Oddball. UCF had two players selected in the 2011 NFL Draft, offensive tackle Jah Reid (3rd, 85 to Ravens) and defensive end Bruce Miller (7th, 211 to 49ers). BC had one player selected. Offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo was picked in the first round with the 22nd pick to the Indianapolis Colts.
Herzlich clearly didn't return to his All-America form after the harrowing year off, but he was a key cog in the nation's No. 1 run defense, finishing third on the team in tackles while also picking off four passes; he was still widely considered a draftable prospect coming into the weekend. Even with his past health concerns, the snub is a mystery: The Patriots used a fifth-round pick on TCU offensive lineman Marcus Cannon, who was just diagnosed with lymphoma last week and is in the beginning stages of chemotherapy.
Most players who go to prep school need academic improvement. Not Castonzo, who scored 35 out of a possible 36 on the ACT in high school in Illinois. But the only schools interested in Castonzo out of high school were Princeton, Yale and Holy Cross. Castonzo thought he could be an FBS player, so he went to Fork Union Military Academy for a postgrad season. It worked. He landed offers from BC, Duke, Virginia and Vanderbilt. He chose Boston College, where he became the first true freshman to start at tackle in 10 years. He wound up setting a school record with 54 starts and earned a degree in biochemistry.