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NCAA Football 13: Boston College's All-Time Roster 1970-2011

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So I see now that I am even losing some of the "wonder years" to Brian! He took seven pretty valuable years from with the post on the all-time roster from 1993-2011...but undaunted, we move on.

Here is a look at the players I would add to that 1993-2011 list to create the all-time roster. Also, where applicable I have thrown in some other names of players who would comprise just the 1970-92 list. There were a couple of players I found from the '93-'11 list that were missing and those have been added as well.

These types of lists are never easy. They are usually top heavy with recent graduates or players, generally because they are more familiar to the masses, but also because they are in general, bigger, stronger and faster than their older counterparts. To that argument, I usually counter that if the players of the 70s and 80s played today, they would benefit from a change in training methods, weight lifting, diet, etc and so I tend to remove that from the list where applicable and focus on talent.

That said, I am as likely to change my mind and flip flop on some of these the second I post them!

So here goes:

QUARTERBACK

Add to the Roster

Doug Flutie (1981-84)

Others from the old guy era

Mike Kruczek (1973-75), Frank Harris (1968-70), Shawn Halloran (1983-86)

Who Gets Replaced?

Brian St. Pierre

All Time Starter

Doug Flutie

Comments

A tougher call than you might imagine, both Matt Ryan and Glenn Foley had stellar careers and similar numbers. Flutie gets the nod because of the Heisman and the ultimate winner status.

RUNNING BACK

Add to the Roster

Troy Stradford (1982-86)

Others from the old guy era

Fred Willis (1968-70), Mike Esposito (1972-74)

Who Gets Replaced?

Derrick Knight

All Time Starter

William Green

Comments

Green the most talented, explosive back in BC history. 1 yard, 1 yard, 70 yards, a typical Will Green day. Also a monumental head case who could have and should have been a Heisman Trophy contender as a senior. May be the most talented football player ever at the Heights.

Stradford, the most versatile back in BC history as a runner and receiver. Ahead of his time with his varied skill set.

FULLBACK

FB

Keith Barnette (1973-75), Glen Capriola (1974-76)

Others from the old guy era

Bob Biestek (1980-82)

Who Gets Replaced?

James McCluskey

All Time Starter

Darnell Campbell

Comments

Keep three FBs in total. Back in the day when the full back actually carried the ball or became part of a legit two back system, Barnette and Capriola were studs. Barnette lead the country in scoring in 1974 and is still BCs all-time leading touchdown scorer with Darnell Campbell tied for 3rd.

Really tough call between Barnette and Campbell. When in doubt, go for the more recent player, usually the more physical, skilled athlete.

WIDE RECEIVER

Add to the Roster

Brian Brennan (1980-83), Kelvin Martin (1983-86), Tom Waddle (1985-88), Darren Flutie (1984-87)

Others from the old guy era

Gerard Phelan (1981-84), Dave Zumbach (1973-76), Mel Briggs (1971-73)

Who Gets Replaced?

Kevin Challenger, Tony Gonzalez, Jamal Burke, Anthony DiCosmo

All Time Starters

Kelvin Martin, Brian Brennan

Comments

Honestly could make the case that even the backups here are better than the guys who remain on the roster. Weak group of newer guys and strong group of older guys. Remember the guys we added in here all have ten year pro careers in either the NFL or in Canada.

TIGHT END

Add to the Roster

Mark Chmura (1988-91), Scott Gieselman (1982-85)

Others from the old guy era

Tim Sherwin (1977-80), Peter Casparriello (1984-87)

Who Gets Replaced?

Sean Ryan, Ryan Purvis

All Time Starter

Pete Mitchell

Comments

Mitchell stays as the best of all time and someone who could be in the college football Hall of Fame as a TE. The receiving TE has come out of the BC arsenal over the years. Chmura and Gieselman were far bigger weapons than Ryan and Purvis.

CENTER

Add to the Roster

Don Macek (1973-75), Damien Woody (1994-96)

Others from the old guy era

None really worthy

Who Gets Replaced?

Keep all of them. All are worthy of earning a spot on this roster

All Time Starter

Tom Nalen

Comments

Macek enjoyed a long productive career with the San Diego Chargers. Damien Woody, also not mentioned on the current player list, should also be included here.

GUARD

Add to the Roster

Joe Wolf (1985-88), Tom Condon (1971-73), Jim Rourke (1976-78), Tom Lynch (1974-76), Steve Trapilo (1982-86)

Others from the old guy era

Steve Schindler (1974-76), Doug Widell (1986-88)

Who Gets Replaced?

Doug Brzenzinski, Josh Beekman, Thomas Claiborne, Mark Nori, Greg Landry

All Time Starters

Chris Snee, Tom Lynch

Comments

Incredibly strong group here, particularly on the old guy side. Guards have been the strongest and deepest of the O-Line U tradition. So much of this has to do with what they did in college. Guys like Wolf, Condon, Rourke and Widell were actually better pro players than college players. Very difficult call to pick the best guards and the best tackles.

TACKLE

Add to the Roster

Karl Swanke (1977-79), Mark McDonald (1982-84), Ron Stone (1990-93)

Others from the old guy era

Dave Widell (1985-87), Al Krevis (1971-74), Gordie Browne (1971-73)

Who Gets Replaced?

James Marten, Paul Zukauskas, Jeremy Trueblood

All Time Starters

Pete Kendall, Anthony Constanzo

Comments

Repeat the statement above from the guards. Stone definitely should be on this list and would definitely be a starter, but once again, like the guards, he blossomed once into the NFL.

DEFENSIVE END

Add to the Roster

John Bosa (1983-86), Stalin Colinet (1993-96)

Others from the old guy era

Byron Hemingway (1973-76)

Who Gets Replaced?

Phil Mettling, Nick Larkin

All Time Starters

Mike Mamula, Mathias Kiwanuka

Comments

Mamula wasn't a linebacker until he got to the NFL, he was a rush DE so he belongs on this list. Bosa could be looked at as either a DT or a DE, but this group in general lacks depth DEs such a prime position now in all of football and BC has struggled to attract many good ones, therefor the current lack of a pass rush. I added in Stalin Colinet, a big miss on the new guys team. Colinet replaces Nick Larkin.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

Add to the Roster

Mike Ruth (1982-85), Fred Smerlas (1975-78), Joe Nash (1978-81)

Others from the old guy era

None

Who Gets Replaced?

Mike Willetts, Antonio Garay, Ron Brace, Tim Bulman

All Time Starters

BJ Raji, Mike Ruth

Comments

Another strong group. Had to choose between Ruth, Raji and Smerlas, only pick two..chose Ruth because of the Outland Trophy and Raji just because he was the best run stopper in BC history. All of these guys were fabulous at the Heights.

LINEBACKER

Add to the Roster

Bill Romanowski (1984-87), Steve DeOssie (1980-83), Peter Cronan (1973-76), Jim Budness (1978-81), Tom McManus (1989-92)

Others from the old guy era

None

Who Gets Replaced?

Vinny Ciurciu, Frank Chamberlain, Ricky Brown, Brian Toal, JoLonn Dunbar

All Time Starters

Luke Kuechly, Steven Boyd, Tom McManus

Comments

Absolutely stacked position. Guys who became multi time All East, All Pro sitting on our bench. Took out one of the most highly recruited players in BC history in Brian Toal (injuries, lack of productivity) and JoLonn "Big Play" Dunbar..shows you how deep this group is. Toughest call here was Dunbar vs Budness, but Budness was 3 times All East...very underrated.

DEFENSIVE BACK

Add to the Roster

Kelly Elias (1974-77)

Others from the old guy era

George Radachowsky (1980-83)

Who Gets Replaced?

Lenny Walls

All Time Starters

DeJuan Tribble, Darryl Porter

Comments

Elias made the play of the game, stopping Lam Jones on the 2 point conversion try in the '76 Texas game, but more than that, had a very solid career. Tied single game INT record with 3. All ECAC in ‘76 and ‘77. DB a sore spot and perhaps the weakest of all the positions. Darryl Porter moved to CB, which is where he played, not a safety.

SAFETY

Add to the Roster

Tony Thurman (1981-85)

Others from the old guy era

None

Who Gets Replaced?

No one. Moving Darryl Porter to the corner, necessitates another safety.

All Time Starters

Tony Thurman, Jamie Silva

Comments

1st team All America in 1984, career leader in INTs. I actually think that Jamie Silva was a more productive player overall, but hard to argue with Tony Thurman as your other safety. I also liked Paul Anderson as a safety for the more current guys, always seemed to be around the ball and had a big INT return for a touchdown in the 17-0 win at home over Notre Dame.

PLACE KICKER

Add to the Roster

Fred Steinfort (1972-75)

Others from the old guy era

Brian Lowe (1986-89)

Who Gets Replaced?

Steve Aponavicious

All Time Starter

Fred Steinfort

Comments

The best PK in BC history bar none. Holds all the distance records for field goals, along with being the only kicker in BC history to enjoy more than a cup of coffee in the NFL, lasting 9 seasons with several different teams including the Patriots.

PUNTER

Add to the Roster

Jim Walton (1974-77), Jeff Beckley (1991-94)

Others from the old guy era

None

Who Gets Replaced?

Johnny Ayers

All Time Starter

Jim Walton

Comments

The two best punters in BC history, keep two because Beckley was also a great kickoff man, something BC hasn't had since he left. Walton always had tremendous hang time.

KICK RETURNER

Add to the Roster

Tim Frager (1987-89)

Others from the old guy era

None

Who Gets Replaced?

No kick returners called out..so no one replaced

All Time Starters

Will Blackmon, Jeff Smith

Comments

Special teams return game has always been atrocious. Who could forget though, Jeff Smith's game vs Clemson in 2006

PUNT RETURNER

Add to the Roster

Kelvin Martin (1983-86), Ed Rideout (1969-71)

Others from the old guy era

None

Who Gets Replaced?

No punt returners called out, Will Blackmon should be the new guy rep.

All Time Starters

Kelvin Martin

Comments

People forget about Rideout who may be the most anonymous of all the people we called out here, but he was a fabulous punt returner who averaged 16.6 yards per return for his career.

THE FINAL LINEUP: OFFENSE

STARTER

BACKUPS

QB

Doug Flutie

Glenn Foley, Matt Ryan, Paul Peterson

RB

William Green

Mike Cloud, Montel Harris, Troy Stradford

FB

Darnell Campbell

Keith Barnette

WR

Kelvin Martin

Rich Gunnell, Tom Waddle, Darren Flutie, Brandon Robinson, Grant Adams

WR

Brian Brennan

See above

TE

Pete Mitchell

Mark Chmura, Scott Gieselman

C

Tom Nalen

Don Macek, Damien Woody, Dan Koppen

G

Chris Snee

Joe Wolf, Tom Condon, Jim Rourke, Steve Trapilo

G

Tom Lynch

See above

T

Pete Kendall

Gosder Cherilus, Karl Swanke, Mark McDonald, Ron Stone

T

Anthony Costanzo

See above

THE FINAL LINEUP: DEFENSE

STARTER

BACKUPS

DE

Mike Mamula

John Bosa, Stalin Colinet

DE

Mathias Kiwanuka

See above

DT

Mike Ruth

Fred Smerlas, Joe Nash, Chris Hovan

DT

BJ Raji

See above

LB

Luke Kuechly

Mark Herzlich, Bill Romanowski, Steve DeOssie, Peter Cronan, Jim Budness

LB

Steven Boyd

See above

LB

Tom McManus

See above

CB

Darryl Porter

Michael Reed, Will Blackmon, Kelly Elias

CB

DeJuan Tribble

See above

S

Tony Thurman

Pedro Cirino

S

Jamie Silva

See above

THE FINAL LINEUP: SPECIAL TEAMS

STARTER

BACKUPS

PK

Fred Steinfort

Brian Lowe

P

Jim Walton

Jeff Beckley

KR

Will Blackmon

Tim Frager

KR

Jeff Smith

PR

Kelvin Martin

Ed Rideout

THE FINAL LINEUP: COACHES

STARTER

HC

Tom Coughlin (1991-93)

OC

Gary Crowton (1991-93)

DC

Frank Spaziani (1998-2008)

Comments

Coughlin did more for this program in a short time than any other coach in history. Went from a mediocre team game 1 of 1991 to one that played head up with #1 Miami by seasons end. His discipline and attention to detail unmatched. Crowton was his offensive coordinator at the time and although based on his future performances at LSU and now at Maryland, his success was more based on Coughlin than his own doing..it was still on his paper. Spaz needs to be credited with what he did with the defense. Yeah, he gets razzed for playing the CBs 10 yards off the receivers, but in his years as DC, he accomplished things particularly in run defense that had never been done here before .


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