Earlier this week Pro Football Focus, a football data collection company, named their preseason All-ACC first team, with BC running back AJ Dillon serving as the lone Eagle selected. Offensive guard John Phillips and cornerback Brandon Sebastian were named to the second team, while defensive lineman Tanner Karafa received an honorable mention.
Dillon has been the Eagles’ standout player since he arrived on campus, and the team at PFF seems to agree, not naming another Eagle to the offensive or defensive first team. The lack of BC players on the list displays that the Eagles do not receive a lot of media attention nationally.
Premier programs in the ACC, like Clemson and Miami, each received at least three players named to PFF’s conference first team, while up-and-coming programs such as Virginia and Syracuse each had multiple players honored as well.
While they may not be in that league yet, BC will certainly hope to compete with that second tier in the ACC.
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PFF is obviously very good at analyzing player data and statistics, so the lack of Eagles on the list is probably not a simple oversight or a narrative of anti-Boston College bias. The Eagles just have not produced a lot of nationally relevant talent, other than Dillon, in recent years.
A lot of big names from last season moved on to the NFL, and their replacements have not been deemed up to par.
Perhaps, come the end of the season, PFF will regret not having some names at Chestnut Hill on their list. Quarterback Anthony Brown showed flashes of brilliance last season, but overall inconsistency held him back tremendously.
Isaiah McDuffie registered 85 total tackles and will bring some necessary senior leadership to a defense who lost an NFL starter in Zach Allen.
Overall, it’s great that Dillon was named to this prestigious list awarded by people who genuinely know what they’re talking about. However, it is disappointing to see that few other members of the team have been predicted to improve on last season.
The Eagles certainly hope that PFF’s postseason All-ACC list will have a lot more maroon and gold on it.
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