Heisman Rankings 2018: Top 20 Heisman Trophy candidates

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The Boston College Eagles have not made much of a statement in recent years in the ACC, as they usually finish around .500, and go to a small bowl game. Last season, the Eagles finished with a 7-6 record, which included a loss in the Pinstripe Bowl against the Iowa Hawkeyes by the score of 27-20.

While the Eagles will likely not make noise in the ACC again in 2018, they do have a player who is going to make some serious noise on a national level. Running back AJ Dillon is arguably the best running back in college football and is looking to build off a freshman season that was one of the best in conference history.

Dillon, who stands at 6-feet and weighs 240 pounds, is a dynamic blend of power and speed. During his breakout freshman season for BC, Dillon finished third in the entire country with 300 rushing attempts, while his 1,589 yards were good for seventh. He finished first, and third in those categories respectively in the ACC.

The first Boston College player eeverto be named ACC Rookie of the Year, Dillon’s rushing mark his first season with the Eagles was the second-highest by a freshman in ACC history. In addition, Dillon was an FWAA All-American in 2017, the first BC player to be named to that team since star linebacker Luke Kuechly, who has gone on to be quite the player in the NFL.

Nobody really expects the Eagles to do much in the ACC this season, but for Dillon, he could put together a year that lands him in the Heisman conversation. He will have to be a bit more active in the passing game, but when it comes to pure talent at the running back position, there are few that can hold a candle to him.