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BC punter Ryan Quigley named ACC Special Teams Player of Week 11.21.11 at 4:18 pm ET
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Boston College senior punter Ryan Quigley was named ACC Special Teams Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Although BC lost to Notre Dame, 16-14, on Saturday, Quigley stood out, with six of his nine punts downed inside the Notre Dame 12-yard line.

Quigley averaged 41.0 yards per punt Saturday and matched his season high with a 52-yarder in the first quarter. The 6-foot-3, 188-pound South Carolina native has recorded five punts of over 50 yards this season. He led the ACC last season in punts landing inside the 20-yard line (26) and in total punting yards (3,282). Quigley holds the BC record for career punting with 277 total punts.

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Luke Kuechly in contention for two national awards 11.10.11 at 12:38 pm ET
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Luke Kuechly

Boston College junior linebacker Luke Kuechly was named as a finalist/semifinalist for two separate awards this week.

The 6-foot-3, 237-pound Cincinnati native is one of four finalists for the 42nd Rotary Lombardi Award, honoring the nation’s top lineman or linebacker, according to an announcement by the Rotary Club of Houston on Thursday.

Other finalists for the award include Alabama linebackers Dont’a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw and Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin.

Kuechly is also one of eight semifinalists for the Eighth Annual Lott IMPACT Trophy, according to an announcement Wednesday by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation. The Lott Trophy is awarded to college football’s defensive player of the year and is the first award to recognize athletic performance and personal character attributes of the player.

Kuechly is one of five linebackers named as a semifinalist. Others include Hightower, Texas’s Emmanuel Acho, Nebraska’s Lavonte David, and Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o. In addition to linebackers, two defensive backs – Oklahoma State’s Brodrick Brown and Virginia’s Chase Minnifeld – and Ohio State defensive lineman John Simon are among the finalists.

Kuechly leads all collegiate players with 80 solo tackles and 150 total tackles through nine games this fall. The junior leads active players with 491 career tackles including 218 solo tackles, and averages 14.0 tackles per game. He has made 10 or more tackles in 32 of 35 career games.

Last season, Kuechly was a unanimous All-America selection as a sophomore and received first-team honors from the Associated Press, the Sporting News, the Walter Camp Foundation, the Football Writers’ Association of America and the American Football Coaches Association.

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BC hockey to face off against Northeastern at Fenway Park 11.03.11 at 12:05 pm ET
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Coach Jerry York and the Eagles will return to the Fenway Park ice in January. (AP)

The Boston College hockey team will play in its second game at Fenway Park in three years when they face off against Northeastern University on Jan. 14 as a part of Sun Life Frozen Fenway 2012, the City of Boston, Hockey East Association, Boston Red Sox and Fenway Sports Management announced Thursday. BC was originally scheduled to play Northeastern at Conte Forum that day.

The game will take place a week after the first day of Frozen Fenway 2012, when the University of Massachusetts will play the University of Vermont followed by a game between the University of Maine and the University of New Hampshire in a doubleheader at Fenway.

“After the January 7th hockey doubleheader at Fenway Park sold out in less than a week, we wanted to offer hockey fans another opportunity to watch an outdoor game at the ballpark this winter,” said Sam Kennedy, the Red Sox Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, in a press release.

The Eagles last played at Fenway on Jan. 8, 2010, when they lost to Boston University, 3-2, in front of 38,472 fans, likely the largest crowd any of the players had ever played in front of. In contrast, Conte Forum can hold 7,884 fans for hockey games. BC also appeared at Fenway in April of 2010 when the team threw out the first pitch before a Red Sox/Orioles game after being honored for winning the 2010 NCAA national championship, their second in three years.

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BC’s Montel Harris will not play Saturday 10.06.11 at 12:12 pm ET
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Montel Harris had to fight his way to a new all-time BC rushing record. (AP)

Montel Harris will be out again when the Eagles take on Clemson Saturday, coach Frank Spaziani announced Wednesday afternoon.

“Montel had an MRI and he had a little swelling so we are shutting him down,” Spaziani told the assembled media Wednesday afternoon. “They just did the MRI. I haven’t had time to discuss with Montel, but he isn’t playing this week, and next week we have off.”

The running back first suffered a knee injury when he tore the left lateral meniscus in his left knee toward the end of last season. He then re-injured the knee during training camp and underwent surgery in August.

Harris has played in just two games this season, but he is the Eagles’ second-leading rusher, collecting 135 yards on 31 carries with no touchdowns. The senior is 868 yards shy of Ted Brown‘s ACC all-time rushing record of 4,602 career yards. Brown set the record with North Carolina State in 1978.

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Luke Kuechly wins weekly ACC linebacker honor 09.19.11 at 2:45 pm ET
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Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly was named ACC Linebacker of the Week Monday after recording 23 tackles in BC’s 20-19 loss to Duke. The 23 tackles marked a career high for the junior, who also tied Stephen Boyd for second on the team’s all-time single-game tackles list. Kuechly now has 399 career tackles and is on pace to become the fifth Eagle and 322nd player from the ACC to record 400 career tackles.

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