Boston College football received some big news today, as junior defensive end Zach Allen announced that he will be returning for his final season with the Eagles.
Allen was the MVP of the defensive line this past year, and really picked up his game even with Harold Landry shelved for most of the year. In 2017 the Connecticut native finished with 100 tackles. Allen led BC with six sacks and his 15.5 tackles-for-loss ranked tied for 10th in BC single-season history (via BCEagles.com).
In the BC press release Allen said:
“There are still skills I want to develop to be a first-round pick, and our coaches, particularly Coach Pasqualoni, are the best at helping me to reach that goal,” Allen added. “I really love Boston College; it truly is a great place. Playing in the NFL is my lifelong dream and I’m totally committed to playing there. The NFL will still be there next year, but I only have one more year to experience college and get my degree.”
This is great news for the program, as Allen really became a game changer last season. Next season Wyatt Ray most likely will line up on the edge, giving BC two really good pass rushers. What is even more impressive is that he did all this while maintaining a 3.6 GPA and finishing his Financing major in only three years. He truly seems to be the perfect representative for this program.
According to the press release as well, BC will be returning 16 starters next year, so hopefully this could be a big season for Boston College.