CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Eight members of the Boston College football team were named to Athlon Sports All-ACC preseason teams. Four BC offensive linemen captured preseason all-conference accolades, including two first-team selections in OT Ben Petrula and OT Tyler Vrabel.
Vrabel was named a Freshman All-American by The Athletic after the 2019 season. Vrabel, who started all 13 games at left tackle for the Eagles, was named All-ACC honorable mention by the league’s coaches and media last season.
Petrula started all 13 games at right tackle in 2019. He allowed just one sack on the season and captured All-ACC honors from the league’s coaches and media.
Junior running back David Bailey captured All-ACC second-team preseason honors from Athlon after a breakout sophomore campaign. Bailey led BC with 5.7 yards per carry and finished 2019 with 844 yards rushing and seven touchdowns.
Senior offensive guard Zion Johnson was named to Athlon’s All-ACC preseason second-team after becoming one of the league’s top offensive linemen in 2019. Johnson started seven games but played 90% of the snaps at left guard. A three-time ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week selection in 2019, Johnson was a key member of a BC offensive line that was among the national leaders in sacks allowed and rushing yards.
Redshirt junior Alec Lindstrom was named to Athlon’s All-ACC preseason second-team offense. In 2019, Lindstrom was named All-ACC third-team center by the league’s coaches and media. In his first year as a starter, Lindstrom was a vital part of a BC offensive line and missed just one snap the entire year when the starters were on the field.
Graduate student Max Richardson was named to Athlon’s All-ACC second-team defense in the preseason after a standout 2019 season. Richardson earned All-ACC second-team honors after a productive 2019 campaign. It marked the first time in Richardson’s career he earned All-ACC accolades. He led the conference in solo tackles and ranked among the ACC leaders in total tackles.
Redshirt junior tight end Hunter Long was named to Athlon’s All-ACC preseason third-team offense after an impressive season as a sophomore. Long was an All-ACC third-team pick in 2019 after finishing the season with 28 receptions for 509 yards and two touchdowns.
Senior kick returner Travis Levy was named to Athon’s All-ACC third-team as a specialist. Levy was second on the team last season with 1,059 all-purpose yards and led the Eagles in kickoff return and punt
2020 Athlon Sports Preseason All-ACC Selections
OL Ben Petrula
OL Tyler Vrabel
RB David Bailey
C Alec Lindstrom
OL Zion Johnson
LB Max Richardson
TE Hunter Long
KR Travis Levy