Boston College football will enter its 2013 season with one player having been recognized as a preseason All-ACC player. That man is senior linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis.
With 21 votes, Pierre-Louis sneaked into the third linebacker position behind Virginia Tech’s Jack Tyler and Florida State’s Christian Jones.
In 2012, Pierre-Louis was fourth on the Eagles with 85 tackles in nine games; he also had two sacks. This year, many will be looking to KPL to lead the Eagles’ defense as one of its most seasoned veterans. He is to be congratulated for this personal achievement.
Coming off of a 2-10 season, getting one player named to the list is not necessarily bad. Perhaps the only other player with a legitimate gripe would be Alex Amidon, who was second in the ACC in receiving yards last season with 1,210 yards. Amidon was beaten out by Michael Campanaro of Wake Forest for the second wide receiver position; Campanaro had 763 yards in 2012.
When the dust settles, however, preseason All-ACC lists do not matter. Postseason ones do. Even though the Eagles had a player named, regard this with whatever healthy amount of skepticism or nonchalance you prefer.