Who I am most excited to watch as BC football returns to the field in 2021? Well that would be Redshirt-Senior Brandon Sebastian.
There are an awful lot of expectations surrounding this BC football team. When you say the phrase most excited or most anticipated in reference to BC football players for the upcoming season there are quite a few that probably come to mind. Phil Jurkovec, Zay Flowers, maybe even Travis Levy, but Brandon Sebastian is a name BC fans should know if they don’t already.
On a defense that has some question marks surrounding it entering 2021, Sebastian is one of the unit’s dependable assets. Sebastian has gradually built a name for himself on the Heights, after being a highly rated recruit out of Cheshire Academy in Connecticut. Sebastian definitely was put through the crucible early in his BC career, the pass-happy ACC will do that, but he has established himself more and more with each passing season. Since becoming a full-time starter in 2019, Sebastian has led the team in pass break-ups with 9 in 2019 and 10 in 2020. His 10 pass break-ups were tied for 11th in the nation according to ESPN. Not just good against the pass, Sebastian has been an effective tackler in open space, averaging 42 tackles per season including 32.3 solo tackles over his BC career. In 2020, Brandon faced down some of the ACC’s top wideouts including UNC’s Dyami Brown who was a All-ACC First Team wideout and NFL draftee. Even if BC fans don’t know Brandon Sebastian for his stats they should know him as BC’s defensive human highlight reel.
Whether it was his circus grab INT against Virginia Tech in the season opener in 2019:
No idea how Brandon Sebastian managed to hold onto this, but he does and it's the second interception of the game for Virginia Tech's Willis. Hokies can't make the most of excellent field position. pic.twitter.com/yd3ToKhWIu— Bradley Smart (@bradleysmart15) August 31, 2019
His return of a blocked field goal for 6 against Cincinnati in the 2019 Birmingham Bowl:
His interception against UNC in 2020:
Or the time Brandon silenced Death Valley (if only briefly) with what was arguably one of the biggest plays of 2020, Sebastian has found ways to put himself in big moments in big games, an ability no stat sheet can fully quantify.
Last season a later round NFL Draft selection was a possibility for Sebastian but not a certainty. 2021 could be an opportunity for Sebastian to improve his draft stock, especially given the ACC’s reputation for both being aerial attack heavy and producing solid defensive backs. Returning for his senior year provides Sebastian with another year under Jeff Hafley’s tutelage, Hafley being a former defensive backs coach. Given his track record for improvement from season to season, I’m excited to see what Brandon Sebastian can do this season, if he can become one BC’s premier defenders and work his way into a 3rd or maybe 2nd round draft grade.
I’d also give an honorable mention to Alec Lindstrom.
If Sebastian was the first name to cross my mind, Alec Lindstrom was the second. In fact I was going back and forth between the two right up until the writing of this article. In 2020 Lindstrom earned All-ACC First Team honors, was on the Rimington Award Watch List, was selected to the Preseason All-ACC team, led the way for a BC offense that rushed for 1,119 yards on the season with 11 rushing touchdowns, and played all 785 offensive snaps on the season. He is a preseason All-American per Pro Football Focus, one of the top Draft Prospects at the Center position and a member of proud Boston-based lineman lineage. His father, Chris Lindstrom, Sr., was a hall of fame lineman at Boston University, his uncle Eric Lindstrom, was a Defensive End for the Eagles from 1984-88, and his brother, Chris Lindstrom Jr., was a four year starter at BC and first round draft pick by the Atlanta Falcons. Lindstrom is your prototypical BC Man and while no lineman are ever given enough credit Lindstrom deserves to be the face of the Eagles as much as any other player.