Consensus first-team All-America selection...AP All-America first team...Walter Camp All-America first team...FWAA All-America first team...SI.com, CBS, CFN All-America first team...one of three finalists for the 2007 Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to the nation's top defensive back...MVP of the 2007 Champs Sports Bowl, in which he had two interceptions (40 return yards) and 10 total tackles (7 solos, 3 assists)...started 38 career games...winner of BC's Jay McGillis scholarship award.
Led the team in tackles with 125 (82 solos, 43 assists)...also had a school-record 8 interceptions with 147 return yards...1.5 sacks (6 yards) and 4.0 TFL (11 yards)...3 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery, which he returned 51 yards for a touchdown...in the ACC Championship game against Virginia Tech, forced his second fumble of the season and recovered it for the first time, returning it for 51 yards and a touchdown, the longest fumble recovery return of his career...also intercepted a pass by Sean Glennon, his sixth of the season...tallied five solo tackles in the game, including one TFL....finished the regular season with a win against Miami, recording a team-high nine total-tackles (seven solo), including a TFL for two yards and his fourth pass breakup on the season...also replaced DeJuan Tribble in punt return action, running back three punts for 12 yards...seven tackles (five solo) in thrilling comeback victory at Clemson where the defense held the Tigers to 273 total yards, earning BC a trip to its first ACC Championship...registered his second-highest number of tackles on the season with 12 (four solo) at Maryland...his eight assisted tackles and two TFL were career-bests... career-best defensive performance in game against Florida State, totaling 18 tackles (BC's highest number of total tackles since 2004)... also had his first sack of the season, his first-career forced fumble and a pass breakup...passed the 250-total tackle mark on his career in a nine tackle performance (five solo) during BC's monumental comeback win at Virginia Tech...led the team in solo tackles, recording four solos and two assists in outing at Notre Dame...also registered his second pass breakup of the season...in an outstanding defensive performance against Bowling Green, recorded three interceptions, including his first ever interception returned for a touchdown, a 65-yard return...this was the second time he registered a multiple-interception game...also tied the team-high with six solo tackles...led all defenders with seven tackles (five solo) against Massachusetts...was the team's leading tackler with ten total tackles (six solo) in win over Army... nine tackles (four solo, five assists) in sound defensive performance against Georgia Tech...registered the first multiple-interception game of his career in the win over NC State, returning two interceptions for 42 yards...also recorded four tackles (three solo) and one pass breakup...started the Wake Forest game and led all defenders with 11 tackles, including 7 solos...had one TFL for 2 yards.
Finished the 2006 regular season as the team's career leader in tackles with 185 (including a team-high 117 solo stops)...has 11.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, six interceptions and three fumble recoveries in his career...earned 2005 All-ACC honorable mention honors...one of the hardest hitters on the team, he recorded 10 or more tackles in two games in 2006... named to the Blue Ribbon Football Yearbook preseason All-ACC first team.
Started in 12 games; missed the Maine game because of injury...had 57 tackles, including 37 solo stops...made 6.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, and had recorded four interceptions, including the game winner in double-overtime against BYU...recorded four tackles (one solo) including one sack and 1.5 tackles for loss in season opener at Central Michigan...made 12 tackles (nine solo) including 1.5 tackles for loss in win over Clemson...had eight stops (six solo) including one tackle for loss and the game-winning interception in double-overtime against BYU...made four tackles (three solo) including one tackle for loss at North Carolina State...had two stops (one solo) against Virginia Tech...recorded five tackles (two solo) at Florida State...made an interception and broke up a pass against Buffalo...had four tackles (three solo) and one interception at Wake Forest...made four tackles (three solo) against Duke...had 11 tackles (seven solo), including 1.0 tackle for loss and made an interception in win over Maryland...made two stops (one solo), including 1.0 tackle for loss at Miami...had one solo stop in the Meineke Car Care Bowl against Navy.
Played in all 12 games, starting seven...recorded a team-leading 87 tackles (60 solos), one quarterback sack, 4.5 tackles for loss, two pass breakups and one interception...made five tackles (four solos) at Brigham Young...totaled three tackles (two solos) and one pass breakup in the ACC opener against Florida State...registered six tackles (four unassisted) at Clemson...had three unassisted tackles and one quarterback sack (for eight yards) against Ball State...recorded a season-high 14 unassisted tackles, including one tackle for loss (for one yard), against Virginia...had 13 tackles (nine solos), including 0.5 tackle for loss (for one yard) against Wake Forest; earned ACC Player of the Week Honors for his performance against the Demon Deacons...made eight tackles (four solos) at Virginia Tech...recorded a team-high 11 tackles (six unassisted), including 0.5 tackle for loss (for one yard), at North Carolina...tallied three tackles (one solo), including a shared tackle for loss, against North Carolina State...tied his career high with 14 tackles (nine solos) at Maryland; also recorded one tackle for loss (for one yard), one pass breakup, and his first interception of the season...tallied five tackles (three unassisted) against Boise State in the MPC Computers Bowl.
Played in all 12 games, starting the first three...finished his redshirt freshman season with 43 tackles (21 solos)...received the starting nod at strong safety in the season opener and recorded two unassisted tackles and two assists at Ball State...made four tackles (two solos) against Penn State...totaled five tackles (four solo stops) and one fumble recovery (on the game's opening kickoff) against Connecticut...recorded five tackles (three solos), one interception (on the game's final play), and one pass breakup against Massachusetts...made one assisted tackle and a fumble recovery at Pittsburgh...registered five tackles (one unassisted) at West Virginia; also forced a fumble - and made the recovery - on the opening kickoff of the second half, leading to a field goal...made nine tackles, including three solo stops, at Temple; shared one tackle for loss.
Earned Rhode Island Player of the Year honors from the Providence Gridiron Club in 2002 ...captured All-State honors in both 2001 and 2002...was selected to the 2002 Rhode Island Golden Dozen Team...was a four-year two-way starter at East Providence; played running back and defensive back...completed his career with more than 4,500 rushing yards, including 2,100 in his senior season...scored 29 touchdowns in 2002 and 49 touchdowns in his schoolboy career...recorded 16 interceptions and more than 300 tackles in his four-year career...led East Providence to the Division I state title in 1999 and 2002; earned Super Bowl MVP honors as a senior...was a three-year All-Area and four-time All-Division selection...served as team captain in 2002...played for head coach Sandy Gorham...also played on the school's basketball, baseball and track teams.
James J. Silva, born December 14, 1984...enrolled as a communication major in the College of Arts & Sciences...Jamie, his younger brother Ryan and his older brother Steve, are the sons of Debra Bellamy and Steve Silva...Ryan played running back at Holy Cross (2001-05).
Solo: 14 vs. Virginia (10/8/05)
Assist: 6 vs. Temple (11/20/04)
Total: 14 (twice)
Sacks: 1 vs. Ball State (10/1/05)
TFLs: 1.0 (three times)
PBUs: 1 (three times)
Interceptions: 1 (twice)