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Luke Kuechly named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week

11.15.10 at 1:56 pm ET
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Boston College sophomore linebacker Luke Kuechly was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his efforts in Saturday’s 21-16 victory at Duke. Kuechly, the nation’s leading tackler, finished with 21 tackles (9 solo). It was his second game this season with 20-plus tackles, and he’s the only player in the nation with two such games under his belt. Kuechly also had a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and two pass breakups. As a team, the Eagles held Duke to four rushing yards in the game and 311 net yards of offense.

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The Three-Pointer: Strong start for Steve Donahue’s Eagles

11.12.10 at 10:14 pm ET
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St. Francis bills itself “The Small College of Big Dreams.” Friday night in Chestnut Hill, it was a nightmare of epic proportions for the visiting Terriers, as Boston College rolled to a 79-49 victory.

St. Francis came close to setting a number of Conte Forum records for offensive futility, mainly due to the fact that the Terriers missed 19 of their first 20 shots. With seven minutes remaining in the first half, BC led 24-2. Not a bad start for first-year coach Steve Donahue‘s troops.

“It’s really important for this group to get off to a good start,” Donahue said. “We’ve done a lot of work for six months. I thought they’ve done everything we’ve asked as a staff to try to get ready. I want them to be rewarded for that. That’s a good sign. They should feel good about themselves. There’s obviously great room for improvement, and I’m excited about getting in the gym and trying to get better. And I think we can.”

At the other end of the floor, Glenn Braica was making his debut as a head coach after 21 seasons as an assistant at St. Francis and St. John’s. It didn’t go so well. No need to bore you with the statistics. It was bad. A late surge allowed St. Francis to avoid entering its name in the record books.

Joe Trapani led the way for BC with 20 points. Corey Raji and Reggie Jackson contributed 17 points apiece.

One of the few problems for BC was its 3-point shooting, as the Eagles hit just 4-of-21 on the night.

“I thought they were rushed,” Donahue said. “I thought we were maybe open but we just didn’t give it a chance. ‘€¦ A lot of times, 3s success is based on passing. And I thought we didn’t do a great job of moving the basketball ‘€” it was one pass and then he’s open. I don’t think we were in rhythm. We didn’t make the defense guard us as much as I would like. Hence, I thought we rushed a few.”

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Trio of highly regarded Southern California basketball players set to sign with Eagles

11.10.10 at 2:41 pm ET
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New Boston College basketball coach Steve Donahue is prepared to make his first statement that he can recruit at the next level with expected letters of intent from three Southern California players: 6-foot-11, 265-pound center Kyle Caudill (Brea Olinda), 6-3 guard Lonnie Jackson (Valencia) and 6-8 forward Ryan Anderson (Long Beach Poly). The first day of the early signing period is Wednesday.

The three players were teammates on travel teams and will use their friendship to help during the acclimation to the East Coast.

“I’m pretty excited,” Jackson told The Los Angeles Times. “It’s going to be a great time. Just from the weekend I spent with Ryan, we were having a blast together. It’s cool to have friends you can go through the experience with.”

The LA Times story refers to the players as “three of the best basketball players in Southern California,” and notes that Caudill averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds last season, Jackson averaged 23.6 points and Anderson averaged nearly 13 points and 8.6 rebounds and “is considered the top player on the likely preseason No. 1 team in the state.”

Caudill originally had planned to attend Arizona State but decommitted last summer and announced plans to attend BC in August, according to an ESPN profile. He’s a big body and is said to have solid fundamentals and good use of both hands around the basket.

Jackson’s reputation is as a thin, sharpshooting guard. He made a verbal commitment to the Eagles in September.

The scouting report on Anderson, who also gave a verbal in September, is that he has a nice shooting touch and is a great passer for a power forward.

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Former BC football player killed in local car accident

11.09.10 at 9:47 pm ET
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Robert Ziminski, a defensive end on the Boston College football team from 2002-05, was killed in a one-vehicle traffic accident early Saturday morning in Canton, according to a release from the school.

‘€œWe were shocked and saddened to hear of Robert’€™s tragic death,’€ BC coach Frank Spaziani said. ‘€œHe was a member of the Boston College football family, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.’€

Ziminski was a native of Willow Springs, Ill.

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Eagles’ Wes Davis ends football career

11.01.10 at 6:03 am ET
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Senior safety Wes Davis put an end to his football career Sunday after suffering the secoond serious neck injury of his career agaisnt Maryland on Oct. 23. Davis was hospitalized after falling near the far sideline of Alumni Stadium. Davis consulted his doctors adn family and decided to make a decision to end his career.

MRI and CT scans showed no fracture but Davis was hospitalized for his second serious neck injury of his BC playing days after he missed most of 2007 with a neck injury.

A defensive co-captain, Davis is third on the team with 36 tackles, including 26 solo tackles and one in interception. The Eagles will miss this valuable leader in the secondary.

Other Updates:

  • Cornerback DeLeon Gause will undergo surgery on his right knee this Wednesday, coach Frank Spaziani announced. He should miss at least three weeks and he may be able to return 10 days or so after that time.
  • Right tackle Rich Lapham was injured Saturday against Clemson. He suffered a knee injury and he will have an MRI on Sunday.
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Tim Fox’s son finally gets his chance

10.31.10 at 11:26 am ET
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CHESTNUT HILL — With starters Alex Albright, Wes Davis and DeLeon Gause out on defense, Chris Fox – the son of former Ohio State and New England Patriots star defensive back Tim Fox – had his moment to shine Saturday.

Fox – a senior back-up cornerback but special teams standout – filled in Saturday for his injured teammates.

‘€œIt’€™s nice to get my chance, to feel like you did something important to help the team,” Fox said. “I’€™ve been waiting a while and it’€™s unfortunate when guys go down. We had a lot of leaders in Gause,
Albright and Wes but we have a lot of good guys that stepped up. It’€™s a job. You have to step up
and fill in shoes and I think we did it to the best of our ability and we’€™re going to keep doing it.’€

The cornerback finished with five tackles, including three solos, and broke up three passes and helped the Boston College defense keep the Clemson offense out of the end zone in a 16-10 win at Alumni Stadium.

While Fox hasn’t been spotlighted that much on defense, he’s been busy on special teams. He returned a kickoff for 13 yards and had two tackles and a pass breakup against Maryland, returned eight kickoffs for 130 yards at NC State, had a pass breakup against Notre Dame and returned four kickoffs for 93 yards against Virginia Tech.

He came to BC with some big credentials, earning 2005 Eastern Massachusetts Division 1 Player of the Year honors from the Boston Globe and All-Scholastic honors from the Boston Globe and Boston Herald while at Xaverian. He also earned Boston Herald All-Scholastic accolades as a junior and was Catholic Conference MVP honors as a senior.

He scored 16 touchdowns (nine receiving, seven rushing) and led the Hawks to a share of the conference title.

Chris is enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences and is the youngest of Deb and Tim Fox’s three children. Tim, of course, was an All-American at Ohio State under Woody Hayes and played 10 years as a free safety in the NFL. He played the 1976-81 seasons with the Patriots, before finishing his career with the San Diego Chargers and the Los Angeles Rams.

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Things we learned: BC 16, Clemson 10

10.30.10 at 5:31 pm ET
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CHESTNUT HILL — The Eagles finally put it all together on Saturday. As a result, they’€™re taking the O’€™Rourke-McFadden Trophy with them.

The Eagles denied Clemson’€™s second half drives and held on for a 16-10 victory, snapping their five-game losing streak. The Eagles defense played to their potential against a potent Clemson attack and refused to give up big plays, keeping the Tigers offense from reaching the end zone. The special teams units pitched in, with three field goals from Nate Freese and a fumble recovery on a second quarter kickoff.

Entering the game with a five-game losing streak, their longest since 1998, BC played solid football on every side of the ball en route to their best game of the season. After throwing an early interception, Chase Rettig calmed down and leaned on Montel Harris, who continued his elusive running to give BC a 16-10 lead at halftime over Clemson.

Early on, the Eagles’ offense showed some hangover from last week’€™s game against Maryland, when they lost a heartbreaker, 24-21. With 11:59 in the first quarter, Rettig threw a pass intercepted by Rashard Hall for a 52-yard touchdown return. But despite inconsistent quarterback play, the BC offense has been sparked by the rejuvenated play of Harris in the past three weeks as he passed 3,000 career yards against Maryland.

Rettig recovered nicely and on the second BC drive, he threw a 40-yard pass to Ifeanyi Momah to bring the Eagles to the 2-yard line. However, Clemson executed a strong goal line stand and forced BC to settle for a 21-yard Freese field goal to bring the game to 7-3. Read the rest of this entry »

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Luke Kuechly would someday make a perfect Patriot

10.30.10 at 4:58 pm ET
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CHESTNUT HILL — As you sit, listen and watch 19-year-old Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly answer questions, you think what a bright, tactful, prepared and gifted football player.

Then you think of the New England Patriots.

Bill Belichick has made a Hall of Fame career out of developing such players into cogs of the machine that has become the Patriots franchise.

Players that fly to the ball. Players that know their position on the field at all times and always seem to make the right play at the right time for the right reason. Like when he stopped Clemson’s Dwayne Allen a full yard short on 4th and 1, with BC clinging to a 16-10 lead with 5:17 left in the fourth.

“I knew they were going to try and isolate me,” Kuechly said. “They’ve run that play probably about three or four times on me and they got me once on it, I think in the first half. I kind of was expecting it again. I think what actually happened is he actually ran his route a little short because he didn’t get there and he was open and everything. I tried to bang him a little bit but he made the catch and I was looking over and I thought he ran his route past the first down [marker]. Man, I need to make a better play. But he ran his route a little short and helped me out a little bit.”

Sounds a lot like what Belichick talked about two weeks ago when he described how Devin McCourty impressed him in film study as a mere rookie, and what impressed him so much about Ray Lewis coming out of the University of Miami. Read the rest of this entry »

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First take: BC holds off Clemson, snaps skid

10.30.10 at 3:12 pm ET
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CHESTNUT HILL — Chase Rettig earned his first win as the starting quarterback and tailback Montel Harris had 178 yards of total offense, as Boston College snapped a five-game losing streak with a 16-10 victory over Clemson Saturday at Alumni Stadium.

With Harris rushing 36 times for 142 yards on the day, Rettig passed only 16 times, completing nine. One of those completions was 36 yards to a wide-open Harris for second-quarter touchdown, giving BC its first lead at home since Kent State on Sept. 11. Rettig overcame another struggling effort early, throwing an interception to Rashard Hall, returned 52 yards for Clemson’s only touchdown of the day.

Kicker Nate Freese hit all three of his field goal attempts – twice from 36 yards and once from 21 – in support of a staunch defensive effort. All-American linebacker candidate Luke Kuechly picked off a pass near midfield with 1:42 left in the fourth and then knocked down a “Hail Mary” attempt as time expired to seal the win for the Eagles.

BC improved to 3-5, 1-4 in the ACC and visit Wake Forest next Saturday in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Halftime analysis: BC leads Clemson, 16-10

10.30.10 at 2:00 pm ET
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CHESTNUT HILL–  This is what the Eagles should look like.

Amidst their recent struggles, the BC team has played solid football on every side of the ball. After throwing an early interception, Chase Rettig regained his form to make some big throws and Montel Harris continued his elusive running to give BC a 16-10 lead at halftime over Clemson. The Eagles defense also played well against a potent Clemson attack and refused to give up big plays, holding Clemson to only one third-down conversion in the half. Even the special teams units have pitched in, with three field goals from Nate Freese and a fumble recovery on a second-quarter kickoff.

BC (2-5, 0-4 ACC) and Clemson (4-3, 2-2 ACC) met in Chestnut Hill for this year’€™s battle of the O’€™Rourke-McFadden Trophy. The trophy is awarded annually to the winner of the BC-Clemson football game to commemorate the rich football traditions of both schools. The Eagles have won four of the last six meeting but have lost two consecutive games to Clemson. The Boston College Gridiron Club initiated the award in recognition of Clemson’€™s welcoming of BC into the ACC.

Since 2003, BC has been one of the conference’€™s top teams ‘€” but this year is proving to be an exception. BC, trying to snap a five-game losing streak, will have to go through a Clemson team that has had played well this year but lost a few close games to high-ranked teams like Miami (FL) and Auburn.

Last week’€™s game against Maryland was one of BC’€™s better performances, as the Eagles rallied in the second half but fell just short.The BC offense has been sparked by the rejuvenated play of Harris in the past two weeks as he passed 3,000 career yards against Maryland but inconsistent quarterback play has given opposing teams too many scoring chances in recent weeks.

This week started no differently. With 11:59 in the first quarter, Rettig threw a pass intercepted by Rashard Hall for a 52-yard touchdown return.

Rettig recovered nicely and on the next BC drive, threw a 40-yard pass to Ifeanyi Momah to bring the Eagles to the 2-yard line. However, Clemson executed a strong goal line stand and forced BC to settle for a 21-yard Freese field goal to bring the game to 7-3.

Clemson responded with a 64-yard drive that ended in a Chandler Catanzaro field goal to bring the Clemson lead to 10-3.

In the second quarter, BC mounted a 62-yard drive that encompassed over nine minutes but once again failed to score in the red zone, leading to a 36-yard Freese field goal.

The next Ryan Quigley kickoff was fumbled by Clemson and recovered by BC linebacker Steele Divitto at the Clemson 36-yard line. The resulting play led to a 36-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Harris to give the Eagles a 13-10 lead. It was the Eagles’€™ first lead at home since a Sept. 11 win against Kent State.

Possibly the most surprising statistics were that BC did not punt once in the first half and recorded 220 offensive yards while holding Clemson to only 92.

The half ended strangely as coach Frank Spaziani and the Eagles made the call to let the clock run down while inside the Clemson 20-yard line. The BC offense had established a solid rhythm after Catanzaro missed a Clemson field goal from the 26-yard line. Fans booed, hoping for a more aggressive approach to finish the half. Freese nailed another 36-yard kick to bring the lead to 16-10 as the half expired.

Rettig finished the first half going 4-for-6 attempts with 91 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Harris had another big half, carrying 23 times for 109 yards and his only reception came on his 36-yard touchdown catch. Harris recorded his fifth game of the season with over 100 yards to continue his assault on the BC record books.

Notes from the game:

Right tackle Rich Lapham was taken out of the game with a left knee injury and he will not return. Lapham is a 6’€™8’€™’€™ sophomore who is a crucial member of the strong BC offensive line.

Standout linebacker Luke Kuechly recorded six tackles, including his 100th tackle of the season. A true freshman, Kuechly has been amongst the nation’€™s best and vital member of a strong linebacker trio in Chestnut Hill.

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