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 Brian Toal 16
Brian Toal
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Wyckoff, NJ

High School:
Don Bosco Prep

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 238

Position:
LB

Returns for senior season after receiving a medical redshirt in 2007 (shoulder injury)...named to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List, given annually to the top defensive player in the country...finished the 2006 season with 180 career tackles (98 solos), 16.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two interceptions, five pass breakups and one blocked punt and one blocked field goal...has started 24 games in his career... had been named to The Sporting News Preseason All-ACC second team, the Bednarik Award (outstanding defensive player of the year) and the Butkus Award (outstanding linebacker) watch lists before suffering the injury.

2006 Season
Played in all 13 games; started six contests...had 50 tackles, including 29 solo stops...ran 19 times for 35 yards and a team-high six touchdowns as a running back...made 4.5 tackles for loss, had two interceptions, including the game-winner at Central Michigan in the final minute...recovered one fumble and broke up two passes...was the team's short yardage back; led the team in rushing touchdowns with five...recorded seven tackles (four solo) and made an interception that sealed a win over Central Michigan; also ran the ball three times for five yards and a touchdown...recorded one tackle in win over Clemson...made three tackles (one solo) and rushed twice for two yards and a touchdown against BYU...had one pass breakup at North Carolina State; also scored one rushing touchdown...had six tackles (four solo) including one tackle for loss and ran for two yards on one carry in win over Virginia Tech...made three tackles and ran the ball four times for six yards, including a one-yard touchdown at Florida State...ran two times for five yards on offense and made one tackle and recovered one fumble on defense against Buffalo...had six tackles (three solo) including 2.0 tackles for loss at Wake Forest...made one solo tackle and returned an interception for 29 yards against Duke; also ran the ball two times for two yards...had season-high 11 tackles (six solo), including 1.0 tackle for loss against Maryland...had a team-high 10 tackles (nine solo), including 1.0 tackle for loss at Miami...ran once for a one-yard touchdown against Navy in the Meineke Car Care Bowl; also had one assisted tackle.

2005 Season
Played in 11 games...recorded 53 tackles (32 solos) including seven tackles for loss and two sacks; ranked fourth on the team in tackles...also registered one forced fumble, one pass breakup and one blocked field goal...played on both sides of the ball, making his mark as the team's short-yardage back...carried the ball 21 times for 49 yards and a team-high six touchdowns...enjoyed two two-touchdown games - against Army and Virginia...scored perhaps his biggest touchdown of the season at Clemson, plunging into the end zone from one-yard out to give BC the overtime victory...made a season-high 11 tackles (five unassisted) against Virginia Tech; shared one tackle for loss...started the season with four solo stops, including one tackle for loss (for one yard), at Brigham Young; blocked a 48-yard field goal attempt late in the second quarter...registered five tackles (three solos), including 0.5 tackle for loss (for one yard) against Army; had four carries for 13 yards and two touchdowns in short-yardage rushing situations...made six tackles (five solos, including one tackle for loss) against Florida State...made six tackles, including three solo stops, at Clemson; recorded an eight-yard quarterback sack and a two-yard tackle for loss (in overtime) against the Tigers; scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime on a one-yard run...had two tackles (one solo) against Ball State; carried the ball three times for 21 yards, including a season-long 13-yard rush...made four tackles (three solos) against Virginia; also scored two rushing touchdowns on one-yard carries...recorded nine tackles (five solos), one forced fumble and one pass breakup against Wake Forest; his lone carry in the game was a one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter...made a season-high 11 tackles (five solos), including 0.5 tackle for loss at Virginia Tech...recorded five tackles (three solos), including one tackle for loss (for one yard), at North Carolina...injured his left shoulder in the first series against North Carolina State and did not return...missed his first collegiate game at Maryland with an injured left shoulder; the injury snapped a streak of 18 consecutive starts...played sparingly against Boise State in the MPC Computers Bowl and recorded one assisted tackle.

2004 Season
One of the most coveted recruits in BC football history, Toal lived up to his billing as a true freshman...played in all 12 games, starting the final nine...earned 2004 Big East Rookie of the Year honors...also gained Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News...worked his way into BC's starting lineup by the fifth game and started the last eight games of the season...finished as BC's second-leading tackler with 77 (37 solos); also recorded 4.5 tackles for loss, two pass breakups, one forced fumble and one blocked punt...was named Big East Defensive Player of the Week after a career-high 15 tackles (12 solos, including two tackles for loss) against Rutgers...made one solo stop and four assisted tackles in his collegiate debut - at Ball State...led the team with eight tackles (four solos) against Connecticut; was also credited with one forced fumble...made four tackles (two solos) at Wake Forest...made two solo stops, including one tackle for loss, in his first collegiate start - against Massachusetts...totaled seven tackles (three solos, including one tackle for loss) at Pittsburgh...registered eight tackles, including three solo stops, and one pass breakup at West Virginia...made two solo tackles and seven assisted tackles at Temple...recorded four tackles (three solo) and one tackle for loss against Syracuse; blocked a second-quarter punt in that game that DeJuan Tribble returned 29 yards for a touchdown...gave an outstanding effort against North Carolina in the Continental Tire Bowl, totaling seven tackles (three solos).

High School
Earned All-America honors from USA Today and Parade magazine ... selected as the 2003 Gatorade Player of the Year in New Jersey ... also gained All-America accolades from SuperPrep and Tom Lemming ... selected as the New Jersey Defensive Player of the Year by the Star-Ledger ... played both linebacker and running back for the Ironmen ... played in the 2004 US Army All-American Bowl in the Alamodome in San Antonio ... was a two-time All-State first-team selection ... led Don Bosco to back-to-back NJSIAA Parochial Group 4 titles (2002 and 2003); took a screen pass 57 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of a 14-13 title-game victory over Bergen Catholic in 2003 ... rushed for 1,063 yards as senior; scored 32 touchdowns and recorded 194 points in 2003 ... made 106 tackles and 10.5 sacks in his final season ... his father, Greg, was his head coach ... also excelled on Don Bosco's track team; won the 100, 200 and shot put events at the league meet as a junior.

Personal
Brian P. Toal, born March 8, 1985 ... enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences ... Brian is the youngest of Susan and Greg Toal's three sons; his older brother Greg was a four-year football letterman (2000-2003) at BC.

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