Boston College will be without its top defender, defensive end Harold Landry, Wednesday against Iowa in the 2017 Pinstripe Bowl.
Landry is the Eagles’ top defender when he’s healthy. Landry missed the Eagles’ final four games of the regular season after sustaining an ankle injury, but Boston College hasn’t ruled out a return for the bowl game.
Boston College has had time to get used to not having Landry in the lineup, but his absence should still hurt the Eagles. Boston College won four of its last five games, but those came against a cratering Florida State, Virginia, Connecticut and Syracuse, none of which finished above .500.
In 2016, Landry had 16.5 sacks and forced 7 fumbles. He decided to return to Boston College for his senior season, and it hasn’t seemed to hurt his draft stock. NFL Draft Scout ranks him as the top outside linebacker in the class. At 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, he projects to be a pass-rusher at either outside linebacker or defensive end in the pros.
Iowa and Boston College kick off in the Pinstripe Bowl on Wednesday at 5:15 p.m ET. ESPN will televise the game.