The 2014 Boston College football player previews begin with senior defensive lineman Mehdi Abdesmad.
Our Canadian pass rusher came to Boston College with rave reviews from la belle province. What kind of contributions might he make in 2014?
Mehdi Abdesmad #45: Fast Facts
- Position: Defensive end
- Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
- High School: Cégep du Vieux-Montréal
- Measurements: 6-foot-7, 290 lb.
- Age at 2014 season opener: 22
- BC games played: 24
- BC cumulative stats: 45 tackles, 2 sacks, 6.5 TFL
Mehdi Abdesmad #45: 2013 Season
- Games played: 4
- Cumulative stats: 17 tackles, 2 sacks, 3.5 TFL
- Missed last nine games of 2013 season due to torn left patellar tendon suffered during Florida State game
Abdesmad appeared on the spring roster this year and indications are that he will be ready to go for the 2014 season. At least, we have not heard anything definitive that would dissuade us from collectively thinking as such.
Coming off of a major injury is scary for many. It’s scary for the player, because recovery can be at times a long and winding process. It can also be scary for the fans, because it may be hard to tell what you’re going to get out of said player the following season.
Abdesmad came to Boston College as a feared pass rusher from up north. At the time of his injury last season, he was just starting to emerge under Don Brown’s sack-happy defense, which is certainly suited towards his strengths. Had he played a full season, he might have come up with six or seven sacks, but we will never know. All he can do is prepare himself for 2014 and stay healthy.
As a senior with two dozen games of playing experience under his belt, coupled with the departures of both of last year’s starting defensive ends (Kaleb Ramsey and Kasim Edebali), it is likely that Mehdi Abdesmad will get significant field time this season, if not as a starter from day one.