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The Dudes Strike Back 2016: #97 DT Truman Gutapfel

What can the big man give the Eagles this year?

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Name: Truman Gutapfel

Position: Defensive Tackle

Number: #97

Year: Senior

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 281 lbs.

Hometown: Harrison, OH

High School: Harrison

2016 Projections: Gutapfel is going to be the man in charge up the middle this year after the graduation of stalwart Connor Wujciak. Truman has been a great situational player, who has made big plays, but it is going to be really interesting to see what happens when he becomes "the" guy. There are certainly question marks about the other defensive tackles, mostly around lack of experience. Given the talent around him, I'd expect him to have a good year, maybe not as dominating as Wujciak, but still keeping the middle of that line anchored.

2013 Stats: Appeared in 10 games from September 28 to December 31, making his collegiate debut against Florida State. Recorded 4 tackles (1 solo) and 0.5 TFLs. Finished the year listed as the backup left tackle following Abdesmad's season-ending injury due to FSU's Nick O'Leary's jackassery.

2014 Stats: Former BC defensive coordinator Don Brown referred to him as War Daddy, and boy did he explode in 2014. He started in 9 games for the Eagles opposite Connor Wujciak making 26 tackles, including 5.5 for a loss. He recovered one fumble against Penn State in the Pinstripe Bowl, and blocked a kick against Virginia Tech. He had one sack against Clemson.

2015 Stats: Finished the season with 26 tackles (14 solo, 12 assisted), had 7.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.

How'd He Get Here: A two-star recruit out of Harrison HS in Ohio, Boston College was Gutapfel's only claimed offer. Recruited by Sean Devine.

Twitter Feed: You can follow Truman on Twitter @TrumanGutapfel

Tweetable: Yes, my mind is still reeling as well.

Uniform History: John Bosa, a dominant defensive player and pass-rusher from Keene, NH, was a four-year letterwinner for the Eagles. Bosa served as co-captain of the Eagles' 1986 team that finished with a 9-3 record under Jack Bicknell. He would go on to get drafted in the first round (16th overall) by the Miami Dolphins, though injuries prematurely ended his professional career after just three seasons and 31 games played.


Get To Know The Dudes 2014: #97 DT Truman Gutapfel (BC Interruption)

Boston College Football Recruiting: Eagles Receive Commitment From DE Truman Gutapfel (BC Interruption)

Boston College Football Recruiting: DT Truman Gutapfel Commits To The Eagles (BC Interruption)

BC's Perfect Combination: Truman Gutapfel and Kevin Kavalec (BC Interruption)


Blocked field goal against Virginia Tech (ESPN, click link, we couldn't embed their video)

Here are some highlights of Gutapfel at Harrison: