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On Campus: Boston College’s Andy Gallick front and center on Rimington Award watch list

BostCollege center Andy Gallik | Supplied photo

Boston College center Andy Gallik | Supplied photo

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Updated: September 26, 2014 1:20PM



Seth Betancourt. Bob Vardaro. Harris Williams. Ian Silberman.

If Boston College center Andy Gallik had his way, the names of the aforementioned quartet also would be on the list of nominees for the 2014 Rimington Award.

However, since there exists a stipulation that only centers can be nominated for and win the award, it is just Gallik, a resident of Evergreen Park, who is one of the candidates for the accolade.

“Being nominated for the Rimington came as an attribution of the success we had as a team running the ball last year,” Gallik said. “From the team’s success came this. I’m fortunate to be nominated as one of the top centers in the country and to have the talented players I have to the left and right of me who have made me the player I am.

“I would argue that our O-line is the closest unit of the football team. We have five fifth-year seniors in our O-line. We’re like brothers on and off the field. We’re all friends and we’re all family.

“The chemistry is priceless on the field. Execution is simpler in tough situations because of that.”

The 6-foot-3, 299-pound Gallik, who is entering his fourth season as a starter for the Eagles, was chosen to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Third Team in 2013 and named to the 26-man preseason All-ACC Team for the upcoming season.

“Plain and simple, the center is the quarterback of the offensive line,” Gallik said. “You have to be able to make adjustments, and there’s a lot of pride and leadership as the center. You’re the guy everyone looks to in terms of communication for every single play.

“There’s a lot of responsibility and pride from a leadership standpoint in being a center. You are held accountable for all communication.”

Gallik, a 2010 Brother Rice graduate, played offensive right tackle from fifth grade through high school and was recruited to Boston College to play guard. Upon arriving in Chestnut Hill, he was asked by the Eagles coaches to move to center, where he has continued to thrive.

“I was asked to fill a role at center,” Gallik said. “I worked my tail off, and I was able to do that. I’m very happy about it now. I love being the center. You hold the ball every single play. ... It all starts with the center.

“There’s kind of a moxie about centers because of all the duties involved. You have to be mentally tough to keep everyone on the same page during games while handling your own responsibilities during the games. I’m very happy I play center.”

Off the field, Gallik graduated with a degree in sociology in May and is pursuing a second major in information systems with a goal of attending law school when his football career is completed.

For now, Gallik is concerning himself with his final season at Boston College, which begins Aug. 30, when the Eagles travel to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, to meet UMass.

“Our first goal is we want to start off with a win over UMass,” Gallik said. “After that, we want to make it to Charlotte (North Carolina) and win the ACC championship this year. I think this is a fitting goal for us now because of the type of team we have.

“This is my final year. I’ve always wanted to play in the ACC championship game. That’s my biggest goal now.”

Easy as 1,2,3

Three Southland residents were recipients of postseason recognition from the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for the 2014 baseball season.

Chosen to the All-IIAC Second Team were Dubuque senior catcher Vince Parisi (Andrew) and Wartburg senior designated hitter Clay Emmrich (Marist). Named to the Honorable Mention squad was Dubuque freshman pitcher Justin Naval (Richards).

Parisi, a four-year starter, led the league with 13 hit-by-pitches and threw out 15 runners trying to steal, the second-most in the conference. The Tinley Park resident hit .296 with a team-high three home runs.

Naval pitched in a team-high 13 games. He tied the school record with five saves and earned two wins in relief. The closer pitched 241/3 innings, allowing 13 hits, with 24 strikeouts and a 1.85 ERA.

Emmrich appeared in 28 games, batting .310 with four doubles, two homers and 22 RBI.



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