BC Football pair honored. Juniors Dillon and Petrula Earn Recognition from ACC Media.
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Boston College juniors AJ Dillon and Ben Petrula were named to the All-ACC Preseason Team as announced by the league on Tuesday. Dillon received 15 votes to finish third for ACC Preseason Player of the Year. The preseason honors were determined by a vote of 173 media members credentialed for last week’s ACC Kickoff.
As a sophomore, Dillon, the Eagles’ starting running back, was elected to the All-ACC First Team as he rushed for 1,108 yards and 10 touchdowns in just 10 games; becoming the first player in BC history to rush for over 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons. He led the ACC with 110.8 rushing yards per game, which ranked 13th in the country.
Dillon was the 2017 ACC Rookie of the Year and ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year; the first BC player to win either award. He finished his freshman campaign with 1,589 rushing yards, which ranked seventh nationally and second among all freshmen.
In 23 career games, Dillon is ninth all-time in rushing yards at BC with 2,697. He has scored 25 touchdowns, including 24 on the ground, and eclipsed the 100-yard mark in 12 games.
Petrula filled in as BC’s starting center as a true freshman in 2017 and shifted to right tackle in 2018; where he started all 12 games and earned All-ACC Honorable Mention as a sophomore. Played 867 (95.2%) offensive snaps as BC totaled 4,852 yards on the season, including 2,269 on the ground.
Clemson led all ACC institutions with 13 total preseason selections. Tigers’ quarterback Trevor Lawrence was voted the ACC Preseason Player of the Year with 127 votes and running back Travis Etienne finished second with 24 votes. Virginia QB Bryce Perkins received six votes and Florida State RB Cam Akers garnered one vote.
2019 All-ACC Preseason Football Team
(Total votes in parenthesis)
WR – Tee Higgins, Clemson (145)
WR – Justyn Ross, Clemson (123)
WR – Tamorrion Terry, Florida State (69)
TE – Brevin Jordan, Miami (66)
AP – Deon Jackson, Duke (47)
OT – Tremayne Anchrum, Clemson (100)
OT – Ben Petrula, Boston College (54)
OG – John Simpson, Clemson (136)
OG – Gage Cervenka, Clemson (45)
C – Sean Pollard, Clemson (75)
QB – Trevor Lawrence, Clemson (161)
RB – Travis Etienne, Clemson (144)
RB – AJ Dillon, Boston College (144)
DE – Xavier Thomas, Clemson (84)
DE – Alton Robinson, Syracuse (83)
DT – Marvin Wilson, Florida State (105)
DT – Nyles Pinckney, Clemson (49)
LB – Shaquille Quarterman, Miami (118)
LB – Isaiah Simmons, Clemson (109)
LB – Michael Pinckney, Miami (66)
CB – Bryce Hall, Virginia (122)
CB – A.J. Terrell, Clemson (62)
S – Andre Cisco, Syracuse (80)
S – Tanner Muse, Clemson (78)
PK – Andre Szmyt, Syracuse (88)
P – Sterling Hofrichter, Syracuse (70)
SP – Maurice Ffrench, Pitt (48)
ACC Player of the Year
1. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson – 127
2. Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson – 24
3. AJ Dillon, RB, Boston College – 15
4. Bryce Perkins, QB, Virginia – 6
5. Cam Akers, RB, Florida State – 1