Senior defensive back Dominque Williams of Brockton, Mass. earns annual honor
Winner of BC?s Scanlan Award, highest honor bestowed upon a BC football player, representing outstanding achievement in athletics, academics and citizenship?fourth-leading tackler on the squad with 78 total (59 solos)?led the entire team with 9.0 TFLs?also had three pass breakups, three quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries?has played in 48 consecutive games for the Eagles?registered two tackles, two assists vs. UConn in season opener?played key role in BC?s victory over Stanford with five tackles, one assist, one TFL?led Eagles in tackles vs. Miami ? 6 solos, 3 assists?the recipient of the Jay McGillis Scholarship, awarded annually to the BC defensive back who best exemplifies the personal qualities of McGillis (a starting defensive back for the Eagles who died of leukemia in 1992)?five tackles (2 solos, 3 assists), one TFL vs. Central Michigan?six solos, two assists vs. Virginia Tech?seven tackles, including one TFL, and career-high two fumble recoveries vs. Navy?10 tackles (seven solos), three TFLs, one quarterback hurry vs. Pittsburgh?seven tackles (five solos) vs. Notre Dame?eight tackles (five solos), including a TFL, a quarterback hurry and a caused incompletion, against West Virginia?had two solos in the Syracuse game before spraining an ankle and exiting the game?did not start but got in for one play in the Temple game to keep his streak of consecutive games played alive?came back the next week and got the start for the Rutgers game; four tackles (three solos) and a pass breakup?six solos vs. Toledo in the Motor City Bowl?member of BIG EAST All-Academic team.
Started and played for the Eagles in all 11 games at strong safety, plus the Music City Bowl win vs. Georgia?was tied as the second-leading tackler on the team with 85 stops - 52 primary?also posted eight tackles for a loss with a quarterback sack?had two interceptions on the season - one vs. Miami (Nov. 17) and one the following week vs. Rutgers?posted double-digit tackles in five games, including a career-high 12 vs. West Virginia (Sept. 1) and Miami?also had 11 tackles vs. Virginia Tech (Oct. 13) and 10 vs. Temple (Oct. 6) and Notre Dame (Nov. 10)?had five tackles in Music City Bowl? part of a BC secondary that helped the Eagles rank 10th in the country in pass defense efficiency and 12th in pass defense.
Played in all 11 games as a reserve at strong safety plus the Aloha Bowl win over Arizona State...had a then career-high 10 tackles at West Virginia (Sept. 2)...also registered five tackles vs. Virginia Tech (Sept. 30), Connecticut (Oct. 7) and Rutgers (Oct. 28)...had five tackles (one for a loss) in the Aloha Bowl?had a pass break-up vs. Rutgers...was 10th on the team with 35 tackles and had one for a loss.
Saw action in all 12 games, including one start?was the leading BC tackler in the Insight.com Bowl (nine total with eight solos)?recorded 25 tackles (17 unassisted), including one tackle for loss?made first career start in the West Virginia game?recovered a blocked punt against Baylor?had best game of season at Syracuse, where he registered five tackles, three of which were unassisted, and a tackle behind the line.
Earned Gatorade Massachusetts player of the year accolades as a senior...was a member of Tom Lemming's all-East team...captured the Gridiron Club's 1998 offensive player of the year honor...was selected as the Boston Globe's 1998 Division I player of the year...was a three-time Boston Herald all-scholastic choice...was also a three-time Old Colony League and three-time Brockton Enterprise all-star...led the Trojans to three consecutive Old Colony League titles and three straight Division I Super Bowl berths; B-R won the Super Bowl in his senior season...rushed for more than 1,500 yards and scored more than 20 touchdowns in each of his final three seasons...played for head coach Dan Buron...also earned OCL all-star honors in track...played baseball as a freshman and sophomore.
Doug Bessette, born November 23, 1980...enrolled in the Carroll School of Management?was named to the 2001 BIG EAST all-academic football team?was a member of his school's National Honor Society...is a certified scuba diver...Doug is the youngest of June and Robert Bessette's three children.