Updated Football Gameday Notes for West Virginia
Sept. 1, 2000
Boston College (0-0, 0-0) at West Virginia (0-0, 0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 2, 2000
Television: ESPN (Steve Levy, play-by-play, Todd Christensen, color, Dave Ryan, sideline)
Radio: Boston College Football Radio Network (John Rooke, play-by- play, Peter Cronin, color) -- local coverage in Boston on WRKO-680 AM
HEAD COACH TOM O'BRIEN
Boston College head coach Tom O'Brien (Navy '71) enters his fourth season in charge of the Eagle program and has an overall record of 16-18 at the school. Last year, Boston College posted an 8-4 mark and played in the Insight.com bowl - the first postseason appearance for the Eagles since the 1994 season.
The Eagles were the third-most improved team in NCAA Division I-A football last season.
O'Brien came to Boston College after spending 15 years as an assistant coach at Virginia - the final six as offensive coordinator.
The game will mark the 29th meeting between Boston College and West Virginia and the Mountaineers lead the overall series by an 18-9-1 count, including a 9-4-1 advantage at Mountaineer Field. The last time the Eagles won a game at West Virginia was the 1990 season, when the Eagles posted a 27-14 win. The two teams played to a 24-24 there in 1992.
Since the BIG EAST began playing football in 1991, West Virginia holds a 6-2-1 series edge.
For the past three meetings against West Virginia, a Boston College running back has rushed for over 100 yards -- 181 yards by Cedric Washington last year, 179 yards by Mike Cloud in 1998 and 211 by Cloud in 1997.
Boston College defeated the Mountaineers by a 34-17 score on Nov. 13, 1999, at Alumni Stadium to give the Eagles their seventh win of the season. The Eagles spotted WVU a 7-0 lead before Boston College scored 17-unanswered points. West Virginia kicked a field goal on the final play of the first half to make it 17-10 at intermission, but the Eagles scored the only two touchdowns of the third quarter to take control of the game.
Cedric Washington led the Eagles with 181 yards of rushing on 34 carries while Tim Hasselbeck was 11 of 15 in the air for 229 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Boston College got a scoring boost from its defense as Pedro Cirino had a 63-yard fumble recovery with 9:54 left in the third quarter for a touchdown to give the Eagles a 24-10 lead.
Boston College outgained the Mountaineers on total offense by a 443-348 margin as West Virginia was charged with 12 penalties for 88 yards.
OUT - LB Marco Williams, torn lateral meniscus in left knee (had arthroscopic surgery on Aug. 30), LB Jerome Ledbetter, torn lateral meniscus in right knee with focal articular cartilage damage (will have arthroscopic surgery, DE Derric Rossy, hamstring injury.
Today's game marks the beginning of the 102nd season of football at Boston College and the Eagles have a 57-42-2 record in season-openers. Boston College was 4-6 in season-openers during the 1990's and head coach Tom O'Brien is 2-1 in openers with the Eagles with a loss to Temple in 1997 and wins over Georgia Tech in 1998 and Baylor in 1999. The 2000 season marks the third time in O'Brien's four years that the Eagles have opened on the road.
EXPERIENCED ON "O", YOUNG ON "D"
According to the Boston College depth chart, the Eagle offensive starting unit will be an experienced one as it consists of seven seniors, two juniors and two sophomores. These 11 players combined for 65 starting nods during the 1999 regular season among five players, including four who started all 11 games -- senior tackle Michael Cook (Walpole, Mass), senior guard Paul LaQuerre (West Barnstable, Mass.), senior offensive guard Paul Zukauskas (Weymouth, Mass) and Washington.
Conversely on defense, the Eagles have just three senior starters on defense, along with four juniors, three sophomores and a redshirt freshman. The defense has 42 starts from last year returning with three 11-game starters -- junior linebacker Scott Bradley (Hanover, Mass.), senior free safety RaMon Johnson (Warrensville Heights, Ohio) and junior cornerback Jonathan Ordway (Seffner, Fla.).
The Boston College football team elected senior quarterback Tim Hasselbeck (Norfolk, Mass.), Johnson and senior offensive lineman Paul Zukauskas (Weymouth, Mass.) as team captains for the 2000 season.
Hasselbeck completed 145 of 160 pass attempts last season for 1,940 yards and 11 touchdowns. Johnson played in all 12 games last season, starting 11 of them, and made 59 tackles -- 41 unassisted -- with three sacks. Zukauskas has started every game for Boston College over the past two seasons.
WASHINGTON ON WALKER WATCH LIST
Boston College senior tailback Cedric Washington (Holyoke, Mass.) is one of 35 candidates for the 2000 Doak Walker Award presented by Vectrix. The award is given annually to the nation's top college running back by the Southwestern Bell-SMU Athletic Forum in Dallas.
Washington was a first team all-BIG EAST selection last year as he rushed for 1,122 yards on 222 carries for seven touchdowns. He became just the 13th player in Boston College history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season.
The Southwestern Bell Athletic Forum Board of Directors will select eight semifinalists on November 8, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will vote on the winner in late November. The National Selection Committee consists of former all-pro and All-America running backs, media members and selected special representatives.
The winner will be announced live on ESPN's College Football Awards Show Thursday, Dec. 7. The presentation banquet will be January 31, 2001, at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas.
Last season, former Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne won the award after becoming the NCAA's career rushing leader with 6,397 yards.
Washington joins an impressive list of candidates from around the country including Maryland senior LaMont Jones, the nation's leading returning rusher with 3,227 career yards, TCU senior LaDainian Tomlinson, who was tops among Division I-A runners in 1999 with 1,850 yards and Texas senior Hodges Mitchell, a 1999 Doak Walker Award finalist.
Other candidates from schools on the 2000 BC schedule are: Tony Fisher of Notre Dame and James Jackson of Miami.
McMYLER ON GUY WATCH LIST
Boston College sophomore punter Kevin McMyler (Dallas, Texas) is one of 32 punters on the first Ray Guy Award watch list as announced last Tuesday by the Greater Augusta Sports Council. Last season as a freshman, McMyler averaged 37.2 yards per punt, including a career-long 61-yard punt in his collegiate debut against Baylor.
The Ray Guy Award will be awarded to the Nation's best punter as determined by a committee made up of sports writers, college football coaches, former punters and members designated by the Greater Augusta Sports Council. The winner will display leadership, self-discipline, and have a significant positive impact on the team's success.
The National Selection Committee will choose the 10 semifinalists who will be announced by November 8, 2000. That same national body will then vote for the three finalists who will be announced November 30, 2000.
The award is named after the greatest punter of all time, Ray Guy who attended Southern Mississippi and then was drafted in the first round by the Oakland Raiders. Guy was an integral part of the Raider's successful years between 1973-1986.
The Greater Augusta Sports Council will present the Ray Guy Award in December at a combined awards dinner with the Greater Augusta Medal For Excellence in Sports Awards for high school students in the Augusta metro area.
BOSTON COLLEGE IN THE POLLS
Boston College was in the "also receiving votes" category in the 2000 preseason Associated Press poll with three points, which was released on Aug. 5. 2000. Eagle opponents in the poll were Virginia Tech (No. 11), Syracuse (also receiving votes) and Notre Dame (also receiving votes).
In the preseason USA Today/ESPN coaches poll, which was released on August 10, Boston College also received three votes. Virginia Tech was ranked 10th while Syracuse and Notre Dame also received votes.
EAGLES TABBED FOURTH IN BIG EAST
Boston College was picked fourth in the official BIG EAST Conference preseason poll - a selection voted upon by media representatives who cover the league on a regular basis. Boston College finished fourth with 109 points while Miami was first (183 points with 15 first place votes) followed by Virginia Tech (177 points with nine first place votes) Syracuse (134 points). Following the Eagles were Pittsburgh (100 points), West Virginia (85 points), Temple (48 points) and Rutgers (28 points).
BC AND PRESEASON PICKS
The Boston College football team and individual performers have been mentioned in several preseason publications this year:
Team: 29th in country by The Sporting News (Third in the BIG EAST)
ALL 11 GAMES ON TELEVISION
Boston College will be one of the most televised teams in the country this season as all 11 games will be available on television. Here's an updated look at the 2000 Eagle schedule with television plans. Note that two game times are not set definitely and will depend on the television origination.
BOSTON COLLEGE ON THE RADIO
Once again this season, Boston College games will be broadcast on two of Boston's most powerful radio stations - WEEI-850 AM or WRKO-680 AM (depending on conflicts with Boston Red Sox games). John Rooke returns for his second season as the play-by-play announcer while former Boston College All-American lineman Peter Cronin provides color.
Others stations on the Boston College radio network are: WHYN-560 AM in Springfield, Mass., WSAR-1480 AM in Fall River/New Bedford, Mass., WTAG-580 AM in Worcester, Mass., WGIR-610 AM in Manchester, N.H., WTMN-1380 AM in Portsmouth, N.H., WLPZ-1440 AM in Portland, Maine, WNRI-1380 AM in Woonsocket, R.I.
EAGLES HAVE NEW LOGOS
The new millennium has brought a new look at Boston College athletics. A new series of Boston College logos were unveiled at a media and corporate partner event on July 26 and was the conclusion of a 24-month process. A study and a logo redesign for the athletic department will broaden the base of athletics-related design concepts and bring all Boston College athletic teams under the umbrella of one branded look and feel. A color match for maroon and gold has been carefully researched and gives BC teams the opportunity to put a consistent look on its 34 varsity sports.
FIVE EAGLES NAMED TO BIG EAST ANNIVERSARY TEAM
Five former Boston College football players were named to the BIG EAST Conference 10th Anniversary team. Named to the squad from Boston College were offensive lineman Doug Brzezinski (1995-98), offensive lineman Pete Kendall (1992-95), tight end Pete Mitchell (1991-94), defensive lineman Chris Hovan (1996-99) and defensive lineman Mike Mamula (1993-94).
The five selections from Boston College were tied for second among league schools behind Miami with seven. West Virginia and Syracuse also had five each while Virginia Tech had four and Pittsburgh three.
Brzezinski was an anchor on the Boston College offensive line for four seasons as he started 46-straight games in his career. He earned first team all-BIG EAST in both his senior and junior years. He was a first team all-East pick after his senior year.
Kendall was a four-year starter for the Eagles on the offensive line and earned all-BIG EAST honors twice on the first team - in 1994 as a tackle and in 1995 as a guard. He was a two-time all-East pick.
Hovan was named first team all-BIG EAST for three consecutive years at Boston College and was a first team All-America pick in 1999 by the American Football Coaches Association and second team by the Football Writers Association of America. He made a total of 245 tackles in his career and registered 20.5 sacks.
Mitchell earned all-BIG EAST first team honors as a tight end in his junior and senior seasons. He led Boston College in receptions for three seasons with 40 in 1992, 66 in 1993 and 55 in 1994. He was a consensus first team All-America pick in 1994.
Mamula registered 13 sacks for Boston College in his final year of 1994 and was fourth on the team in tackles with 73. He was a first team all-BIG EAST pick in 1994.
BOSTON COLLEGE ON THE WEB
For information on all 34 of Boston College's athletic teams, please go to the internet at www.bceagles.com. This site underwent a redesign this past summer in conjunction with the logo redesign.