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Boston College takes on No. 2 Virginia Tech in the regular season finale Friday.

Boston College takes on No. 2 Virginia Tech in the regular season finale Friday.

Nov. 22, 1999

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Boston College is preparing for a trip to Blacksburg, Va., to play the second-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies in a game with all sorts of postseason implications. A win over Boston College would virtually assure Virginia tech of a spot opposite Florida State in the national championship game at the Nokia Sugar Bowl. But on the traditional busiest shopping day of the entire year, the Eagles have a wish list of their own. BC is in contention for a spot in the Toyota Gator, Insight.com or Music City Bowls.

The Eagles realize, however, that beating the Hokies is easier said than done. Virginia Tech leads the nation in scoring with 41.7 points per game and is second in scoring defense (10.2) and rushing defense (65.4) -- a potentially deadly combination. Freshman quarterback Michael Vick has seven rushing TDs this season, the most for a VT quarterback since 1977. Virginia Tech has outscored its opponents 417-102 this season. It is the highest single-season point total in school history.

Date: Friday, Nov. 26, 1999
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Site: Blacksburg, Va.
Stadium/Capacity: Lane Stadium/Worsham Field (50,000)
Television/Radio: CBS (Sean McDonough & Todd Blackledge), BC Radio Network (John Rooke & Peter Cronan), Virginia Tech Radio Network

The coaches Boston College's Tom O'Brien is 16-16 as head coach of the Eagles and overall...A three-year starter at defensive end from 1968-70 at the U.S. Naval Academy, he was named BC's 32nd head football coach after 15 years on the staff of the University of Virginia, the last six as coordinator of UVA's record-setting offense. O'Brien also was an assistant at Navy for seven years. After taking over a troubled BC program and going 4-7 his first two seasons, O'Brien and his staff have led the Eagles to an 8-2 record and a No. 20 ranking in 1999.

"Tom O'Brien and his staff have done a phenomenal job - not just a great job - a phenomenal job in turning our football program around."

    Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo

Frank Beamer is in his 13th year as the head football coach at Virginia Tech. He has guided the Hokies to an 87-59-2 record during his 12-plus seasons and became the school's winningest football coach in 1997. He has led the Hokies to six consecutive bowls, two BIG EAST championships and an average of almost nine wins a year since the start of the 1993 season. Last year, he led the Hokies to a 9-3 record, which included a 38-7 win over Alabama in the first Music City Bowl in Nashville. It was Tech's fifth different bowl game and sixth different bowl foe in the 1990s. Beamer is a 1969 graduate of Virginia Tech, where he started three years as a cornerback and played on the Hokies' 1966 and 1968 Liberty Bowl teams.

The series
Friday's game will mark only the seventh meeting between Boston College and Virginia Tech. The Hokies lead the all-time series 4-2. Virginia Tech has won the last three games in the series, including a rain-soaked 17-0 Thursday night game last season in Alumni Stadium. Mike Cloud rushed for 186 yards against the nation's best rushing defense, and BC bested the Hokies in total net yards (295-236), rushing (179-164), passing (116-72) and time of possession (35:26-24:34). But three turnovers and a missed goal-line scoring opportunity cost the Eagles dearly. The Eagles are 1-1 vs. the Hokies in Lane Stadium. The last time BC beat Virginia Tech in Blacksburg was Sept. 7, 1995 (20-14).

Injury update
Out: WR Chris Barnes (torn ACL), DL Adam Grace (dislocated shoulder).

How they stack up
Statistical Comparison - Per Game Averages

BCVT
Points Per Game25.541.7
Opp. Points Per Game20.810.2
Yards Per Game386.8441.5
Opp. Yards Per Game370.5240.1
Rushing Yards177.1252.8
Opp. Rushing Yards132.965.4
Yards Per Carry4.15.0
Opp. Yards Per Carry3.41.9
Passing Yards209.7188.7
Opp. Passing Yards237.6174.7
Yards Per Completion12.917.8
Opp. Yards Per Completion11.810.9
Passing Yards Allowed237.6174.7

Eagles on the radio
BC's game vs. Virginia Tech will be heard on SportsRadio WEEI (850 AM), as well as WHYN in Springfield (560 AM), WSAR in Fall River/New Bedford (1480 AM), WTAG in Worcester (580 AM), WGIR in Manchester, N.H. (610 AM), WTMN in Portsmouth, NH (1380 AM), WLPZ in Portland, Maine (1440 AM), and WNRI in Woonsocket, RI (1380 AM). BC radio broadcasts are handled by announcer John Rooke and expert analyst Peter Cronan.

Eight is great, nine divine...
If the Eagles win Friday's game:

  • They will become only the ninth team in 101 years of BC football to win nine or more games.
  • They will become only the second BC team in the 1990s to win nine or more games.
  • They will have their best regular-season record since the memorable 1984 season, when they were 9-2 heading into the Cotton Bowl with Doug Flutie at the helm.

Eagles are RED hot in last five games
A look at BC's efficiency in the "red zone" (inside the 20-yard-line) this season reveals that the Eagles have been red-hot in the zone the last five games. BC has entered the red zone (inside the 20) 16 times during the last five games and have scored 14 of those times (87.5%). Ten of those scores have been touchdowns. Against Notre Dame, BC was in the red zone at the end of the game when quarterback Tim Hasselbeck took a knee to kill the clock.

BC - Game# in RZTDFGEffic.
Baylor64183.3%
Navy3 1033.3%
Rutgers422100%
Northeastern31166.7%
Temple42050.0%
Pittsburgh11 0100%
Miami54080.0%
Syracuse321 100%
West Virginia4 2 2100%
Notre Dame3 1 166.7%
Season Totals36 20877.8%

Opp. - Game# in RZTDFGEffic.
Baylor42175.0%
Navy3 1166.7%
Rutgers100 0.0%
Northeastern2 1050.0%
Temple431100%
Pittsburgh5 1380.0%
Miami431100%
Syracuse523 100%
West Virginia220100%
Notre Dame330 100%
Season Totals33 181084.8%

Eye on the Eagles - 1999 season synopsis

Game One (BC 30, Baylor 29, OT) - In an exciting season opener, Baylor's Kyle Atteberry missed an extra point in overtime and Boston College, behind Cedric Washington's 177 yards rushing and three touchdowns, beat Baylor 30-29 in Alumni Stadium. On Boston College's overtime possession, Washington scored on a 1-yard run and John Matich kicked the extra point. Baylor then scored on a 1-yard run by Jermaine Alfred. Atteberry, who missed a long extra-point attempt after Baylor was penalized for excessive celebration following a second-quarter touchdown, pulled his kick to the left. BC Record: 1-0, 0-0.

Game Two (BC 14, Navy 10) - After a week off, linebacker Frank Chamberlin led an aggressive defensive attack (11 tackles, 9 solo, one sack) as the Eagles defeated Navy, 14-10, in Annapolis. Junior quarterback Tim Hasselbeck completed 16-of-25 passes for 271 yards and a touchdown. The Eagles dominated time of possession 34:52 to 25:08 in that game. BC Record: 2-0, 0-0.

Game Three (BC 27, Rutgers 7) - The Eagles opened their BIG EAST schedule in style with a 27-7 road win over Rutgers. Tim Hasselbeck completed 17-of-22 passes for 168 yards, one TD and no interceptions as the Eagles amassed 427 yards of offense. Cedric Washington carried 21 times for 147 yards and two touchdowns on the day. Defensively, the Eagles intercepted three Mike McMahon passes, led by Jonathan Ordway, who picked off two. The BC defense also held Rutgers to 98 yards on the ground. BC Record: 3-0, 1-0.

Game Four (BC 33, Northeastern 22) - BC got off to a 4-0 start when it defeated hometown foe Northeastern 33-22 in Alumni Stadium. The Eagles returned a fumble for a touchdown, returned a block punt for a touchdown and returned an interception for a touchdown on the day. Cedric Washington rushed for 107 yards on 15 carries. Tim Hasselbeck completed 11 of 26 passes for 113 yards. BC Record: 4-0, 1-0.

Game Five (Temple 24, BC 14) - BC suffered its first loss of the season at the hands of Temple at The Vet in Philadelphia. Tim Hasselbeck completed 14-of-22 passes for 146 yards and one touchdown in the game, but the Eagles were held to 105 yards rushing (60 from Cedric Washington). Temple scored 24 unanswered points in the final 30:02 of the game to hand BC its first loss of the season. Sophomore quarterback Devin Scott completed 17-of-23 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns on the day. BC blocked a punt for the second straight game. BC Record: 4-1, 1-1.

Game Six (BC 20, Pittsburgh 16) - In perhaps their most impressive win of the season, the Eagles took a 20-16 come-from-behind victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers in Alumni Stadium. Quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, who did not start the game due to a sore right shoulder, came into the game in the third quarter when starter Brian St. Pierre suffered a concussion. Hasselbeck then completed 13-of-24 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winner, a 36-yard bomb to Dedrick Dewalt with 1:48 remaining in the game. The Eagle defense - led by Chris Hovan (7 solos, 2 assists, 4 tackles for loss and 2 quarterback sacks) - came up big to stop a final Pittsburgh drive and preserve the important win. BC Record: 5-1, 2-1.

Game Seven (Miami 31, Boston College 28) - In the heartbreaker game of the season, Miami mounted an incredible comeback to beat BC 31-28 in Alumni Stadium. The Eagles led 28-0 late in the third quarter but were unable to hold the lead. Junior running back Cedric Washington rushed for a career-high 183 yards and one touchdown, averaging 6.3 yards per carry. BC outrushed UM 237-178 in the game. Junior quarterback Tim Hasselbeck completed 18-of-35 passes for 139 yards and one touchdown. The Eagles held Miami to 4-of-15 on third down conversions. BC Record: 5-2, 2-2.

Game Eight (Boston College 24, Syracuse 23) - A redeemed John Matich kicked a 34-yard field goal with 2:57 remaining and Frank Chamberlin made his 25th - and most important - tackle on fourth-and-14 to preserve an emotional victory over No. 24 Syracuse in the Carrier Dome. BC got a huge lift when DuJuan Daniels returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown before the game turned into a struggle that had six lead changes. Trailing 17-14 to start the second half, Chamberlin intercepted a pass by Troy Nunes and returned it 26 yards to the Syracuse 33 to set up a Cedric Washington touchdown. Syracuse took the lead early in the fourth quarter before Tim Hasselbeck completed a 40-yard pass to Derrick Crittenden late in the game to set up the Matich field goal. BC Record: 6-2, 3-2.

Game Nine (Boston College 34, West Virginia 17) - Cedric Washington rushed for 181 yards as BC defeated the Mountaineers on Senior Day in Alumni Stadium. The Eagles scored third-quarter touchdowns on Pedro Cirino's 63-yard fumble return (the first touchdown of Cirino's career) and Tim Hasselbeck's 66-yard pass to Dedrick Dewalt to break open a game they led 17-10 at halftime. The Mountaineers, outgained 291 yards to 134 in the half, had cut the lead to 17-10 on Jay Taylor's 41-yard field goal on the last play. They drove again on the opening series of the third quarter, getting a first down at the BC 32-yard line. It took them 10 plays to get there but only one for BC to turn the game around as Lewis fumbled trying to hand off to Avon Cobourne. Cirino scooped the ball up and ran untouched for the touchdown. West Virginia punted on its next two possessions and BC needed only one play to scored again as Hasselbeck hit Dewalt at about the Mountaineers 35 and the receiver ran the rest of the way with 4:10 remaining in the third quarter. Matich added a 26-yard field goal with 2:06 left in the game. BC Record: 7-2, 4-2.

Game Ten (Boston College 31, Notre Dame 29) - This is one Boston College had been aiming for since a heartbreaking Senior Day loss to the Irish in Alumni Stadium a year earlier. Tim Hasselbeck had a sensational day, throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for one as BC defeated the Irish 31-29 in the last game of the millennium in hallowed Notre Dame Stadium. Hasselbeck completed 20-of-30 passes for 272 yards and also led the team in rushing with 60 yards on 15 carries. He accounted for 332 of BC's 442 yards of offense on the day. Senior tight end Bryan Arndt led all receivers with five catches for 80 yards and one touchdown, but freshman Jamal Burke also starred with touchdown grabs of 22 and 34 yards. The game was far from over until senior safety Pedro Cirino snagged an interception on Notre Dame's final drive with 2:05 remaining. It was BC's first win over the Fighting Irish since 1994 and happened six years to the day - and by the exact same score - after BC's stunning 1993 victory over the top-ranked Irish in Notre Dame Stadium. BC Record: 8-2, 4-2.

American top 40
Below are NCAA national individual or team statistical categories in which BC appears (40th or better):

Individual Leaders

  • Rushing: 28. Cedric Washington (101.7)
  • Kickoff Returns: 18. William Green (26.0)

Team Leaders

  • Rushing: 26. Boston College (177.1)
  • Punt Return Yards: 37. Boston College (10.8)
  • Kickoff Return Yards: 35. Boston College (21.8)
  • Scoring Defense: 31. Boston College (20.8)

Stingy defense
Boston College is allowing opponents to score just 20.8 points per game, its best defensive effort since 1994, when BC opponents averaged 13.5 points per game.

60-minute men
"I talked a lot this year about mental toughness. We lost a couple of down-to-the-wire games last year. This year, Baylor went down to the last minute, Navy did, as did the Pittsburgh, Miami and Syracuse games. You've got to be prepared to play the whole way, and if it goes into overtime, you've got to be prepared to play that. You have to be mentally tough and able to withstand all the highs and lows that happen in a football game. That's one thing we've been able to accomplish this year."

    Coach Tom O'Brien

A recap of BC's season illustrates what O'Brien's talking about. In 9 of BC's 10 games, the Eagles have either been ahead or tied going into the fourth quarter of play. In six of those games, BC has been within a touchdown of its opponent going into the fourth quarter. A breakdown:

OpponentScore after 3 Qtrs.Final Score
BaylorBC 16, BU 16BC, 30-29, ot
NavyBC 7, Navy 3BC, 14-10
RutgersBC 20, RU 7BC, 27-7
NortheasternBC 20, NU 14BC, 33-22
TempleTU 24, BC 14TU, 24-14
PittsburghBC 13, Pitt 13BC, 20-16
MiamiBC 28, UM 7UM, 31-28
SyracuseBC 21, SU 20BC, 24-23
W. VirginiaBC 31, WVU 10BC, 34-17
Notre DameBC 24, ND 17BC, 31-29

"We try to get ourselves into a position to win. When you get to that point in the game, somebody has to make a play to win the game. We came into this year talking about our mental toughness, our will to win, hanging in there and playing 60 minutes, and not looking at the scoreboard. I think we've done that."

    Coach Tom O'Brien

Washington reaches milestone
Although he only racked up 45 rushing yards before spraining his left knee at Notre Dame, Cedric Washington nonetheless because the 13th player in BC football history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a single season. He now has 1,017 yards on the season.

Washington now has 1,201 career yards, which places him 25th on the BC all-time rushing list. Although Washington had played sparingly before this season, he could make an impact on the BC record books. If, for example, he continues at his current average for 12 more games (one this season and 11 next year), he would finish as one of BC's five top rushers of all-time.

What's the difference?
After suffering through back-to-back 4-7 seasons, the Eagles are enjoying their 8-2 record and No. 20 national ranking. What has been the major difference this season? A breakdown, by the numbers, of several categories in which the Eagles have shown significant improvement this season:

Category1998 Stats/BE Rank1999 Stats/BE Rank
Scoring Defense28.3 ppg./5th20.8 ppg./4th
Turnover Margin-0.18/5th+1/3rd
Rushing Defense163.8/5th132.9/5th
Total Defense398.0/6th370.5/4th
Pass Efficiency136.4/4th128.1/2nd
Pass Def. Efficiency143.6/8th127.2/5th
First Downs236/4th212/1st
Penalties544/3rd503/2nd
Time of Poss.30:48/3rd31:20/1st

Johnson takes stock
Cornerback RaMon Johnson is a member of the Boston College team - which is in the lead - in the 1999-2000 Tucker Anthony BIG EAST Stock Challenge. The Challenge involves portfolio management teams from all 13 BIG EAST schools competing against each other, under the guidance of seasoned investment executives. The teams are comprised of business/finance majors in good academic standing at each school, at least one of whom must be an athlete. Each team invests a hypothetical $250,000 in a "pure stock" portfolio. Initial portfolios were priced on Oct. 29, 1999 and final portfolios will be priced on Feb. 18, 2000. Throughout the contest, each team can trade as often as it wants, keeping in mind that commissions will be charged for each transaction. Portfolio standings, including top five holdings, will be updated on a weekly basis and the contest will end just prior to the BIG EAST Men's Basketball Championship in New York.

The latest rankings:

Team%Change
1. Boston College29.21
2. Connecticut13.60
3. Pittsburgh12.78
4. West Virginia8.66
5. Villanova8.19
6. Miami6.95
7. Providence5.57
8. St. John's2.21
9. Seton Hall1.58
10. Syracuse1.35
11. Georgetown0.48
12. Rutgers-5.49
13. Notre Dame-7.33

Kudos for Chamberlin
Linebacker Frank Chamberlin was named the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week by the Charlotte Touchdown Club for the week ending Oct. 30. Chamberlin led the Eagles in their 24-23 victory over Syracuse with a career-high 25 tackles (15 solos), 3 TFLs, 1.5 sacks and a 26-yard interception return. He also was named USA Today College Football Player of the Week and BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week.

DuJuan's Midas Touch
What is it with DuJuan Daniels? Every time the sophomore tries something new, it seems to work - in a big way. Against Syracuse, the first time he ever returned a kickoff for the Eagles (subbing for the injured William Green), Daniels took the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, providing a huge lift for an Eagles team still stinging >from the come-from-ahead loss to Miami a week earlier. That 100-yard kickoff return was only the third in Boston College history, the first since 1973. It also represented the first BC kickoff return for a touchdown since 1990.

"What a tremendous effort by DuJuan," Coach Tom O'Brien says. "He's going to keep returning kicks now."

Earlier this year, it was deja vu all over again. Daniels caught a 64-yard pass for a touchdown in the Navy game on his first play ever on offense (he was moved from defensive back a week earlier). In his high school debut for Bishop Chatard in Indianapolis, Daniels snagged a 60-yard pass for a touchdown on his very first play, from Rich Linden, now the starting quarterback for Harvard.

Matich on the move
With his 53 points thus far, senior placekicker John Matich has moved into second place on the BC all-time scoring list. The top five:

Player (years)Points
Brian Lowe (1986-89)262
John Matich (1996-99)241
Troy Stradford (1982-86)216
Fred Steinfort (1972-75)215
Keith Barnette (1973-75)206

Matich is seventh on the BIG EAST all-time scoring list.

Football News honors O'Brien
Coach Tom O'Brien has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the Football News' 1999 Coach of the Year award. O'Brien joins some elite company that includes Florida State's Bobby Bowden, Penn State's Joe Paterno, Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer and Kansas State's Bill Snyder. The list will be trimmed to three finalists on Nov. 22. The winner will be announced on Dec. 1. Last year's FN Coach of the Year was Arkansas' Houston Nutt. The 10 semifinalists:

  • Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech
  • Bobby Bowden, Florida State
  • June Jones, Hawaii
  • Steve Logan, East Carolina
  • Glen Mason, Minnesota
  • Tom O'Brien, Boston College
  • Joe Paterno, Penn State
  • Jackie Sherrill, Mississippi State
  • Bill Snyder, Kansas State
  • Tyrone Willingham, Stanford

Youthful Eagles...
The past two years, BC has signed 40 prospects to national letters-of-intent. Of those, 36 still have freshman eligibility.

Of 93 scholarship players and/or walk-ons on the BC roster, only 29 (31.2%) are upperclassmen, Nearly half - 44.6% (41-93) - of the players on the roster are freshmen or true freshmen, Throw in the sophomore class of 23 and a full 68.8% (64-93) of this team is either a freshman or sophomore.

...especially the offense
A freshman, sophomore or junior leads the Eagles in every offensive category, including:

  • Rushing (Cedric Washington, 101.7),
  • Passing (Tim Hasselbeck, 180.2 and Brian St. Pierre, 41.4)
  • Receiving (Dedrick DeWalt, 50.7 and Washington, 16.5)
  • Total Offense (Hasselbeck, 199.8, Washington, 101.7, St. Pierre, 56.1)
  • Punt returns (Dewalt, 18/136)
  • Kick returns (Green, 12/312)
  • All-Purpose yards (Washington, 1,182, DeWalt, 653).

Hovan looms large
BC senior Chris Hovan is among the 12 semifinalists for the 1999 Rotary Lombardi Award, given annually to the nation's top lineman. The other semifinalists include LaVar Arrington (Penn State), Alex Brown (Florida), Courtney Brown (Penn State), Steve Hutchinson (Michigan), Chris McIntosh (Wisconsin), Corey Moore (Virginia Tech), Rob Morris (Brigham Young), Rob Renes (Michigan), Chris Samuels (Alabama), Corey Simon (Florida State), and Adalius Thomas (Southern Mississippi).

Eagle notes
The 1999 BC roster boasts the top two rushers in Massachusetts high school football history - Cedric Washington (6,688 yards, 1992-95, Holyoke) and Doug Bessette (5,034 yards, 1995-98, Bridgewater-Raynham). Several other Eagles left their marks in the rushing record books at their high schools: DuJuan Daniels led the state of Indiana in rushing as a senior, gaining 2,509 yards on 312 carries. Daniels rushed for 325 yards in two games, junior wide receiver Steve Dapra finished as his high school's all-time leading rusher with 2,970 yards, tight end Mike Guazzo set his high school's all-time rushing record with 2,121 yards, freshman running back Paul Cook finished his career as his school's all-time rushing and scoring leader, and freshman running back Greg Toal broke every offensive record at his school. He finished with 96 career touchdowns...BC's game vs. Northeastern featured a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown, a fumble recovery for a touchdown and an interception return for a touchdown. When Doug Bessette blocked a Northeastern punt and Ralph Parent returned it for a touchdown at 14:47 in the fourth quarter, it was the first time a Boston College player had returned a blocked punt for a touchdown since David Johnson accomplished the feat on Oct. 13, 1990...Also of note in the Northeastern game -- Frank Chamberlin's fumble recovery for a touchdown was BC's first since Eric Storz returned one vs. Syracuse (67 yards) on October 26, 1996. And RaMon Johnson's interception return for a touchdown was BC's first since Eric Shorter accomplished the feat vs. Temple (35 yards) on October 15, 1994..The BC vs. Pittsburgh game was a big one for BC tight ends. Bryan Arndt had a career-best day with six catches for 88 yards and one touchdown. Mike Guazzo snagged a 21-yard catch, while Robert Ellis caught a 12-yarder...Quarterback Tim Hasselbeck received the Orrie T. Scarminach Award, presented annually for the past 17 years to the MVPs of the BC-Syracuse game...In special halftime ceremonies at the Miami game, Boston College retired a jersey honoring the late William J. Flynn '39, who served as the Director of Athletics at BC from 1957 until 1991. A week earlier, BC retired a jersey honoring Eagle great Art Donovan (1946-49). Donovan was one of the greatest linemen ever to play at BC.

Keeping watch
Several Eagles are listed on watch lists for college football's top postseason awards, including:

  • Rotary Lombardi Award (top lineman): Chris Hovan
  • Dick Butkus Award (top linebacker): Frank Chamberlin
  • Jim Thorpe Award (top defensive back): Pedro Cirino
  • Bronko Nagurski (best defensive player): Chris Hovan
  • Outland Trophy (top interior lineman): Chris Hovan

Catch The Tom O'Brien Show
Each Thursday from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., BC Head Coach Tom O'Brien will be featured on "The Tom O'Brien Show" on Sports Radio 850 WEEI. The show is hosted by Ted Sarandis and Peter Cronan.

Xaverian connection
The BC roster features seven players - including three starters - >from Westwood (Mass.) football power Xaverian Brothers High School. The Xaverian Eagles include starters Tim Hasselbeck, Scott Bradley and Adam Newman, as well as Derrick Knight, J.P. Comella, Dan Murphy and Shaun Toof.

NFL Eagles
According to the National Football League, 20 former Boston College Eagles were listed on NFL opening-day rosters (the most of any BIG EAST school other than Miami). Of 250 colleges and universities with former players in the NFL, only 23 have more than BC. The former Eagles:

PlayerTeam
Stephen BoydDetroit Lions
Doug BrzezinskiPhiladelphia Eagles
Mark ChmuraGreen Bay Packers
Mike CloudKansas City Chiefs
Stalin ColinetMinnesota Vikings
Doug FlutieBuffalo Bills
Glenn FoleySeattle Seahawks
Matt HasselbeckGreen Bay Packers
Pete KendallSeattle Seahawks
Mike MamulaPhiladelphia Eagles
Tom McManusJacksonville Jaguars
Pete MitchellNew York Giants
Tim MorabitoCarolina Panthers
Tom NalenDenver Broncos
Daryl PorterBuffalo Bills
Bill RomanowskiDenver Broncos
Ron StoneNew York Giants
Erik StorzJacksonville Jaguars
Chris SullivanNew England Patriots
Damien WoodyNew England Patriots

Class act
In the past 13 years, the Boston College football team has won the American Football Coaches' Association (formerly CFA) Academic Achievement Award three times and finished as an honorable mention selection nine times, including 1999. BC has one of the nation's highest graduation rates for all varsity athletes. That figure averaged 83 percent over the last 10 years.

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