Football game notes -- Virginia Tech at Boston College
Could be considered an all-star candidate as he enters his senior season...could also battle for a starting role...finished the 2007 season with 39 total tackles (26 solos), 2.0 TFL, and a half sack...registered 3 solos in BC's win over Michigan State in the Champs Sports Bowl...had a five-tackle performance (three solo), including an assist on a tackle-for-loss against Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship...put together a five-tackle performance, including his first TFL of the season, and three solo tackles in the last home game that held Miami to 281 yards, giving BC the 28-14 victory... contributed a solo tackle in the defensive effort that helped stage another fourth quarter come-from-behind victory at Clemson, keeping the Tigers to 273 total offensive yards and writing the ticket for a trip to BC's first ACC Championship Game...tallied his second-highest tackle outing on the season, a three-solo, one assisted tackle performance at Maryland...also contributed to the first sack of his career resulting in a loss of three yards...marked two assisted tackles in loss against Florida State...achieved his 100th and 101st career tackles (two solo) in defensive effort that was able to keep Virginia Tech close enough to stage a monumental come-from-behind win in the fourth quarter ...assisted on three tackles (a season high) in 53 team tackle outing at Notre Dame...had best performance of season, tying the team-high with six total tackles (five solo) in solid defensive performance versus Bowling Green...combined for 2.5 total tackles (two solo) in outing against Massachusetts...made a solo tackle in win over Army...assisted on a tackle in win over Georgia Tech...recorded 3.5 tackles (three solo) in first performance of the season vs. N.C. State...missed season opener against Wake Forest due to injury but played the final 13 games of the season.
Played in all 13 games, starting seven contests...had 52 tackles, including 29 solo stops...made 3.5 tackles for loss, and recovered three fumbles during the season...had six tackles (four solo), one fumble recovery and one pass break-up in win over Clemson...had a career high 14 tackles (nine solo), including 1.5 tackles for loss against BYU...had one stop at North Carolina State...made four tackles (four solo) and recovered a fumble against Maine...had three tackles against Virginia Tech...made five tackles in win at Florida State...had one stop against Buffalo...made two solo tackles at Wake Forest...had six stops (five solo) including 1.0 tackle for loss against Duke...had one tackle against Maryland...made three tackles (two solo), including 1.0 tackle for loss at Miami...had four stops (two solo) against Navy in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
Played in all 12 games as a redshirt freshman...registered 28 tackles (16 solos), 2.0 tackles for loss and one fumble recovery; made at least one tackle in every game...saw his first collegiate action at Brigham Young and made his first stop late in the first quarter; finished the contest with one unassisted tackle and one assisted stop...registered two solo tackles and one fumble recovery against Army...had three assisted tackles against Florida State...registered four tackles (three solos) and one tackle for loss against Ball State...had three tackles (two solos) against Virginia...notched one solo tackle and one assist at Virginia Tech...had two assisted stops at North Carolina...tallied four tackles (three solos), including one tackle for loss, against North Carolina State...recorded three tackles (two unassisted) at Maryland...made one solo tackle against Boise State in the MPC Computers Bowl.
Earned All-Northeast accolades from Tom Lemming ... gained All-New England honors as a senior tight end/safety at Governor Dummer Academy ... was a two-time All-Independent League first-team selection ... gained Team MVP honors in 2003 ... served as 2003 team captain for head coach Mark Gerry ... played in the 2004 Massachusetts Shriners Football Classic ... also excelled on the Governors' basketball and track teams; won the New England Class C 100-meter title in 2003 ... attended Ross Sterling High School in Baytown, Texas before moving on to GDA.
Robert Francois, born May 14, 1985 ... enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences ... Robert is the son of Susanne Gens and Griffin Francois; has one older brother and one older sister.