101 Days of BC Football: Andy Gallik, #59


Now we’re settling into the offensive line stretch of the 101 Days, which I think even they would admit is a unit that needs to improve quite a bit if Boston College is going to accomplish anything in 2012. More than a few Eagles hail from the Midwest, and sophomore center Andy Gallik is one of them.

Gallik, of Evergreen Park, Illinois, was an All-State offensive lineman in high school who drew the interest of BC while he was a three-star recruit. After originally committing to Illinois, he decommitted and joined the Eagles in 2010 and redshirted, finally making his BC debut against Northwestern in 2011.

Fairly evaluating how he played, he looked like a freshman. There were times he held it together with regards to blocks, and other times defenders went right past him. The scouting report we had for Gallik coming out of high school indicated that he was a good blocker vis-à-vis the running game, but could have used better flexibility. BC’s run game definitely had its good days in 2011, but Gallik must improve at this position nevertheless.

Gallik is listed on his biography page as being 284 pounds, which is certainly light for a center. The spring depth chart now puts him at an even 300. It’s not at all impossible for him to have gained that much weight, but his official page does not yet reflect it. The extra pounds will help, but Gallik is not at the top of the two-deep here: Ian White, last year’s starting right guard, is.

Gallik will play, and hopefully an offseason of training and some added weight will help him contribute this season.