CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Boston College senior offensive lineman Chris Lindstrom and junior cornerback Hamp Cheevers were named to the 2018 AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America second-team announced today by the American Football Coaches Association.
The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.
It marks the Cheevers has now been named to six All-America teams this postseason, including first-team honors by the Football Writers of America. Lindstrom has earned a spot on three All-America teams this postseason.
Both Cheevers and Lindstrom were All-ACC first-team selections.
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.
Cheevers allowed just 35 receptions on 74 targets in 2018 for 433 yards, according to Pro Football Focus. Cheevers allowed a passer rating when targeted this season of just 40.0, which ranked second in the conference among cornerbacks. Cheevers played in 92% of his team’s defensive snaps in 2018 after playing in just 30% last year.
Lindstrom finished the 2018 season with the No. 1 pass blocking grade (90.9) nationally of any offensive guard. He allowed zero sacks, zero QB hits and just three hurries on 370 pass blocks in 2018 (pressure rate allowed: 0.8%) according to Pro Football Focus. Lindstrom ranked No. 1 in the nation among guards this season (min 200 pass blocks) with a pass block efficiency of 99.6.
Lindstrom has not allowed a pressure in his last seven starts. The Dudley, Mass., native has also been flagged for just one penalty all year on 864 snaps. Lindstrom has never been penalized more than two times in a single season in his NCAA career covering 50 games.
Boston College returns to a bowl game for the fifth time in six seasons on Wednesday, Dec. 26 in the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl against No. 23 Boise State. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. on ESPN and the BC IMG Sports Network.
2018 Boston College All-Americans
Hamp Cheevers, CB (FWAA First Team, AFCA Coaches Second Team, Walter Camp Second Team, The Athletic Second Team, Sports Illustrated Second Team, Associated Press Third Team)
Chris Lindstrom, OG (AFCA Coaches Second Team, The Athletic Second Team, Associated Press Third Team)
Michael Walker, KR (FWAA Second Team, Walter Camp Second Team, Sporting News Second Team)
Zach Allen, DE (Pro Football Focus Second Team)