Football game notes -- Virginia Tech at Boston College
Voted defensive captain for the second-straight season...battled back from a torn Achilles that he suffered in the spring...started nine games at middle linebacker...finished the season second on the team in assisted tackles (29) and third in tackles (56)...notched seven tackles and one for a loss in the Emerald Bowl against USC...recorded a season-high 11 tackles and had a tackle for a loss at Maryland...had five tackles against North Carolina...registered six tackles and a pass break-up at Virginia...tallied five tackles at Notre Dame and seven tackles vs. NC State...racked up eight tackles at Virginia Tech and three more against Florida State...tallied five tackles in his season debut against Wake Forest...recipient of The Petrillo Family Scholarship.
Voted defensive captain by his teammates...started all 14 games at middle linebacker...second on the team with 89 tackles, 53 solo stops, and four sacks and third with 12 tackles for a loss...registered four tackles and two pass break-ups against Vanderbilt in the Music City Bowl...recorded nine tackles for the fourth time on the year, including two for a loss against Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship Game...had seven tackles, two tackles for a loss, and a sack vs. Maryland...unforgettably jumped over Terps' RB Davin Meggett's block to sack Chris Turner...notched seven tackles, a sack, and a pass break-up at Wake Forest ...led the team with nine tackles, including one for a loss, forced a fumble, and had a pass break-up at Florida State...registered nine tackles and a pass break-up vs. Notre Dame...recorded seven tackles, a sack, and an interception that set up a touchdown against Clemson...had five tackles at North Carolina...recorded nine tackles with a tackle for a loss against Virginia Tech...notched four tackles and forced a fumble at NC State...recorded five tackles and one tackle for a loss vs. Rhode Island...registered seven tackles and a tackle for a loss against UCF...had five tackles, including one for a yard loss against Kent State.
Started three games and played a significant role in the others during his breakout sophomore campaign in 2007...finished the season as the Eagles' fourth-leading tackler with 64 (41 solos, 23 assists)...also had 5 TFL and a pass breakup...had three solos in BC's win over Michigan State in the Champs Sports Bowl...registered a solo tackle in the ACC Championship game against Virginia Tech...in the defensive performance that held Miami to 281 net yards, registered six tackles (four solo), including his fifth TFL of the season resulting in a loss of four yards...in second start as linebacker, recorded five solo tackles, including a TFL in the stellar defensive outing that held Clemson to 273 total yards, helping BC to its second comeback victory and a berth to its first ACC Championship Game...started as linebacker in replacement of senior captain Jo-Lonn Dunbar and responded with a career-best game of 14 total tackles (six solo, eight assists) in game at Maryland...also notched a career-high two TFLs for three yards...stepped after replacing captain Jo-Lonn Dunbar, who went out with injury against Florida State...registered a career-high eight tackles (five solo)...assisted on two tackles in defensive outing that kept Virginia Tech within range for BC to stage a fourth-quarter comeback win...put together a three total tackle performance (one solo) in win at Notre Dame...tied the team high with six total tackles, including four solo in victory over Bowling Green...had a solid 3.5 total tackles, including three solo, performance against Massachusetts...after sitting out the Georgia Tech game with an injury, recorded two tackles, including one solo tackle-for-loss in win over Army...had three solo tackles for a total of 3.5 tackles and pass breakup in the game against N.C State...registered six tackles, including five solos, in the Eagles' 38-28 season-opening win vs. Wake Forest.
Saw action in the first nine games; missed the last four games of the season due to injury...had 12 tackles, including seven solo stops...made two tackles and had one pass break-up in collegiate debut at Central Michigan...had one tackle in win over Clemson...recorded one tackle (one solo) against BYU...made one tackle (solo) against Maine...had a career-high seven tackles (five solo) against Buffalo.
Earned Middlesex League Most Valuable Player honors as a junior and senior two-way player at Woburn High School (linebacker and fullback) ... was a three-time All-League selection ... selected to the 2005 "Super 26" All-State Team by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston ... earned 2004 All-Scholastic honors from both the Boston Globe and Boston Herald ... rushed for 1,005 yards and 22 touchdowns in his senior season; recorded 75 tackles, four sacks and one interception in 2004 ... completed his schoolboy career with 49 touchdowns and more than 2,500 rushing yards; holds the Woburn High School scoring record ... also registered more than 350 career tackles ... played for head coach Rocky Nelson ... also played on Woburn's basketball team.
Michael K. McLaughlin, born May 11, 1987 ... enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences ... Mike and his younger brother Dan are the sons of Mary-Jane and Michael McLaughlin.