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Better Know an Eagle 2017: #97 Kicker/Punter James Levere

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Levere is a world record holder in men’s rowing.

NCAA Football: Buffalo at Boston College Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Name: James Levere

Position: Kicker/Punter

Number: 97

Year: Junior

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 220

Hometown: West Hartford, Connecticut

High School: Avon Old Farms

2016 Stats: Levere walked on last year before the Clemson game, but had no playing time.

Projections: Knoll is in the driver’s seat for the kicking job, but it looks pretty wide open behind him. Colton Lichtenberg has struggled in games, and former BC soccer player Maximilian Schulze-Geisthovel has an All-American leg but is undeniably raw. Play this year doesn’t seem super likely, but with BC’s kicking history nothing is out of the question.

Over/Under: n/a

How’d He Get Here: Levere was going to walk-on his freshman year, but an ankle injury prevented him from trying out for the team. He did make the team early in the year as a sophomore.

Levere was a late joiner to football, only joining the college-football-factory that is Avon Old Farms his senior year. He took a gap year, which is why he’s a year older than Lichtenberg who is in the same graduating class. You can see him kicking some footballs at Trinity College below.

Fun fact: While he was injured, Levere was a member of the BC Men’s Rowing team. He was a Varsity-8 rower as a freshman which is pretty impressive. Probably more impressive is that Levere is actually a world record holder for Concept 2, the world's premier indoor rowing manufacturer. Levere holds the Heavyweight 500 Meter record on slides in his age class (19-29).

You can see him shatter the previous world below, and I can promise that it is a real video because I recorded it. He’s actually broken the world record twice, because the first time I recorded it I may have ended the recording too early. Whoops.