Castonzo, Herzlich Meet With ACC Media
July 25, 2010
A variety of topics were covered by the ACC media when talking to the student-athletes, but the spotlight was bright on Herzlich's comeback. The linebacker fought off Ewing's sarcoma, a rare bone disease, and is looking to return to the field after earning 2008 ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors.
"I'm going to go crazy," Herzlich said. "9-4... someone from above made that happen. It will be the most memorable moment of my life up to this point. But once we cross those white lines, that part is over and it's time to play."
Herzlich, who anchored the defense in 2008 to earn All-America status, also received questions about the BC defense entering training camp.
"We are a run-stopping defense and we pride ourselves on that," he said. "We need to produce a better pass rush to make it easier on our defensive backs, though. We will have the best linebacker group in the country. Luke (Kuechly) has only gotten better. He has gotten stronger and faster."
Castonzo, one of the most highly touted left tackles in the country entering the season, represented the offensive side of the ball. He spoke about the unit as a whole and the continued success of the offensive line.
"We are going to be dynamic," he said. "We have a lot of guys returning to the offensive line. We're going to get the rushing game going and Dave (Shinskie) has progressed so much since last year. Our success on the offensive line is due to our camaraderie. We know what each other is thinking. We communicate so well because we are such good friends."
Seemingly every year, the Eagles are asked about being underestimated. Boston College finished second in the Atlantic Division last year after being voted to finish last at the ACC Kickoff event. BC has surpassed expectations year after year in the conference.
"We are motivated every year," Castonzo said. "We always have that motivation to win every game we play. It gives us a little extra kick when we are underestimated, but we are motivated to win regardless."