Award season is under way, and seven Eagles were honored by the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association in today's All ACC Team voting.
The Eagle that received the highest honors was center Andy Gallik, who was named to the All-ACC First Team. A pre-season first team All-ACC, Gallik was instrumental in being the rock of BC's offensive line, even with injuries to Bobby Vardaro earlier in the season, and a season ending injury to Harris Williams during the UMass game.
Gallik wasn't the only offensive lineman honored by the ACC media. Seth Betancourt (3rd team), Bobby Vardaro and transfer Ian Silberman also received honorable mentions in the voting. In their final year of eligibility both of these players helped the Eagles produce the 14th ranked offense, and only allowed 20 sacks the entire season. Their physical play was paramount to BC's success and their absence will be greatly missed.
On the third team was freshman standout running back Jon Hilliman. As the 4* recruit got more and more acclimated to the BC offense, head coach Steve Addazio and Ryan Day increased his work load. He finished the season leading the Eagles in rushing attempts (189), touchdowns (12), and rushing yards by a running back (712). Only a freshman, it will be exciting to see what Hilliman will do in the offense as he grows as a college football player.
Also on the third team was defensive tackle Connor Wujciak became a beast up the middle on a defensive front that was dominant against the run. Because of his efforts (and the guys around him), BC was the 4th ranked defense against the run, holding elite runners like Javorius Allen of USC to 31 yards, and six other offenses to below 100 rushing yards. He had a huge field goal block as well against Virginia Tech, and finished the season with 7.5 tackles for loss and 3 sacks.
Josh Keyes also was listed as a honorable mention. The senior linebacker did a fantastic job filling the shoes after the graduation of Kevin Pierre-Louis. Through the first month he had six sacks, and became a factor that offensive coordinators and linemen had to gameplan for on every play. He could have a future in the NFL if he has a good end of the season and combine.
Kind of a shame that Tyler Murphy didn't receive any honors, because even though he didn't have huge passing numbers, his work on his feet and contributed to over 2600 total yards (rushing and throwing) and 22 touchdowns. Also a shame the kickers didn't get honored....I kid I kid.
Congratulations to the seven Eagles honored today. Truly a big day for these men. Ever to excel!