The halfway point of the Boston College Eagles football countdown nears as there are now just 54 days remaining until the start of the 2013 season, and with it a new era.
Who Most Recently Wore 54
Nick Clancy, LB
Clancy was one of those fly-under-the-radar guys in his first several years at Boston College — it’s hard to stand out as a linebacker when Luke Kuechly is soaking up all the tackles at an astronomical rate. When Kuechly left, Clancy took the lead and, in 2012, was tops on the Eagles by far in tackles with 145, an increase of 126 from his junior year when he had 19. That 145 figure led the ACC last season.
This all-ACC first-team linebacker signed with Matt Ryan’s Atlanta Falcons after the draft.
Notables Who Wore 54
• Scott Bradley, LB, 1998-2001. 2001 team captain.
• Ty Hall, OT, 2004-07. Offensive lineman during the Ryan years.
• Bob Jauron, HB, 1939-41. Dick’s dad; played in Cotton and Sugar Bowls.
• Shawn Regent, OT, 1982-85. 1985 team captain; briefly played for Raiders.
Chris Pantale netted 54 receiving yards in Boston College’s win over Maryland last season.
Boston College’s defense allowed fourth-down conversions at a 54% clip last season (13-for-24).
Random Fact #2; Rettig Random #1
Officially, Chase Rettig had 54 rushing attempts last season, many of which happened to be sacks.
Random Fact #3; Rettig Random #2
Chase Rettig had a 54% completion percentage for the 2012 season (253-for-467)
Bad News #2; Obligatory Flutie Mention
Doug Flutie threw 54 interceptions during his Boston College career, which is second all-time in the program’s history. Gotta take the good with the bad.
Finally, Good News
In Boston College’s memorable 2004 comeback win over Notre Dame, a 24-23 final score, there were 54 seconds on the clock when the Eagles scored the game-winning touchdown.