Boston College Football Countdown: 73 Days to Go

With just 73 days remaining until kickoff of the 2013 Boston College football season, have you gotten your tickets yet? Just asking, jeez.

Who Most Recently Wore 73

NCAA Football: Clemson at Boston College

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John Wetzel, RT

This number has yet to be reassigned, but the last young man to don it was John Wetzel, an offensive lineman from Pennsylvania who graduated after the 2012 season. After being switched with Emmett Cleary from Chase Rettig’s blind side entering last year, the results from Wetzel improved and even got to the point where he was being considered an NFL Draft prospect. He was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in February, and though he did not get drafted in April, he was signed shortly after the draft by the Oakland Raiders.

Notables Who Wore 73

Marc Parenteau, OG, 1999-2002. Canadian O-lineman, currently in the CFL.
Clif Ramsey, OT, 2006-08. Started 13 games during the 2007 season in front of Matt Ryan.

40 Years Ago…

Boston College was 7-4 in 1973. Of course, no bowl game, because none of Joe Yukica’s teams made one — no matter how good some of them may have been. In the days when bowls were at a premium, this was perhaps less deserving of a team than some of his others.

73 Days Ago…

…was April 7, 2013. The following day, Boston College football picked up its third and fourth recruits for the 2014 class: Harold Landry and Darius Wade. Wade is a dual-threat quarterback with other offers from ACC rivals NC State and Syracuse, while Landry is a defensive end who has turned down every school on the planet so far to stay at BC.

Enshrined in ’73

1973 saw two new football members of the Boston College Varsity Club Hall of Fame. The first was Jack Concannon, quarterback of the class of 1964, and the second was Ernie Stautner, tackle from the class of 1950.

Most Outstanding

In ’73, running back Mike Esposito won the George Bulger Lowe Award, given “by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston to Outstanding Football Player in New England.” That season, he set what was a record in terms of rushing yards with 1,289 in eleven games. He also tied a BC record with a 100-yard kickoff return play.

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