Boston College Football Countdown: 99 Days to Go


99 days from today is August 31, and on that day begins a new era in Boston College Eagles football. Today in the countdown is brought to you by the number 99 (not the steakhouse, and this article is not endorsed by Sesame Street).

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Who Wears 99 Now

Brian Mihalik, DE, junior

Mihalik, another Ohio defender from a fine Midwestern crop — Boston College has had a few good ones from the Buckeye State in recent years — is entering his junior season at Boston College. Last season, he backed up Kasim Edebali on the right end of the defensive line; Mihalik started twice but appeared in nine games total.

Over the course of the 2012 season, Mihalik totaled 22 tackles (10 solo), including 3.5 tackles for a loss, one sack, four passes defended, and a forced fumble. Not bad for limited playing time.

Notables Who Wore 99 In the Past

Stalin Colinet (1993-96), DE: 1996 team captain; 3rd round draft pick of Minnesota Vikings
Steve DeOssie (1980-93), LB: 4th round NFL draft pick; Super Bowl XXV champion; broadcaster
Sean Guthrie (1998-2001), DE: 2001 team captain
Jerry Willette (2004-08), DT: solid backup on excellent 2007 team

How Was BC Football in ’99?

1899 or 1999?

During the McKinley Administration’s ’99, Boston College football was quite good. They went 8-1-1, and in all nine of their non-losses, they shut out the opposition. In their loss, they got shut out. It was a simpler time when they played teams like MIT and Exeter Academy, but evidently, they couldn’t handle their own success, because they disbanded the team the next year.

As for 1999, in the middle of the Tom O’Brien years, the Eagles were again an eight-win team (8-4), but on New Year’s Eve, they got smacked around by Colorado in the Bowl.

Eagles Drafted in ’99

• Damien Woody (New England Patriots, 1st round)
• Mike Cloud (Kansas City Chiefs, 2nd round)
• Doug Brzezinski (Philadelphia Eagles, 3rd round)

Also In ’99

Frank Chamberlin tied a Boston College record against Syracuse with 25 tackles in a single game.

99 Yards to Paydirt

In 2012, Andre Williams ran 99 yards for a touchdown against Army, breaking a 68-year old program record in so doing. Let’s not discuss the rest of the game.

99 Days from Now

You’ll be watching BC beat Villanova.

99 Days Ago

Valentine’s Day 2013, when recruits were staring to feel the love of Boston College’s family atmosphere and elite educational opportunities.