Nine BC players signed with NFL teams after the end of the annual draft, including Jeff Smith, Hamp Cheevers, Lukas Denis, and Connor Strachan.
BC sent a school record seven prospects to Indianapolis—over the course of the four-day pre-draft workout period, some Eagles surprised, while others underwhelmed.
In his first year as a starter, Hamp Cheevers finished the season tied for the nation lead with seven interceptions and only allowed 35 receptions and 433 yards on 74 targets.
Although the final three games of the regular season ended in disappointing defeats, BC still enters the bowl season having been ranked for the first time since 2008 while additionally hosting College GameDay.
Despite traditionally strong programs like Virginia Tech, Miami, and Florida State struggling, the Eagles failed to take advantage and instead limped to a fourth-place finish in the Atlantic Division.
Ranking second in the conference only behind three-time defending league champion Clemson, BC boasts 13 All-ACC players this season—including four First Teamers—both of which are program records.
Michael Walker returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, but the Eagles managed just 113 total yards of offense and eight first downs in a dismal performance against the Tigers and their excellent defensive line.