Football game notes -- Virginia Tech at Boston College
Won the Rudy Award and the ACC's Brian Piccolo Award...started all 13 games and began playing full-time against Virginia Tech...third on the team with 65 tackles and 50 solo stops...tied for first on the team with two forced fumbles, second on the team with four interceptions and four pass break ups...also had 3.5 tackles for a loss...tallied five tackles (three solo) and one forced fumble against Nevada...had six solo tackles and an interception at Syracuse...totaled eight tackles (six solo) with one for a loss, a forced a fumble, a pass break up and an interception vs. Virginia...tallied six tackles at Duke...posted five solo tackles at Wake Forest...recorded six solo tackles and a pass breakup against Clemson...was second on the team with eight tackles (six solo) and a tackle for a loss against Maryland ... had three tackles, broke up a pass and had an interception at NC State...had another pick, defended a pass and made seven tackles against Virginia Tech...racked up four solo tackles including one for a loss vs. Kent State...led the team onto the field in the season opener against Weber State, racking up five tackles.
Entered the 2009 season as the defending ACC Player of the Year and the league's active leader in career tackles with 247...missed the entire season due to Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, which he overcame...earned numerous honors for his courage and outreach, including the Disney Spirit Award, an honorary Lott Trophy and the ACC Commissioner's Cup...recipient of The Joan S. and Thomas J. Giblin '50 Athletic Scholarship.
First Team All-American by Rivals.com and Scouts.com ... AP Third Team All-American and honorable mention by Pro Football Weekly and SI.com...ACC Defensive Player of the Year...finalist for the Butkus Award, presented annually to the nation's top linebacker...quarterfinalist for the Lott Trophy...three-time ACC Player of the Week...his six interceptions were the eighth most in the country and the most by a linebacker...returned two picks for touchdowns which was tied for best in the country...his 5.79 solo tackles per game ranked 11th in the nation...led the team with 110 tackles and 81 stops, six interceptions, eight pass break-ups, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries...also had 13 tackles for a loss which ranks second...registered five tackles (two solo) including two tackles for a loss and one pass break-up against Vanderbilt in the Music City Bowl...had seven tackles with a tackle for a loss and two fumble recoveries against Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game...recorded six tackles, a pair of sacks, a pass break-up, and an interception vs. Maryland...notched nine tackles at Wake Forest...picked off two passes at Wake Forest, including a 34-yard interception return for touchdown...also had nine tackles in that game...recorded four solo tackles, one for a loss, and two pass break-ups at Florida State...led the team with 11 tackles (10 solos) and three pass break-ups vs. Notre Dame...recorded six solo tackles, two of them behind the line, and had an interception against Clemson...registered eight tackles and a sack at North Carolina...had a season-high 13 tackles vs. Virginia Tech...registered eight tackles at NC State...recorded six solo tackles against Rhode Island and returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown...notched six tackles and a pass break-up against UCF...recorded a career-high 11 solo tackles and had 13 total against Georgia Tech...had eight tackles against Kent State...also added an interception late in the fourth quarter to seal the victory against the Golden Flashes.
Started all 14 games...finished the season second in total tackles with 97 (55 solos, 42 assists)...led the team with 12 tackles-for-loss (60 yards) to go with 1.5 sacks, 4 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, one quarterback hurry and an interception... led the team with 11 tackles (7 solos, 4 assists) and a fumble recovery in BC's win over Michigan State in the Champs Sports Bowl...had seven stops (four solo) against Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game...recorded seven tackles (five solo), two TFL resulting in 14 yards lost and assisting on a sack in final regular-season win over Miami at home...also recorded his third career forced fumble of the season...tied for second on the team with seven tackles (five solo) in defensive outing that kept Clemson to 273 total yards, sealing a thrilling win and a bid to BC's first ACC Championship Game...also recorded his first sack of the season and two TFL for 15 yards...had five total tackles (four solo) and his eighth TFL of the season for five yards in game at Maryland...tied his season high with two TFL and registered a total of six tackles (four solo) in loss against Florida State...also recorded his second pass breakup of the season...had 11 total tackles with a career-high seven assists, ranking second on the team in the strong defensive effort that kept the team within striking distance for its historic comeback at Virginia Tech...also had his first career fumble recovery...led team in total tackles with seven (two solo, five assists) at Notre Dame...had two solo tackles in sound defensive team effort against Bowling Green...was the team's second leading tackler with 4.5 tackles (three solo), including a TFL in win over Massachusetts...put together an exceptional performance in game against Army...had his first interception of the season (second on his career) and a pass breakup... recorded five solo tackles and two assists in the game...also had his fourth tackle for loss on the season, a team high...compiled a total of 3.5 tackles (one solo, five assists) in win over Georgia Tech...had a solid outing vs. NC State, ranking second on the team with 4.5 tackles, including four solo...had a TFL for 11 yards, forced a fumble and recorded a pass breakup...started the season opener vs. Wake Forest and had an outstanding game...had 10 tackles (6 solos) on the day, including two TFL for five yards.
Named to College Football News Freshman All-America team (honorable mention)...played in all 13 games as a true freshman; started vs. Buffalo and at Miami...finished the season with 42 tackles (32 solo), including 5.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sacks; had one interception and forced two fumbles...had a career-high 14 tackles (11 solo) including 1.0 tackle for loss and forced one fumble against Buffalo... had six tackles (four solo) including 1.0 TFL, made one interception and returned a kickoff for 26 yards against Maine...had one tackle in collegiate debut against Central Michigan...recorded two tackles (two solo) at North Carolina State... made three tackles (two solo) and recorded a pass breakup against Virginia Tech ...made one solo tackle in win at Florida State...had one solo stop at Wake Forest...made one solo tackle against Duke...had two solo tackles, including 1.0 tackle for loss against Maryland...made six stops (five solo), including 1.0 tackle for loss and had one pass breakup at Miami...had five tackles (two solo) in the Meineke Car Care Bowl against Navy.
Earned Associated Press Class AAAA All-State first-team honors as senior linebacker at Conestoga High School ... gained All-Central League first-team accolades in 2004 and 2005 ... was a three-time All-Chester County, All-Suburban and All-Main Line selection ... became the first player in school history to win the team MVP award three times ... registered a team-high 153 tackles, including 48 solo stops, in 2005; totaled eight tackles for loss, including four sacks ... returned a blocked field goal 86 yards for a touchdown ... recorded 142 tackles and made four interceptions as a junior ... also lined up at fullback in 2003 and 2004; scored three offensive touchdowns ... led the Pioneers to back-to-back Central League titles (2004 and 2005) ... played for head coach John Vogan ... also starred as an attack man on Conestoga's lacrosse team.
Sandon Mark Herzlich, Jr., born September 1, 1987... enrolled in the Carroll School of Management ... Mark and his younger brother Bradley are the sons of Barbara and Sandon Herzlich, Sr.