One of the great things about sports at pretty much any level is that it can always be debated. Whether it’s who’s uniforms are better or who just has a better overall team, nothing’s too small to be debated.
College football is one of the most tradition and pride-rich sports out there, and fans of different programs will inevitably end up arguing over who has the better program. One source of pride is consistently producing good players, and having a reputation for good play at a certain position. A good friend of mine in college was a die-hard Penn State fan, and he loved to brag about Penn State’s history of producing linebackers. He once told me that Boston College’s 5-Star linebacker Brian Toal wouldn’t even start at Penn State.
As John mentioned in the Daily Links on Wednesday, Boston College was named Offensive Tackle U by rivals.com’s “Position U.” Much like Penn State’s linebackers, Boston College has a rich history of turning out quality offensive linemen. Anthony Costonzo. Marc Columbo. Dan Koppen. Tom Nalen. The list goes on an on. Even NFL Superagent and former NFL lineman Tom Condon is a Boston College alum. Even when I was a kid, my Dad (BC Class of ’75) would tell me about the great Eagles’ O-Line tradition. And I remember his excitement when the Pats drafted Damien Woody and Dan Koppen. I remember being semi-annoyed that they took Solder over Costonzo in last year’s NFL Draft (Solder’s been good, though).
Boston College doesn’t get a lot of props, even when they deserve it, and are frequently underrated. So it’s good to see them get the recognition they deserve. And this isn’t the first time. Last time Rivals did “Position U,” in 2006, they were rated the top school for Guards and Centers. They were finalists for that this year. They were also finalists in “Quarterback U” (Yes, I’m serious), and “Pass Rushers.“
This team has a history of having solid players, especially on the offensive line. Let’s hope that will translate to some wins this season.
P.S.: Happy 100th Birthday to Fenway Park!