Boston College Football Countdown: 23 Days to Go


The Boston College Eagles football season is just 23 days away. That’s not a lot, ya know.

Who Wears 23 Now

Myles Willis, RB, freshman

Willis is a multi-talented football player from Georgia who played for the Marist School before coming to Boston College. He quarterbacked and ran the ball, doing both successfully — so successfully, in fact, that Willis was Georgia AAAA Region 6A All-State Offensive Most Valuable Player and second team all-state.

It’s a tough call on whether or not he redshirts this year. One might want to save him for next year, but with the lack of depth at the position, he will probably play as a true freshman, and would likely be one of the best options.

Give him a follow on Twitter, if you haven’t already.

Notables Who Wore 23

Troy Stradford, RB, 1982-86. One of BC’s best running backs of all-time.
Jim Noel, DB, 2009-12. 2012 team captain; previous owner of #23.
Kelly Elias, LB, 1974-77. 1977 team captain; twice All-ECAC.
John Matich, K, 1996-99. One of BC’s most productive kickers.
Keith Miller, FB, 1990-93. 1,115 career yards and nine touchdowns.

Hall of Famer

Mike Holovak scored 23 touchdowns during his Boston College football career, and those 23 touchdowns helped get him in the College Football Hall.

Some Other Good Players

Like Holovak, Steve Strachan and Dan Conway also had 23 career touchdowns as Eagles.

Remember Him?

Boston College quarterback Quinton Porter threw 23 touchdowns as an Eagle. So did Jack Concannon, a quarterback from the early 1960s.

Wrong Team

Shawn Halloran owns the dubious record of most interceptions thrown in a single season with 23 (1985).

It’s Good

Sandro Sciortino, former Eagles kicker, owns the record for most field goals made in a single season with 23 (2002).

Pulling Rank

Boston College finished two seasons ranked 23rd in postseason polls: the 1994 AP and the 2001 AP.

Tackle Machine

Luke Kuechly’s personal best for tackles in a game was 23, which he did in 2011 against Duke. Stephen Boyd also did it in 1993 against Virginia Tech.

Random Fact

Boston College got 23 penalties by first down last year, which must be good because their opposition only combined for eight.

Hauling In

Bobby Swigert caught a total of 23 passes last season for 268 yards.

Yards After Catch

Chris Pantale’s longest reception of the 2012 season was a 23-yard catch against Virginia Tech.