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The Dudes Strike Back 2016: #89 Tight End Tommy Sweeney

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Sweeney will be a key contributor to the BC passing attack this year

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Name: Tommy Sweeney

Position: Tight End

Number: #89

Year: Sophomore

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 246 lbs.

Hometown: Ramsey, NJ

High School: Don Bosco

2015 Stats: After showing a lot of promise in summer practices, Sweeney played sparingly in 2015 even though he appeared in all 12 games. Sweeney finished the season with 5 receptions for 68 yards. Considering how bad the BC passing game was last year it was pretty surprising to see how little Sweeney was utilized throughout the season.

2016 Projections: Sweeney showed last summer that he was the most sure handed right end on the roster and had the ability to make some big chunk receptions via seam routes over the middle. At the end of the day, Sweeney’s lack of blocking ability kept him off the field for much of the season.

It appears for now that the BC staff has decided to overlook Sweeney’s blocking and has instead decided to utilize his above average catching ability. The 2016 spring game was a sneak peek into Sweeney’s expanded role this season.  The tight end finished the spring game with 4 receptions for 57 yards and was one of the most targeted receivers in the game.

How'd He Get Here: According to Rivals, Tommy was a two star tight end from New Jersey, Tom chose Boston College as he only offer. He also had interest from Rutgers and the University of Miami.

"I chose Boston College is because you get the combination of an unbelievable academic school and an unbelievable athletic school," Sweeney said. "We have a pretty good class coming in and the chance to play early and turn things around, make our way up in the ACC and hopefully win the ACC in our next four years. You just can't go wrong with Boston College."

Twitter Feed: You can follow Tommy on Twitter at @Tommysweeney15

Tweetable: Tommy mostly uses Twitter to retweet

Uniform History: The number #89 has only had a few players wear it for Boston College. The first player to wear it was William McKenney a center, who wore it 1961. Jim King a defensive end wore it in the 60's as well, Todd Pollack a tight end and Chris Leber a tight end in the 70's. Mark Chmura, a star tight end for the Eagles wore it in the 90's while Sean Ryan a defensive end in the early 2000's.

Linkage:

Tight End Tommy Sweeney ready for opportunity in Boston College spring game (Boston Herald)

5 to Watch on Offense (BC Interruption)