At BC: The Eagle coaching staff believes Hovan rates among the nation's premier defensive linemen...an All-BIG EAST first-team selection the last two seasons, Hovan will contend for All-America accolades in 1999...has significantly increased his strength...the coaches call him one of the hardest-working members of the team...made three tackles, broke up a pass and credited with two sacks in the spring game.
1998 Season: Named to the All-BIG EAST first team for the second straight year...Started all 11 games at the nose guard spot...Was second on the team with 81 tackles...Led the team with five and a half sacks...Had one pass breakup and nine QB hurries...Season-high 12 tackles versus Temple...Racked up two sacks and seven solo stops versus Notre Dame
1997 Season: Enjoyed an award-winning season, capturing All-BIG EAST, All-ECAC and All- New England honors...had a breakout year, starting all 11 games...finished with 58 tackles, four sacks and six quarterback pressures...was credited with five or more stops in six games...recorded 13 tackles and three sacks at Virginia Tech; his three sacks resulted in a loss of 16 yards...registered seven stops -- all unassisted -- at Temple; had four tackles behind the line of scrimmage against the Owls...made seven tackles, including three solos and one tackle for loss, against Cincinnati...registered six tackles in a home win over Pittsburgh; was on the field for a season-high 74 plays against the Panthers...made five tackles and recorded an eight-yard sack in a home win over West Virginia...had five tackles against Georgia Tech...was very active at Notre Dame, recording four tackles, one stop for loss, three quarterback pressures and one forced fumble.
1996 Season: Was one of only six true freshmen to earn The Sporting News' All-Rookie Team honors...drew a starting assignment in the season opener at Hawaii and was in the starting lineup in 10 games... finished with 31 tackles, including two that caused lost-yardage...had a big play against Notre Dame, recovering a fumble in the end zone that nullified an Irish scoring bid...a steady and consistent player throughout the year, his best game was a five-tackle effort in the win at Cincinnati.
High School: Earned All-America honorable mention honors from USA Today and All-Region accolades from Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report...captured All-State and All-City honors from the Cleveland Plain-Dealer...also earned All-County and All-District recognition...made 85 tackles, including a school-record 26 sacks, as a senior defensive end...led head coach Chuck Kyle's team to its fifth consecutive Ohio state title and a #2 ranking in the 1995 USA Today High School Poll...played in both the Ohio North-South All-Star Game (Canton, Ohio; July 1996) and the Pennsylvania-Ohio Big 33 All-Star Game (Hershey, Penn.; July 1996)...one of four members of his high-school class to earn a Division I scholarship...he is joined by QB Scott Mutryn and LB Nick Blevins as St. Ignatius alumni on the Eagle roster this fall...a fine athlete who also earned All-State lacrosse honors as a junior.
Personal: Christopher James Hovan, born May 12, 1978...enrolled as a communication major in the College of Arts & Sciences...Chris is the youngest of Rose Mary and Dennis Hovan's three sons.
Career Stats Year S A Tot TFL SK Int FR 1996 16 15 31 2 0 0 0 1997 35 23 58 8 4 0 0 1998 50 31 81 13 5.5 0 0 TOTALS 101 69 160 23 9.5 0 0