Just 72 days stand between you and Boston College Eagles football in the 2013 season. The players have been converging on Boston to get themselves ready for what lies ahead, and they’re going to be busting their backsides for Coach Addazio and company. The least we can do is cheer them on every day until kickoff (from the comfort of our air-conditioned rooms).
Who Wears 72 Now
Jim Cashman, OL, redshirt freshman
Cashman was a 2011 recruit who sat out the 2012 season with a redshirt. With him having not played last season, his name somewhat faded into the background, but perhaps it shouldn’t: Cashman was the New Jersey Football Player of the Year in 2011. He was a three-star recruit with many BCS offers, including Miami, Michigan State, Pitt, and West Virginia.
Notables Who Wore 72
• Jeremy Trueblood, OT, 2002-05. Will enter his eighth NFL season.
• Al Krevis, OT, 1971-74. Two-time All-American, BC Varsity Club Hall of Famer.
• Mike Jovanovich, OT, 1988-91. Spent several years in the CFL.
• Ryan Poles, OT, 2004-07. Wore the same number as his dad, Robert Poles (1979-82).
Getting the BC Hall Call
Football figures elected to the Boston College Hall of Fame in ’72 were Mike Roarke, an end from the class of 1952, Tom Scanlan from the class of 1920, Art Spinney, an end from the class of 1950, and Joe Zabilski from the class of 1941.
Getting the National Hall Call
Charlie O’Rourke had all of those guys beat: he was named to the College Football Hall of Fame in ’72. As the school’s quarterback during the 1941 Sugar Bowl, he helped lead the team to what it claims as a stake in the national championship.
Finding the End Zone
The all-time Boston College record for passing touchdowns thrown is 72, held by Glenn Foley. He set the mark in 1993, moving beyond Doug Flutie’s 67. Since I know you’re thinking it, Matt Ryan is third on the list with 56 and Chase Rettig is sixth with 35.
Ryan Quigley punted the football 72 times in 2009; so did Steve Peach in 1985. Random enough for you?
Random Fact #2
Boston College’s third-highest point total in a game is 72, which came against NYU in 1946. Yes, NYU had a football team. Apparently.
Drafted in ’72
NFL Drafted, not Vietnam drafted
• Bill Thomas (1st round; Dallas Cowboys)
• Eddie Rideout (14th round; New England Patriots)
• Tom Bougus (16th round; Denver Broncos)
• Kevin Clemente (17th round; Washington Redskins)