There are 21 days to season's kickoff against Villanova (Aug. 31)
Named one of five finalists for the Dave Rimington Trophy, presented to the nation?s premier college football center?finalist along with Jeff Faine (Notre Dame), Al Johnson (Wisconsin), Bruce Nelson (Iowa) and Brett Romberg (Miami)?the core of an offensive line that paved the way for BC?s fifth 1,000-yard rusher in a row? started 35 games in a row at center for the Eagles?helped the Eagles finish the regular season third in the BIG EAST in total offense and second in passing offense.
The starting center for the Eagles in all 11 games plus the Music City Bowl win over Georgia?was named second team all-BIG EAST Conference and was a member of the ECAC Division I-A all-star team?was named to the watch list for the Dave Remmington Award, given to the top center in the country each year?. helped the Eagles become the second-leading offense in the BIG EAST in terms of total offense and rushing yards and third in scoring?BC was 18th nationally in rushing offense at 208.18 yards per game?helped pave the way for Boston College to have another 1,000-yard rusher this season - William Green at 1,559 yards --the fourth year in a row an Eagle has accomplished that?a leader of an offensive line that gave up just 15 sacks for 104 yards this season - a mark that was the third-lowest in the BIG EAST.
A second-team all-BIG EAST Conference pick...started all 11 games at center for the Eagles...helped the BC offense rank third in the BIG EAST in total offense at 414.9 yards per game (30th nationally) and rushing offense at 201.0 yards per game (21st nationally)...part of a BC offensive line that has given up just six sacks this season.
Finished the '99 season on the depth chart as the No. 2 center.
Earned all-state, all-area and all-East Penn Conference first-team honors as a senior offensive lineman/defensive end at Whitehall (Pa.) High School...captured PrepStar All-America accolades as a senior...was a Big 33 selection in 1998...had 10 sacks...scored eight touchdowns, carrying the ball on occasion...earned defensive MVP honors in the 1997 Kaylee Rotary Bowl; also played in the 1998 McDonald's Lehigh Valley all-star classic...was an all-conference second-team selection as a junior...served as team captain as a senior...played for head coach Tony Cocca...a versatile athlete who was also a two-year track and basketball letterman.
Dan Koppen, born August 12, 1979, in Dubuque, Iowa...enrolled in the Carroll School of Management with a major in management...was the recipient of the Mary and William H. '37 Sullivan Scholarship Fund at BC in 2001-2002?an outstanding student who is a member of the National Honor Society and the German National Honor Society...was listed in Who's Who Among American High School Students...was a member of Whitehall's Student Council and German Club and involved in the Big Buddy program...Dan is the youngest of Kathleen and Michael Koppen's three children