John Johnson, Third round pick of the Los Angeles Rams in the 2017 NFL Draft and Matt Milano, Fifth round pick of the Buffalo Bills).


Brown Added to Assistant Coaching Staff

  • Boston College head coach Steve Addazio announced in January that former Boston College standout Ricky Brown joined the coaching staff as one of the nine full-time assistant coaches. Brown serves as BC’s special teams coordinator and coaches the outside linebackers.
  • Brown spent the 2016 season as Boston College’s Director of Football Initiatives.
  • Brown was an outstanding linebacker for the Eagles from 2002-05 and won the 2005 Scanlan Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a BC football player as it recognizes accomplishments on the field, in the classroom and in the community.
  • Following his career at BC, Brown signed as an undrafted free agent with the Oakland Raiders and spent seven seasons in the NFL.



  • The following coaches are in the press box during the game for Boston College:


Offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler

Defensive coordinator Jim Reid


  • The following coaches are on the sideline during the game:


Special teams coordinator/SLB coach Ricky Brown

Offensive line coach Justin Frye

Defensive backs coach Anthony Campanile

Tight ends coach Frank Leonard

Wide receivers coach Rich Gunnell

Defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni

Running backs coach Brian White


Returning Firepower for the Eagles

(Percentage of 2016 statistics returning)

Rushing Yards 64.8%

Passing Yards  0.07%

Receiving Yards           93.6%

Punt Return Yards       0.02%

Kickoff Return Yards    20.5%

Scoring 75.1%

Tackles 66.7%

Sacks   71.3%

Interceptions    66.7%


This is Boston College Football

  • 25 bowl appearances (including 15 of the last 18 years)
  • 13 Consensus All-Americans
  • 10 College Hall of Fame Members
  • Three Conference Players of the Year
  • Tradition-filled program that has included players who have won the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award, Outland Trophy, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Manning Award, Dick Butkus Award, Rotary Lombardi Award, Bronko Nagurski Award, Doak Walker Award


Heading Into 2017

  • Boston College enters 2017 with off-season momentum after the Eagles earned their first bowl win since 2007 with a 36-30 victory over Maryland in the 2016 Quick Lane Bowl.
  • The Eagles won their final three games of the 2016 season and return 46 letterwinners and 17 starters in 2017.
  • BC returns the majority of its offense in 2017 as nine starters return, including the two running backs on the depth chart along with three starters at wide receiver and the team’s starting tight end. The Eagles lose the services of 2016 starter at quarterback – graduate transfer Patrick Towles – as graduate student Darius Wade and redshirt freshman Anthony Brown headline the competition to replace Towles under center.
  • Defensively, seven starters return from the nation’s No. 9 total defense in 2016 as the unit finished second in the nation with 47 sacks. The 47 sacks equaled the school record, set also in 1994, when Jim Reid was the Eagles’ defensive coordinator as well.


Welcome to The Heights

  • Martin Jarmond was named the William V. Campbell Director of Athletics on April 24, 2017, becoming the eighth athletic director in Boston College history. At 37, Jarmond became the youngest athletic director of a Power Five conference institution in Division 1 athletics.
  • Jarmond, who has more than 15 years of experience in the Big Ten, came from The Ohio State University where he served as the Deputy Director of Athletics and Chief of Staff to Buckeyes’ athletic director Gene Smith. Jarmond spent eight years in Columbus after spending seven at Michigan State.
  • A native of Fayetteville, N.C., Jarmond graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. He was a two-time captain of the basketball team, earned All-CAA Academic honors and helped the Seahawks gain their first NCAA tournament appearance in 2000. He earned both an MBA (2002) and a master’s in sports administration (2003) from Ohio University.
  • Jarmond and Harold Landry are both graduates of Pine Forest High School in North Carolina.






4 Darius Wade

(6-0, 215, Grad. student, Middletown, Del.)

  • Saw action in nine games in 2016.
  • Played in 15 career games with three career starts.
  • Starter for the first three games in 2015 before an injury in game three against Florida State ended his season.
  • Season-high 33 yards on a 3-for-4 day against Wagner (9/24/16).
  • Career-long 24-yard pass against Buffalo (10/1/16).
  • 21 passing yards (1-for-2) and 10 rushing yards on two attempts at Florida State (11/11/16).



Attempts: 25 vs. Maine, 9/5/15

Completions: 14 vs. Maine, 9/5/15

Yards: 155 vs. Maine, 9/5/15

Long Pass: 24 vs. Buffalo, 10/1/16

Rushes: 11 vs. Maine, 9/5/15

Rush yards: 18 vs. Maine, 9/5/15

Long rush: 17 (2x) last vs. Howard, 9/12/15


13 Anthony Brown

(6-1, 210, R-Fr., Cliffwood, N.J.)

  • Second BC freshman quarterback to start a season opener in school history.
  • 26-of-42 passing for 191 yards and two touchdowns in the NIU win (9/1/17).
  • Both his attempts and completion totals are the most a BC quarterback has logged under head coach Steve Addazio.



Attempts: 42 at Northern Illinois, 9/1/17

Completions: 26 at Northern Illinois, 9/1/17

Yards: 191 at Northern Illinois, 9/1/17

TD Passes: 2 at Northern Illinois, 9/1/17

Long Pass: 21 at Northern Illinois, 9/1/17

Interceptions: 1 at Northern Illinois, 9/1/17

Rushes: 7 at Northern Illinois, 9/1/17

Rush yards: 10 at Northern Illinois, 9/1/17

Long rush: 9 at Northern Illinois, 9/1/17



2 AJ Dillon

(6-0, 240. Fr., New London, Conn.)

  • Rated the No. 1 player in Massachusetts and the No. 20 running back nationally by
  • Standout performer for former BC standout Paul Zukauskas at Lawrence Academy in Massachusetts.
  • Chose to attend Boston College over Michigan.
  • First career game at Northern Illinois (9/1/17).



Rush attempts: 5 at Northern Illinois, 9/1/17

Rush yards: 20 at Northern Illinois, 9/1/17

Long rush: 6 at Northern Illinois, 9/1/17


16 Davon Jones

(5-10, 220, So., Worcester, Mass.)

  • Played in all 13 games as a redshirt freshman in 2016, including one start at running back.
  • Second on the team with 361 rushing yards in 2016, averaging 4.0 yards per carry.
  • Scored two rushing touchdowns and also threw a touchdown pass in the win at NC State (10/29/16).



Rush attempts: 12 vs Wagner, 9/24/16

Rush yards: 90 vs Wagner, 9/24/16

Long rush: 26 vs Wagner, 9/24/16

Receptions: 2 vs. Clemson, 10/7/16

Long reception: 38 vs Buffalo, 10/1/16

All-purpose yards: 91 vs. Buffalo, 10/1/16


32 Jon Hilliman

(6-0, 220, Jr., Plainfield, N.J.)

  • Tied for 11th in Boston College history with 21 career rushing touchdowns.
  • Holds school record for rushing attempts for a freshman (210) in 2014.
  • Appeared in 30 career games with 21 career starts at running back.
  • Career-long 73-yard run for a touchdown in the 2016 season-opener in Ireland vs. Georgia Tech (9/3/16).
  • Five career 100-yard rushing games.



Points scored: 12 (5x) last vs. Louisville, 11/8/14

Touchdowns: 2 (6x) last vs. Wagner, 9/24/16

Rush attempts: 29 vs. Maryland, 12/26/16

Rush yards: 148 vs. Penn State, 12/27/14

Rush TDs: 2 (6x) last vs. Wagner, 9/24/16

Long rush: 73 vs. Georgia Tech, 9/3/16

Receptions: 3 vs. Maine, 9/5/15

Receiving yards: 33 vs. Maine, 9/5/15

Long reception: 17 vs. Maine, 9/5/15

Total offense attempts: 29 vs. Maryland, 12/26/16

Total offense yards: 148 vs. Penn State, 12/27/14

All-purpose yards: 148 vs. Penn State, 12/27/14


35 Travis Levy

(5-11, 190, Fr., Olney, Md.)

  • Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior at Sherwood High School in 2016.
  • Led Sherwood to a 10-1 record after rushing for 1,809 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior.
  • Rated the No. 2 running back in Maryland and the fifth-best running back in the East by
  • Enrolled at Boston College in January of 2017.
  • First career game at Northern Illinois (9/1/17).



3 Michael Walker

(6-0, 195, Jr., Naples, Fla.)

  • Led BC in receptions (33), receiving yards (420) and receiving touchdowns (4) in 2016.
  • Long reception of 49 yards for a touchdown in the Quick Lane Bowl victory against Maryland (12/26/16).
  • Led BC in receptions (8) and targets (12) in the Northern Illinois win (9/1/17).
  • 50 yards receiving and his fifth career TD vs. NIU.



Rush attempts: 1 vs. Howard, 9/12/15

Rush yards: 14 vs. Howard, 9/12/15

Long rush: 14 vs. Howard, 9/12/15

Receptions: 7 at NC State, 10/29/16

Receiving yards: 78 at NC State, 10/29/16

Receiving TDs: 1 (5x) last at Northern Illinois, 9/1/17

Long reception: 49 vs. Maryland, 12/26/16

All-purpose yards: 152 vs. Virginia Tech, 10/31/15

Kick returns: 5 vs. Virginia Tech, 10/31/15

Kick return yards: 152 vs. Virginia Tech, 10/31/15

Long kick return: 67 vs. Notre Dame, 11/21/15


6 Jeff Smith

(6-1, 190, Jr., St. Petersburg, Fla.)

  • Played in all 13 games as a sophomore with six starts in 2016.
  • Transitioned to wide receiver from quarterback in the spring of 2016.
  • Second on the team in receptions (27) and receiving yards (395) in 2016.
  • Three receptions for 18 yards (eight targets) in the win at Northern Illinois (9/1/17).
  • Three rushing attempts for 26 yards (8.7 yards per carry) in the NIU victory.



Receptions: 5 (2x) last vs. Buffalo, 10/1/16

Receiving yards: 98 vs. Massachusetts, 9/10/16

Long reception: 58 vs. Wagner, 9/24/16

Points scored: 18 vs. Howard, 9/5/15

Touchdowns: 3 vs. Howard, 9/5/15

Rushes: 13 at Syracuse, 11/28/15

Rush yards: 117 at Syracuse, 11/28/15

Rush TDs: 3 vs. Howard, 9/5/15

Long rush: 80 vs. Notre Dame, 11/21/15

Attempts: 22 at Clemson, 10/1715

All-purpose yards: 121 vs Connecticut, 11/19/16

Completions: 7 at Clemson, 10/17/15

Pass TDs: 1 (2x) last vs. Notre Dame, 11/21/15

Long pass: 39 at Clemson, 10/17/15

Passing yards: 87 at Clemson, 10/17/15


83 Charlie Callinan

(6-4, 235, Grad. student., Westfield, N.J.)

  • Leads the team among active players with 39 career games played and 29 career starts.
  • Played in 13 games in 2016 with nine starts at wide receiver.
  • Fourth among the receivers with 286 yards last season.
  • One reception for five yards in a starting role at Northern Illinois (9/1/17).



Points scored: 6 (3x) last vs. Notre Dame, 11/21/15

Touchdowns: 1 (3x) last vs. Notre Dame, 11/21/15

Receptions: 4 (2x) last vs. Louisville, 11/5/16

Receiving yards: 64 vs. Clemson, 10/18/14

Receiving TDs: 1 (3x), last vs. Notre Dame, 11/21/15

Long reception: 35 vs. Clemson, 10/18/14

All-purpose yards: 64 vs. Clemson, 10/18/14



81 Chris Garrison

(6-3, 240, So., Goffstown, N.H.)

  • Played in the first five games in 2016 before suffering a season-ending leg injury.
  • Two starts at wide receiver with five receptions for 90 yards last season.
  • Versatile player who can lineup at wide receiver, in the slot or at tight end.
  • Started in two tight end formation in the win at Northern Illinois (9/1/17), finishing with one reception for 17 yards to setup a BC touchdown.



Receptions: 2 at Virginia Tech, 9/17/16

Receiving yards: 44 vs. Buffalo, 10/1/16

Long reception: 44 vs. Buffalo, 10/1/16


89 Tommy Sweeney

(6-5, 255, Jr., Ramsey, N.J.)

  • Started all 13 games he appeared in at tight end in 2016.
  • Third on the team with 353 receiving yards and 26 receptions.
  • Two game-winning touchdown receptions in 2016 – at NC State (10/29/16) and at Wake Forest (11/26/16).



Receptions: 5 at NC State, 10/29/16

Receiving yards: 78 at NC State, 10/29/16

Long reception: 24 vs. Maryland, 12/26/16

Receiving TDs: 1 (3x) last vs. Maryland, 12/26/16



67 Aaron Monteiro

(6-7, 315. Jr., Brockton, Mass.)

  • Started all 12 games he played in at left tackle as a sophomore in 2016.
  • Earned playing time in six games, including five starts, as a true freshman in 2015.
  • Eighth consecutive start at left tackle in the season opening win at Northern Illinois (9/1/17).
  • Played all 94 snaps against NIU.


73 Sam Schmal

(6-7, 300. Sr., Atlanta, Ga.)

  • Played in his 18th career game and second career start at left guard in the win at Northern Illinois (9/1/17).
  • Logged 88 snaps at left guard in the NIU win.


74 Marcell Lazard

(6-6, 310. Grad. Student, Bloomfield, N.J.)

  • Played in his 27th career game (first at Boston College) in the season opener at Northern Illinois (9/1/17).
  • 13th career start against NIU overall at right tackle.
  • Played 38 snaps in the NIU victory.


75 Chris Lindstrom

(6-4, 355. Jr., Dudley, Mass.)

  • Second on the team in career starts (23) and career games played (26) on the offensive line.
  • Started at right guard in the season opener and also played at right tackle at NIU (9/1/17).
  • Played all 94 snaps against NIU and graded out as the team’s top lineman (80 %) against the Huskies (9/1/17).
  • Started all 13 games at right guard in 2016.
  • Saw playing time in 12 games as a true freshman in 2015, including the final nine starts of the year at right guard.
  • Played at just 260 pounds as a true freshman in 2015.


77 Jon Baker

(6-3, 300, Sr., Millis, Mass.)

  • Voted by his teammates as a captain in 2017.
  • Played all but one snap in the win at Northern Illinois (9/1/17) in his 26th consecutive start at center.
  • Named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List.
  • Started all 13 games at center in 2016 and has started 26 straight games at center.
  • Has played in 36 consecutive games.
  • Two-time All-ACC Academic Team member and three-time Athletic Director’s Award for Academic Achievement at BC.



2 Zach Allen

(6-5, 285. Jr., New Canaan, Conn.)

  • Started season opener at Northern Illinois (9/1/17) and totaled a career-high nine tackles.
  • Played in all 13 games with one start in 2016 at defensive end.
  • 36 tackles and third on the team with 6.5 sacks in 2016.
  • Fifth on the team with 10 tackles-for-loss last year.
  • Set career-high with two sacks in the Quick Lane Bowl victory over Maryland (12/26/16).



Tackles: 9 at Northern Illinois, 9/1/17

Tackles for loss: 2.5 at Massachusetts, 9/10/16

Sacks: 2.0 vs. Maryland, 12/26/16

Fumbles Recovered: 1 (2x) last at NC State, 10/29/16


7 Harold Landry

(6-3, 250. Sr., Spring Lake, N.C.)

  • Led the nation in sacks (16.5) and forced fumbles (7) in 2016.
  • Second Team All-American as a junior (Associated Press, Walter Camp Football Foundation).
  • Finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award as a junior.
  • 2017 Preseason All-America selection.
  • Set BC single-season record with 16.5 sacks in 2016.



Tackles: 11 vs. Florida State, 9/18/15

Tackles for loss: 5 vs. Wagner, 9/24/16

Sacks: 3 (2x) last at Wake Forest, 11/26/16

Forced Fumbles: 2 vs Maine, 9/5/15

Fumbles Recovered: 1 at Louisville, 10/24/15

Interceptions: 1 vs. Maryland, 12/26/16

Long INT Return: 20 yards vs. Maryland, 12/26/16


11 Wyatt Ray

(6-3, 250. Jr., Boca Raton, Fla.)

  • Has played in every game over the last three seasons (26).
  • 27 tackles, 7.0 tackles-for-loss and 4.5 sacks in 2016.
  • Tallied a sack in the Quick Lane Bowl as the BC defensive line earned bowl game MVP honors.



Tackles: 4 at Virginia Tech, 9/17/16

Sacks: 1.5 at Massachusetts, 9/10/16

Tackles for loss: 1.5 at Massachusetts, 9/10/16

Pass breakups: 1 at Clemson, 10/17/15


96 Ray Smith

(6-1, 305. Jr., Carlsbad, Calif.)

  • Three tackles as the starter at nose tackle in the win at Northern Illinois (9/1/17).
  • Played in 10 games with nine starts at nose tackle in 2016.
  • Strong run-stopper who is the anchor of the BC interior defensive line.
  • 24 tackles, 3.0 TFLs and one sack in 2016.



Tackles: 5 vs. Buffalo, 10/1/16

Sacks: 1.0 vs. Maryland, 12/26/16



10 Ty Schwab

(6-0, 240. Sr., Merritt Island, Fla.)

  • Six tackles in his 14th consecutive start at weakside linebacker in the victory at Northern Illinois (9/1/17).
  • Started all 13 games at weakside linebacker in 2016.
  • Third on the team with 61 tackles as a junior.
  • Recorded 5.5 TFLs, one sack, one interception and two pass breakups in 2016.
  • Career-high 10 tackles vs. Clemson (10/7/16).



Tackles: 10 vs. Clemson, 10/7/16

Tackles for a loss: 1.0 (2x) last at NC State, 10/29/16

Interceptions: 1 at NC State, 10/29/16

Sacks: 1 vs. Louisville, 11/5/16


13 Connor Strachan

(6-0, 230. Sr., Wellesley, Mass.)

  • Moved from middle linebacker to strongside linebacker in 2017.
  • All-ACC honorable mention in 2016.
  • Played in 12 games with 11 starts at middle linebacker as a junior.
  • Tied for second in the nation and first in the ACC with four recovered fumbles in 2016.
  • Led BC with 80 tackles as a junior.
  • Third on the team with 11 TFLs and added 3.5 sacks in 2016.



Tackles: 12 vs. Clemson, 10/17/15

Sacks: 2.5 at Massachusetts, 9/10/16

Tackles for loss: 4 vs. Georgia Tech, 9/3/16

Interceptions: 1 (2x) last vs. Wake Forest, 10/10/15

Long interception return: 16 vs. Howard, 9/12/15

Fumbles forced: 1 at Massachusetts, 9/10/16

Fumbles recovered: 1 (5x) last vs. Buffalo, 10/1/16

Pass breakups: 1 (3x) last at Clemson, 10/17/15


14 Max Richardson

(6-0, 230, So., Duluth, Ga.)

  • First-year starter at middle linebacker.
  • Saw action in 11 games as a true freshman, mostly on special teams.
  • Suffered a foot injury in spring practice and missed the first two weeks of preseason camp.



Tackles: 3 at Florida State, 11/11/16

Tackles for a loss: 0.5 at Virginia Tech, 9/17/16

Fumbles forced: 1 at Florida State, 11/11/16



5 Kamrin Moore

(5-11, 200. Sr., District Heights, Md.)

  • Voted by his teammates as a captain in 2017.
  • 14th consecutive start at cornerback in the victory at Northern Illinois (9/1/17), staying on the field for all 78 plays.
  • Started all 13 games at right corner in 2016 and finished the year with 43 tackles.
  • Two interceptions in 2016, including the game-winning interception in the end zone at NC State (10/29/16).
  • Started the first eight games in 2015 at corner before suffering a season-ending leg injury at Louisville (10/24/15).



Tackles: 10 vs. No. 3 Clemson, 10/17/15

Tackles for loss: 1.0 (2x) last vs. No. 3 Clemson, 10/17/15

Pass breakups: 1 (11x) last at Northern Illinois, 9/1/17

Fumble recovery: 1 vs. Connecticut, 11/19/16

Interceptions: 1 (2x) last vs. Connecticut, 11/19/16


8 Will Harris

(6-2, 210, Jr., Suwanee, Ga.)

  • Career-high 10 tackles in his 17th consecutive start at strong safety in the victory at Northern Illinois (9/1/17).
  • Started all 13 games at strong safety in 2016.
  • Recorded 47 tackles, two interceptions and four pass breakups as a sophomore.
  • Played in 12 games with three starts at strong safety as a true freshman in 2015.



Tackles: 10 at Northern Illinois, 9/1/17

Tackles for a loss: 1.0 (2x) last at NIU, 9/1/17

Interceptions: 1 (three) last vs. Syracuse, 10/22/16

Forced Fumbles: 1, vs. Virginia Tech, 10/31/15


20 Isaac Yiadom

(6-1, 190, Sr., Worcester, Mass.)

  • Presented with the Jay McGillis Memorial Scholarship Award at the conclusion of 2017 spring practice.
  • 16th career start at cornerback in the victory at Northern Illinois (9/1/17).
  • Tied a career-high with six tackles at NIU.
  • Played in all 13 games with eight starts at left corner in 2016.
  • Led BC with 10 pass breakups as a junior and ended the season with 26 tackles.



Tackles: 6 (2x) last at Northern Illinois, 9/1/17

Tackles for a loss: 1.0 vs. Maryland, 12/26/16

Pass breakups: 3 vs. Buffalo, 10/1/16

Interceptions: 1 at Louisville, 10/25/15

Fumbles forced: 1 at Massachusetts, 9/10/16

21 Lukas Denis

(5-11, 185, Jr., Everett, Mass.)

  • Made the move from cornerback to free safety and enters 2017 as the starter at free safety.
  • First career start in the win at Northern Illinois (9/1/17), finishing with a career-high four tackles and second career interception.
  • Played in 11 games in 2016, including his first career start at Florida State (11/11/16).
  • Recorded first career interception at Wake Forest (11/26/16) to seal the victory and help BC become bowl-eligible.



Tackles: 4 at Northern Illinois, 9/1/17

Pass breakups: 2 (2x) last at Northern Illinois, 9/1/17

Interceptions: 1 (2x) last at Northern Illinois, 9/1/17



91 Max Schulze-Geisthovel

(6-2, 210. Sr., Drensteinfurt, Germany)

  • First year on the football team after playing soccer at Boston College.
  • Three touchbacks in his college football debut at Northern Illinois (9/1/17).
  • Scored seven goals last season on the pitch for BC men’s soccer.
  • Strong leg who will handle kickoff duties for the Eagles in 2017.
  • Played three years of soccer at St. Leo prior to transferring to Boston College prior to the 2016 soccer season.


98 Mike Knoll

(6-0, 200, Sr., Copley, Ohio)

  • Handled both the place-kicking and punting duties in 2016.
  • Starter at punter in 2017 and finished with four punts inside the 20 in the Northern Illinois win (9/1/17).
  • 12-of-14 on field goals in 2016, including a long of 40 yards.
  • First in the ACC and 17th nationally with his 85.7 field goal percentage.
  • Averaged 38.3 yards per punt and totaled 16 touchbacks on kickoffs in 2016.



Punt attempts: 13 at Virginia Tech, 9/17/16

Punt yards: 537 at Virginia Tech, 9/17/16

Longest punt: 63 at Massachusetts, 9/10/16

Points scored: 12 vs. Connecticut, 11/19/16

PATs: 6 vs. Wagner, 9/24/16

Field goals made: 3 vs. Connecticut, 11/19/16

Field goal attempts: 3 vs. Connecticut, 11/19/16

Longest FG: 40 (2x) last at Massachusetts, 9/10/16


99 Colten Lichtenberg

(5-10, 190, Jr., Savannah, Ga.)

  • Career-best performance in the win at Northern Illinois (9/1/17), finishing a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals including the game-winner from 37 yards out with 2:13 remaining in the fourth quarter.
  • Career-high three field goals and 11 points in the NIU victory.
  • Drilled a 42-yard field goal against the Huskies, the second-longest field goal of his career.
  • Appeared in one game in 2016 (Georgia Tech) before missing time due to injury.



Points scored: 11 at Northern Illinois, 9/1/17

Kick PATs: 2 (4x) last at Northern Illinois, 9/1/17

Field goals made: 3 at Northern Illinois, 9/1/17

Field goal attempts: 3 at Northern Illinois, 9/1/17

Longest field goal: 43 (2x) last at Syracuse, 11/28/15

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