For the past four years, center Andy Gallik's been the main man on the Boston College offensive line. Evolving from snapper on a 4-8 football program under Frank Spaziani, he became the cornerstone and foundation of the renaissance of "O-Line U." A team captain this year, he represented BC during the ACC's Media Days and helped become one of the faces of the rugged style of head coach Steve Addazio.
He was there when BC bottomed out, and now he can reap rewards for his dedication to the turnaround.
The graduating senior was named one of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy, presented annually to the best offensive lineman in college football. He also accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl scheduled for January 24th, 2015 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.
Gallik became the rock on which the rest of the offensive line leaned in 2014 as one of three returning starters. Helping clear the road for the running game, he helped Tyler Murphy shatter the all-time career rushing record for BC in just one season of work. The Eagles themselves averaged over 250 rushing yards per game, 14th best in the nation. He received ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors for Boston College's 500-yard output against then-#9 USC back in September.
A second-team All-ACC selection last season, he's in line to become a first team selection this season. He'll be featured for the Rimington Award alongside Jack Allen of Michigan State, David Andrews of Georgia, BJ Finney of Kansas State, Reece Dismukes of Auburn, and Hroniss Grasu of Oregon.
At 6'2" and over 300 pounds, Gallik is considered one of the top five prospects at the center position entering the NFL Draft. He currently projects to a third round draft pick, though that could improve with strong performances in the Pinstripe Bowl, Senior Bowl, and NFL Draft preparations.
Congratulations to Andy Gallik on being named to this honor!