Top 5 Boston College Football Freshmen to Watch in 2014

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Aug 31, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston College Eagles mascot Baldwin in the stands during the second half against the Villanova Wildcats at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Top 5 Boston College Football Freshmen to Watch in 2014

4. Mike Knoll, K

Knoll’s potential impact for the Eagles this season (and going forward, for that matter) is cut and dry: he might end up as the team’s starting kicker, which as we have seen in recent years tends to be a four-year term.

The last two kickers, Steve Aponavicius and Nate Freese, both held the starting roles for four seasons, though the walk-on Aponavicius displaced Ryan Ohliger mid-season.

Knoll could be the next four-year kicker for the Eagles, and it starts in 2014. Phil Steele’s 2014 college football preview also believes as much, projecting him as this year’s kicker. Though we know him from his high school days to be a capable and accurate kicker, he does not have easy shoes to fill. Freese was statistically one of Boston College’s best kickers in program history, and he was one of only two Eagles kickers ever to be drafted into the National Football League.

Win, lose, or draw, Boston College is going to live or die on Knoll’s leg here and going forward. That’s impact.