Stellar, Standard & Subpar: Linebacker Vinny DePalma
The players have returned to campus and we inch closer to the start of the college football season. BC Bulletin will be previewing each player and projecting out their season. In these breakdowns, we discuss what a stellar, standard, and subpar season would look like for them. We are going in numerical order, today we preview linebacker Vinny DePalma.
DePalma, came to Boston College in 2018 from DePaul Catholic where he laid a strong legacy in New Jersey football. A first team All State selection his senior year, the young linebacker came to Chestnut Hill with offers from Duke, Wisconsin, Rutgers, and Pitt. His first season in 2018 he played in four games with two tackles for loss and was awarded a redshirt.
As a redshirt freshman in 2019, DePalma was thrusted into the spotlight due to the injury of Isaiah McDuffie, and made the most out of it. He started in his first game at the collegiate level and played in all thirteen for Steve Addazio. Had 33 tackles on the year playing inside linebacker, and five tackles for loss.
But what could 2020 look like for DePalma? With Jeff Hafley's system it will be interesting to see how the new coach spreads the field in 2020. The new system may go to a two linebacker system, with a "viper" position that will be a safety/linebacker hybrid. If that is the case, playing time could be challenging for this group of linebackers.
DePalma continues to do what he did last year, playing in every game, and with the starters all returning (McDuffie, Lamot and Richardson) he still finds the field for solid playing time. Makes some solid plays throughout the season and sets himself up nicely for a big role in 2021.
With the new defensive system, his playing time decreases, but DePalma still plays well in the time he gets on the field. Again he plays well enough to set himself up for a bigger role in 2021.
Due to no fault of his own, his playing time decreases due to the scheme and his fit in it.
Make sure to catch up and check out our other player profiles:
#41 K Aaron Boumerhi
#34 LB Joe Sparacio
#33 DB Connor Grieco
#33 RB Javian Dayne
#29 DB Steve Lubischer
#28 LB John Lamot
#27 DB Josh DeBerry
#26 RB David Bailey
#24 RB Patrick Garwo
#23 RB Travis Levy
#20 DB Elijah Jones
#18 DB Mike Palmer
#17 WR Bryce Sebastian
#16 TE/DE Joey Luchetti
#15 TE Danny Dalton
#14 LB Max Richardson
#14 QB Sam Johnson IV
#11 WR CJ Lewis
#10 Daelen Menard
#10 CB Brandon Sebastian
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