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Landry Leads Boston College

By BJ Bennett
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In addition to his personal production, Harold Landry helped the Eagles win three straight games to finish the year.

Expect to see a number of edge-rushers taken in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft; none of them were as productive as Boston College's Harold Landry this past year. It was he, not Jonathan Allen, Derek Barnett or Myles Garrett, who led the nation with 16.5 sacks, a new single-season program record. Landry also led college football in forced fumbles with seven, the most in college football since 2011.

In addition to his personal production, Landry helped the Eagles win three straight games to finish the year. He compiled four tackles, 1.5 sacks, two pass break-ups and an interception as the Boston College defensive line, as a group, earned MVP honors in a 36-30 Quick Lane Bowl triumph over Maryland.  

A North Carolina-native, Landry recorded 17 sacks as a senior in high school. His breakout college game came against nationally-ranked Florida State as a sophomore: 11 tackles and 1.5 sacks in holding the Seminoles to just seven offensive points. Last season, Landry set the tone for his historic run with three sacks in a win over Wagner, a feat he later matched in a key victory at Wake Forest that clinched bowl eligibility.

With Landry out in front, Boston College ranked second in the ACC, and in the top ten nationally, in total defense, allowing just 314.2 yards per game. The Eagles slotted fourth in the country in sacks, seventh in rush defense, ninth in tackles for loss, ninth in third down defense and tenth in turnovers forced. Few players, and few units, were better. Looking ahead, it's fair to expect more of the same.   

Landry's return, turning down the NFL for a year, gives Boston College one of the nation's premier players and some early momentum for this fall. Needless to say, he should be on everyone's pre-season All-American team this summer. With spring practice ongoing, the Eagles have a record-setter leading the way.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Matt Osborne and Kevin Thomas on the Southern Pigskin Radio Network and is the sports director for multiple ESPN Radio affiliates based throughout southeast Georgia. @BJBennettSports