First time BC finishes with four All-ACC first-team selections
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Boston College set a school record with 13 players earning All-ACC football honors, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday. Four Eagles collected All-ACC first-team honors, the most in school history as well.
The 13 All-ACC selections for Boston College broke the previous school-best mark of nine set in 2007, 2008, 2013 and 2017.
Sophomore running back AJ Dillon collected All-ACC first-team honors for the second consecutive season while senior offensive guard Chris Lindstrom, graduate student tight end Tommy Sweeney and junior cornerback Hamp Cheevers all earned All-ACC first-team accolades for the first time.
Senior defensive lineman Zach Allen and senior return specialist Michael Walker collected All-ACC second-team honors for the first time.
Four Eagles were named to the All-ACC third-team for the first time in their respective careers as senior offensive tackle Aaron Monteiro, senior defensive end Wyatt Ray, graduate student linebacker Connor Strachan, senior defensive tackle Ray Smith and senior strong safety Will Harris were cited.
Graduate student center Jon Baker and sophomore offensive tackle Ben Petrula were named All-ACC honorable mention. It marked the first time in both players’ careers they were named to an All-ACC team.
Cheevers tied for the nation’s lead with seven interceptions in his first year as a starter for the Eagles. He tied for second on the squad with seven pass breakups as well.
Dillon became the first running back in Boston College history to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons at the Heights. Despite a nagging high ankle sprain for the majority of the season, Dillon was 12th nationally and led the ACC with 112.3 rushing yards per game.
Lindstrom allowed zero sacks the entire season and just three hurries as one of the nation’s most dominant offensive linemen. He graded out as BC’s top offensive lineman on the season as he earned All-ACC honors for the second time in his career after being a second-team selection in 2017.
Sweeney was named the ACC’s top tight end after finishing second on the team in receptions (32) and third in receiving yards (348). The John Mackey semifinalist was an All-ACC third-team selection in 2017.
One of the nation’s most dominant defensive linemen, Allen led BC in tackles-for-loss (15.0) and ranks among the top 10 in school history in sacks and TFLs. He was rated by Pro Football Focus as the top edge rusher in the ACC and is a semifinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy.
Walker leads the nation in combined kick return yards (1,294) for the second consecutive season en route to All-ACC second-team accolades. He is among the top three in BC history in career kickoff and punt return yards.
Monteiro made his 31st consecutive career start at left tackle last Saturday for the Eagles and developed into one of the top linemen in the ACC as a senior. Harris finished with 75 tackles, fourth on the team, while Strachan led the Eagles with 91 total tackles from his middle linebacker position. Ray finished among the national leaders with 9.0 sacks in 2018 while Smith was a key cog on a BC defensive line that ranked in the top 20 nationally in sacks in 2018.
Four members of the BC offensive line captured All-ACC accolades as Baker and Petrula rounded out the selections as All-ACC honorable mention picks.
Boston College will play in its fifth bowl game in six years under head coach Steve Addazio in December. The official announcement of the bowl game and opponent will be Sunday, December 2.
Boston College All-ACC first, second, third team & honorable mention selections
All-ACC first team
Hamp Cheevers, CB
AJ Dillon, RB
Chris Lindstrom, OG
Tommy Sweeney, TE
All-ACC second team
Zach Allen, DE
Michael Walker, SP
All-ACC third team
Aaron Monteiro, OT
Will Harris, SS
Wyatt Ray, DE
Ray Smith, DT
Connor Strachan, LB
All-ACC honorable mention
Jon Baker, C
Ben Petrula, OT