ACC: Anthony Costanzo

ACC and the NFL combine

February, 4, 2011
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The official list for the NFL combine has been released. A total of 48 players from the ACC have been invited to audition for the NFL from February 23 – March 1. When categorized by school, it's somewhat of a reality check to see how many of the best players in the conference are moving on, and which programs will take the biggest hit. It's impossible not to wonder how good North Carolina could have been had all of the following players remained eligible. The Tar Heels will send the most players to the combine with 11.

Here are the players who will represent the ACC:

BOSTON COLLEGE (3)
  • Anthony Castonzo
  • Rich Lapham
  • Mark Herzlich
CLEMSON (7)
  • Da'Quan Bowers
  • Marcus Gilchrist
  • Chris Hairston
  • Jamie Harper
  • Jarvis Jenkins
  • Byron Maxwell
  • DeAndre McDaniel
FLORIDA STATE (3)
GEORGIA TECH (3)
MARYLAND (3)
MIAMI (9)
NORTH CAROLINA (11)
NC STATE (2)
VIRGINIA (2)
  • Danny Aiken
  • Ras-I Dowling
VIRGINIA TECH (5)

BC quarterbacks have strong surrounding cast

April, 23, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Whoever winds up being Boston College's quarterback this fall -- Dominique Davis, Justin Tuggle or Codi Boek -- will have plenty of help returning from last year's Atlantic Division-winning team.

The quarterback position has easily been the biggest question mark in Chestnut Hill this spring, and with the Eagles' spring game quickly approaching and the competition still close, odds are it's one that will play out in summer camp. But don't underestimate the other factors first-year coordinator Gary Tranquill has to work with:

  • BC should have one of the best offensive lines in the ACC. Four starters return there, including senior center Matt Tennant and junior tackle Anthony Costanzo, who has started 28 straight games.
  • The staff seems to love sophomore tailback Montel Harris, whose 900 rushing yards last year were the most ever by a BC freshman running back.
  • Two of the top three receivers return in seniors Rich Gunnell (49 catches) and Justin Jarvis (25 catches). Expectations are also higher for tight end Lars Anderson, who played in every game last year and caught nine passes for 84 yards and a touchdown.

And that's just the offensive side of the ball. BC's secondary might be one of the best it's had in years, and it never hurts to have the ACC Defensive Player of the Year back for another season in Mark Herzlich.

It's too early to tell how much the surrounding playmakers can compensate for an inexperienced quarterback, but there's no question they will help ease the transition.

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