Boston College Football Countdown: 87 Days to Go

It’s just 87 days from Boston College football now. That still leaves you plenty of time to pick up your Eagles season ticket package. Young alumni like me can get them at a discounted rate, and anyone can get the hospitality package. (No, I’m not being commissioned by BC Athletics to sell you these tickets, but I do take PayPal if anyone wants to hire me to do so.)

Who Wears 87 Now

NCAA Football: Clemson at Boston College

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CJ Parsons, TE, junior

Parsons is one of the leading tight ends on the Boston College football team, entering his junior season on the Heights. He began his college football career at Northeastern, eventually transferring down the road to BC when the Huskies’ program dissolved. At Northeastern, he was listed as a defensive lineman, but was converted to a tight end for the 2012 season. Playing in all 12 games but starting just four as a backup to Chris Pantale, Parsons finished the year with seven catches for 39 yards. He enters 2013 still looking for his first touchdown reception.

With Pantale gone, Parsons and yesterday’s feature at #88, Mike Giacone, are likely the frontrunners for the starting job.

Notables Who Wore 87

Barry Gallup, OE, 1965-68. Boston College football elder statesman; associate AD for football ops.
Lars Anderson, TE, 2008-11. Not to be confused with the Red Sox prospect.
Brett Chicko, TE, 1986-88. Now a podiatrist.
Joe Lukis, OE, 1962-63. 1963 team captain.

The Decline of the Bicknell Era

The ’87 Eagles season marked the beginning of the end for coach Jack Bicknell. From this year on, he would not know a winning season again at Boston College. The 1987 team went 5-6 and it would only get worse from there.

Notables on the ’87 Eagles

• Darren Flutie, WR. Doug’s brother.
• Mark Chmura, TE. All-time Green Bay Packer great.
• Bill Romanowski, LB. Retired NFL all-pro.
• Tom Waddle, WR. Ex-NFL player; NFL Network analyst.
• Mike Power, QB. Romo’s workout buddy; future starting quarterback.
• Matt Kelley, LB. One of BC’s all-time top tacklers.

It’s Still A Lot of Yardage

The third-longest rush in Boston College football history is 87 yards. It was second on the list until Andre Williams set the record with a 99-yard burst against Army in 2012. This particular feat came in 1968 by Dave Bennett against Navy.

Drafted in ’87

• John Bosa (1st round; Miami Dolphins)
• Kelvin Martin (4th round; Dallas Cowboys)
• Steve Trapilo (4th round; New Orleans Saints)
• Troy Stradford (4th round; Miami Dolphins)

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