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Boston College Daily Links: Gaudreau, Williams Nominated for ESPYs

Daily Links for Friday, June 27, 2014

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Fresh off having the distinct honor of battling for the BC Interruption GIF of the Year "Best of the Best" nod, Andre Williams and Johnhy Gaudreau have the opportunity to add ESPY Awards to their trophy cases.

Gaudreau Nominated for ESPY Award - Boston College Official Athletic Site

Boston College's Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner Johnny Gaudreau has been nominated for the 2014 ESPY awards as presented by ESPN. The Carneys Point, N.J., native is eligible to win the Best Male College Athlete ESPY award.

Former Great Luke Kuechly Nominated for ESPY - Boston College Official Athletic Site

Former BC football great Luke Kuechly is nominated for Best NFL Player after earning the 2013 AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. He broke the NFL record for most tackles in a game with 26 against the New Orleans Saints and was fourth in the league with 156 total tackles.

BC continues to rack up football commitments, a number of whom were profiled yesterday:

Amherst’s Taj-Amir Torres verbally commits to Boston College |

Arguably the fastest high school athlete in New England, Torres has been timed at 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He's the two-time outdoor track state champion in the 100, and during last winter's indoor season won the New England title in the 55.

Lake Nona's Mehdi El Attrach commits to Boston College - Orlando Sentinel

"It wasn't overwhelming, like there was no comparison. There was definitely some decision-making involved, but I want to go into the business field and B.C. has the No. 4 undergraduate business [program] in the nation. It's also the ACC so I'll get to play in a big conference and have a good education so that's what it really came down to."

Stone Bridge LB Tanner Karafa picks Boston College - The Washington Post

Karafa said his final two schools were in-state Virginia Tech and Boston College after receiving offers from Kentucky, Virginia and Harvard among others. He's the first Stone Bridge football player to pick Boston College since Bulldogs standout Spenser Rositano, who was forced to retire because of concussions.

Lawrence Academy's Garrison commits to BC - Boston High School Blog - ESPN Boston

"Everyone knows they were a running team last year with a Heisman finalist (running back Andre Williams). Coach Addazio and Coach Day (offensive coordinator Ryan Day) explained to me the new vision for their offense. They're building something new at BC. It's more of a spread offense and they brought in a couple of dual-threat quarterbacks.

Some solid analysis by Backing the Pack:

Digging Deeper for Meaning: A Follow Up Analysis on ACC Alum in the NFL - Backing The Pack

Yesterday we gathered data on all of the former ACC players that have been at least marginally part of an NFL franchise over the past two seasons and, upon a casual glance, didn't see a consistently strong correlation with number of NFL alumni and program success. Alas, you, fair reader, are worthy of more than a casual glance. Let's fall a bit further down this hole, shall we?

And another Mock Draft for your viewing pleasure:

2014 NHL Draft: SBN College Hockey's Mock Draft - SB Nation College Hockey

13. Washington Capitals- Alex Tuch, F, US NTDP(USHL) Tuch is a really smooth skater for a player of his size with a ton of upside. NTDP teammates Dylan Larkin and Sonny Milano may be a bit more developed, but Tuch's upside might be a little higher.