There were many great performances this year by male athletes at Boston College. We saw some great hockey performances by Austin Cangelosi and Matty Gaudreau, Zeiko Lewis brought BC soccer to the forefront, Ky Bowman was one of the lone lights in a tough basketball season, and Johnny Adams embodied everything you would hope for from a BC athlete. But in the end, there was one was athlete that excellence embodied, and that would be Boston College football player Harold Landry.
During Landry’s sophomore season we saw glimpses of what he was going to become. Like this play against Florida State (via BC Heights):
Landry, a junior put himself on the national map with a monster year. He finished his season with 16.5 sacks, good enough not only for a new Boston College single season record, but also led the entire nation in sacks. And it wasn’t just against the creampuffs that Landry showed up big. In his final four games of the season, he had two sacks against Florida State, one against UConn, three against Wake Forest, and a sack and a half against Maryland. Even with double teams and opponents scheming specifically against him, he still made plays, and because of teams had to focus on Landry so much, it allowed other BC players to step up and make plays as well.
It was such a monster year for Landry that many people were surprised when he announced that he would be returning to the Heights for his senior season. He seemed like a slam dunk late first rounder in the 2016 NFL Draft, but his dedication to his team might pay off this year. Many mock drafts have him for 2017 have him as a Top 10 pick, and he could be heading to the NFL with a lot of individual hardware after this season. We could be looking at another season like Luke Kuechly had, before he headed off to the NFL.
2017 will be a lot of fun to watch, if only to watch what Landry does on the field. This type of talent is hard to come by, and it was clear that Harold Landry was BC Interruption’s Male Player Of The Year.
Check out this crazy highlight reel from Youtube