At the same press conference in which he announced a new kicker, Boston College football coach Steve Addazio also declared senior defensive lineman Mehdi Abdesmad out for the season.
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The Montreal native had four tackles for the Eagles this season, having started the UMass and Pittsburgh games. In the most recent depth chart, which had been updated today prior to the breaking news, Abdesmad was listed as the starting left defensive tackle over fellow senior Nick Lifka, the latter of whom may now take over in a greater role.
The news was also broken by The Heights as part of a busy day in Eagles football.
Mehdi Abdesmad suffered a season-ending injury in the early stages of last season against Florida State, and reports would seem to indicate that the old injury has become a problem again. He will have one year of eligibility remaining.
The loss of Abdesmad is a blow to the depth of the Eagles, who are down their second starting defensive player in the past week: on Friday, the team announced that junior cornerback Bryce Jones was dismissed from the program due to a team rules violation.
Mehdi Abdesmad was a better defensive lineman than his final stats would lead on: he was an effective pass rusher and, having moved into the middle, was doing good things for Boston College in terms of bolstering the run defense. His presence will be sorely missed, and a defense with some noticeable exposures looks even more vulnerable as ACC play approaches.