For the second straight season, Boston College has one representative on the preseason All-ACC team.
A year after Kevin Pierre-Louis was the team’s lone pick, center Andy Gallik found himself on the first-team offense after tallying 39 votes (out of 99 ballots cast by media at the ACC Football Kickoff this past weekend).
Florida State, led by Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, landed the most spots with nine players on the All-ACC list, with Duke coming in second at four spots and Clemson and Virginia Tech each grabbing three spots.
Gallik, a 6-foot-3, 299-pound redshirt senior from Evergreen Park, Ill., has started the past two seasons at center for the Eagles and will play a key role on what’s expected to be another stout offensive line in 2014.
He was named to the initial 2014 Rimington Trophy watch list in May.
One of two BC players in attendance at the ACC’s media days in Greensboro, North Carolina, Gallik was asked about the turnover on the O-line (with senior tackles Ian White and Matt Patchan graduating).
“Having myself, Harris Williams and Bob Vardaro back is awesome because the starting experience we bring back, but at the same time we also bring [transfer Ian] Silberman from Florida with starting experience and we bring Seth [Betancourt] back with experience, as well,” Gallik told reporters, according to a transcript provided by the ACC. “What I said to a lot of people earlier was having five fifth-year seniors on the same offensive line, that's something I've never been around, I've never heard of, and I think that's really special. We all have that same burning desire to be great, and I think that we could do some really good things this year.
“Last season we had a great offensive line, as well. I just think that the potential and the ceiling for this offensive line this year is much higher, and we're putting the work in so that it can pay off this fall.”
Considering that the 2013 O-line helped open the holes that led to a 2,000-yard, Heisman-finalist season for Andre Williams, BC’s backs -- led by Myles Willis and Tyler Rouse -- must like the sound of that.
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