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Boston College Football: Breaking Down BC's All-ACC Team Selections, 2005-2014

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Doing more with less.

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Two things struck me in reviewing yesterday's All-ACC football selections and comparing them to the Eagles' season-ending ACC accolades from year's past.

As we are well aware, Addazio and the Eagles coaching staff had to replace three first-team selections (Freese, KPL and Williams), the school's all-time leading rusher (Williams) and receiver (Amidon), a kicker perfect on FG attempts on the year (Freese), the top two tacklers from last year's defense (KPL and Divitto) and an offensive linemen (Patchan). That the program finished with an identical 7-5 (4-4 ACC) record playing a moderately more difficult schedule is a testament to the rebuilding job Addazio is accomplishing on the Heights.

The other thing that struck me is that the program accomplished all this with just one first- or second-team selection (Gallik). In fact, since the Eagles joined the ACC in 2005, the program failed to put more than one player on an ACSMA All-ACC first or second team just one other year (though Kuechly was a unanimous first-team selection in 2011).

Here's a tally of the Eagles' ACSMA All-ACC accolades from 2005-2014. [NOTE: The ACSMA only started rolling three-teams deep starting in 2013. Honorable mentions have been excluded below]

ACSMA All-ACC Selections 1st Team 2nd Team 3rd Team 1st and 2nd Total
2014 1 0 3 1 4
2013 3 1 4 4 8
2012 1 2 -- 3 3
2011 1 0 -- 1 1
2010 3 0 -- 3 3
2009 2 2 -- 4 4
2008 3 3 -- 6 6
2007 3 4 -- 7 7
2006 2 3 -- 5 5
2005 1 4 -- 5 5

Two other thoughts:

1) I believe Hilliman becomes the program's first true freshman to take on All-ACC honors (though the conference only started rolling three teams deep with expansion to 14 teams). Regardless, the future is certainly bright for this program.

2) My goodness those 2005-2008 teams were loaded. Let's get back to that, please.

Boston College Football ACSMA All-ACC Team Selections, 2005-2014

2014

1st -- Andy Gallik, C
3rd -- Jon Hilliman, RB
3rd -- Seth Betancourt, OT
3rd -- Connor Wujciak, DT

2013

1st -- Nate Freese, K
1st -- Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB
1st -- Andre Williams, RB
2nd -- Matt Patchan, OT
3rd -- Alex Amidon, WR
3rd -- Steele Divitto, LB
3rd -- Kasim Edebali, DE
3rd -- Andy Gallik, C

2012

1st -- Nick Clancy, LB
1st -- Alex Amidon, WR
2nd -- Emmett Cleary, OT

2011

1st -- Luke Kuechly, LB

2010

1st -- Anthony Castanzo, OT
1st -- Montel Harris, RB
1st -- Luke Kuechly, LB

2009

1st -- Anthony Castanzo, OT
1st -- Luke Kuechly, LB
2nd -- Matt Tennant, C
2nd -- Montel Harris, RB

2008

1st -- Mark Herzlich, LB
1st -- B.J. Raji, DT
1st -- Cliff Ramsey, OG
2nd -- Ron Brace, DT
2nd -- Anthony Castanzo, OT
2nd -- Ryan Purvis, TE

2007

1st -- Matt Ryan, QB
1st -- Jamie Silva, S
1st -- Ryan Purvis, TE
2nd -- Andre Callender, RB
2nd -- Gosder Cherilus, OT
2nd -- Jo-Lonn Dunbar, LB
2nd -- Ron Brace, DT

2006

1st -- Matt Ryan, QB
1st -- Josh Beekman, OG
2nd -- James Marten, OT
2nd -- B.J. Raji, DT
2nd -- DeJuan Tribble, CB

2005

1st -- Mathias Kiwanuka, DE
2nd -- Will Blackmon, WR
2nd -- Jeremy Trueblood, OT
2nd -- Josh Beekman, OG
2nd -- Patrick Ross, C