TE Sean Ryan

2002 Statistics

Coach: Tom O'Brien
40-31, 6 years
2002 Record: 9-4
at Miami FL LOST 6-38
NAVY WON 46-21
at Pittsburgh LOST 16-19 (OT)
at Notre Dame WON 14-7
at West Virginia LOST 14-24
at Temple WON 36-14
Toledo WON 51-25

2002 Final Rankings
AP-UR, Coaches-UR, BCS-UR

2003 Outlook

A typical BC season under Tom O'Brien seems to have ups and downs. The Eagles do a tremendous job of beating all the bad teams. Once in awhile, they pull off a big-game upset. Mostly, they will lose to the remaining tough teams. Eventually, BC will go to a lesser bowl game with under nine wins. As the Big East conference continues to improve, the progress of the BC program (like Pittsburgh's) has visually slowed. But it is there. Note the Eagles 6-0 non-conference mark in 2002, including gigantic win at then-undefeated Notre Dame. Also note the recent bowl wins over the PAC-TEN and SEC, and last year's dominant 51-25 win over Toledo.

Critics will point to the four major hurdles (again) on this year's schedule - Miami, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame. And again, speed will be the deciding issue in those games. But BC must focus on the early part of the schedule to generate needed confidence, especially in QB Quinton Porter. Games against Wake Forest, (at) Penn State, and (at) hugely-improved Connecticut will spell what type of season these Eagles will finally have.

Once the conference play begins, the Eagles will again fall to the big-three of the Big East. The Notre Dame game is crucial as to whether this team wins at least 8 games. We expect by late October, Porter will have matured enough to make this tilt winnable. BC will need to generate a deep-play threat for the passing game, play disciplined, mistake-free defense, and, finally, rely on improved special teams to even find the next step. Maybe two, but probably not all three, can occur. For now, another (barely) Top 25 finish and solid bowl season seems more likely.

Projected 2003 record: 7-5
RB Horace Dodd
LB Brian Flores
FS Larry Anam
QB - 2.5 DL - 3.5
RB - 4.5 LB - 4
WR - 3 DB - 3.5
OL - 4.5 ..

Passing: Quinton Porter, 7-6-0, 27 yds., 0 TD's

Rushing: Derrick Knight, 259 att., 1432 yds., 12 TD's

Receiving: Grant Adams, 37 rec., 542 yds., 6 TD's

Scoring: Sandro Sciortino, 23-32 FG, 38-40 PAT, 107 pts.

Punting: none

Kicking: Sandro Sciortino, 23-32 FG, 38-40 PAT, 107 pts.

Tackles: Josh Ott, 128 tot., 81 solo

Sacks: Mathias Kiwanuka, 4.5 sacks

Interceptions: Josh Ott, 2 for 71 yds.

Kickoff returns: Will Blackmon, 28 ret., 22.5 avg.

Punt returns: Will Blackmon, 4 ret., 7.2 avg.


LB Josh Ott
OFFENSE: Brian St. Pierre-QB, Jamal Burke-WR, Keith Hemmings-WR, Dan Koppen-C, Marc Parenteau-OT, J.P. Comella-FB (NFL)
DEFENSE: Derric Rossy-DE, Vinny Ciurciu-LB, Antonio Garay-DE, Trevor White-CB, Doug Bessette-SS, Ralph Parent-FS, Kevin McMyler-P

written by Dave Bagchi

Head Coach Tom O'Brien wasn't sure if Derrick Knight (5-9, 241) was the right choice as a feature back. 1,432 rushing yards and 12 TDs silenced any critics. Knight also has excellent hands (37 receptions, 2nd on team.) Running mainly from the I-formation, Knight is hard-nosed and can slash through the holes like few bigmen can. He became better and better at making the first man miss, and his improvement will only continue. Backing up Knight is Brokaw, a goal-line specialist with 10 TDs. Brokaw and Knight form a nice one-two punch. Still in the mix is senior RB Horace Dodd. Dodd has been often injured and never fulfilled his potential. But he is big, fast and probably has the most raw talent of the three.

TE Sean Ryan could be the next in line of the great ones BC has produced. The potential has been shown only in glimpses. He improved considerably as a blocker as the season progressed. Considering the Eagles will have a new starting QB and defenses will be keying on the ground game, Ryan will improve by default. Look for BC to throw to him more, especially early in games, so as to force a LB to keep on eye on him and push defenses back on their heels.

Three out of five starting offensive linemen return in Chestnut Hill. Look for sophomore Pat Ross and senior Jeremy Trueblood to step in just fine. This unit had a surprisingly good 2002, allowing only 14 sacks as they opened up the running lanes. Junior guard Chris Snee, senior guard Augie Hoffmann and senior tackle Leo Bell return to form a physical and smart front for the Eagle offense, one of the most experienced in the Big East.

The biggest question mark for BC next year will be at quarterback. Gone to play on Sundays is valuable and durable senior Brian St. Pierre. In to take his place is junior, Quinton Porter. Porter has only thrown 15 passes in real-game action. He is a physical clone of St. Pierre, standing in at 6'4. Their playing style is very similar as well - Porter tends to also be very upright in the pocket with a strong and accurate arm. Porter's physical talents will have to carry him early until he can pick up on the complex BC offensive attack.

It seems every year's glaring offensive weakness is the lack of a speed receiver. This year will be no different. The main reason this offense never seems to reach that next level is there is no threat of the deep ball. Next year, with defenses keying on Derrick Knight, Sean Ryan and the short passing game, this unit must at least keep opponents honest. Especially as newcomer Porter develops confidence with the short throws. Easier said than done. Juniors Grant Adams and Joel Hazard are expected to step in. Hazard is the slightly faster of the two, while Adams is more experienced. Obviously, Hazard (or another designated streaker) needs to stretch defenses early and often.


TB Derrick Knight


Returning Starters in bold
QB Quinton Porter-Jr Paul Peterson-Jr
FB Greg Toal-Sr Haven Perkins-Jr
TB Derrick Knight-Sr Horace Dodd-Sr
WR Grant Adams-Jr Dorien Bryant-Fr
WR Joel Hazard-Jr Jason Lilly-So
TE Sean Ryan-Sr Dave Kashetta-Jr
OT Leo Bell-Sr Jeremy Trueblood-So
OG Chris Snee-Jr Josh Beekman-So
C Pat Ross-So Shadu Moore-So
OG Augie Hoffmann-Sr Anthony Crosson-Jr
OT Keith Leavitt-Sr James Marten-So
K Sandro Sciortino-Sr ..



written by Dave Bagchi

Defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani sticks to the basics. The Eagles employ 4-3 formations and stick mainly to two-deep zones. The signature of a BC defense is hard-nosed, in-your-face football. Last year, linebackers like Vinny Ciurciu and Josh Ott exemplified this toughness. Ciurciu is gone, but the senior Ott remains. He will be the emotional leader. Look for Ott to be flanked at linebacker by senior Brian Flores (returning starter) and sophomore Ray Henderson. Henderson is a talented, husky linebacker who's potential says he is a surprise upgrade for Spaziani in 2003. The Eagles will have more depth at the LB position with sophomores Ricky Brown and Jon Misiewicz.

Speed is not only the issue with the BC receivers, but with the defense as well. Start with the defensive line that allowed 167 yards rushing per game. Look for the youth movement to take place and an overhaul to be made this off-season by Spaziani and O'Brien. Coaches are excited about 6'6 sophomore Mathias Kiwanuka and his five sacks in limited 2002 playing time. Sophomores Jim Unis and Al Washington should challenge planned senior starters Tom Martin and junior Phillip Mettling. On a positive note, with 7 of the 8 two-deep starters returning, the Eagles will have experience and numerous options to keep the troops fresh late in games.

Boston College will suffer with an inexperienced secondary, painfully losing three of four starters from the nation's 13th ranked pass defense. Sophomore DB Will Blackmon is expected to replace departed Trevor White. Under-sized sophomore starter Larry Lester will join him at the other corner. Size has been a recent problem for BC in the defensive secondary. As the tendency across the nation is the emergence of bigger and faster receivers, players like Miami's Andre Johnson, Stanford's Teyo Johnson and Pittsburgh's Larry Fitzgerald burned the Eagles. White and Lester, the starting cornerbacks were 5'8 and 5'7, respectively. Blackmon, who is 6-0, could finally allow BC to show some man-to-man packages on defense. His thin frame is still a concern, so look for the sophomore to put on 10-15 pounds for a big 2003 campaign. Senior Paul Cook and junior T.J. Stancil will be called upon to replace the departed safeties. Both Cook and Stancil saw limited action in 2002.


CB Larry Lester


Returning Starters in bold
DE Mathias Kiwanuka-So Jake Ottolini-So
DT Tim Bulman-Jr Douglas Goodwin-Sr
DT Tom Martin-Sr Al Washington-So
DE Phil Mettling-Jr Jim Unis-So
LB Brian Flores-Sr Jon Mislewicz-So
LB Ricky Brown-So Ray Henderson-So
LB Josh Ott-Sr Jeff Burns-So
CB Will Blackmon-So Jazzmen Williams-So
CB Larry Lester-So Peter Shean-Jr
SS Paul Cook-Sr Nathanael Hasselbeck-So
FS T.J. Stancil-Jr Larry Anam-Fr
P Rob Leuffen-Sr ..




BC will have an overall solid, but not spectacular, special teams. Inconsistent strong-legged senior Sandro Sciortino ended 2002 making his last eight kicks. He made 23 overall, including 7-of-11 outside 40 yards. Nobody questions his leg-strength, but his accuracy is under scrutiny. He missed five inside of 40 and had two blocked.

At punter, most likely senior Rob Leuffen will be a step up. Typically, lack of overall team speed shows most in the return (and coverage) game(s). But, sophomore DB Will Blackmon is expected to be the man. He was one of the better kick returners in the nation just a year ago, averaging 22.5 yards per return, with a long of 83 yards.


Second-string RB Brandon Brokaw quit the team, to focus on academics. His loss will hurt the group, but not decimate them- it simply calls for fresh faces. Horace Dodd will get a good number of carries, despite playing behind Knight. The third back looks to be rsf Jeff Ross, who impressed many with his work this off-season. Freshman Andre Callender could have a say as well… WRs Jason Lilly and Tony Gonzalez stood out and provided big play ability for the Eagles. The real deal will be incoming freshman WR Dorien Bryant. He is one of the top-rated prospects in the country and gives the Eagles speed to work with. He will figure greatly into the passing game as the season goes on. People are comparing him to Peter Warrick… QBs Karim El Nokali and Dan Berglund intensely battled for the backup spot, though their efforts will seem fruitless once JUCO transfer Paul Peterson comes in. An All-American last year, Peterson could even see his way into the starting spot in the beginning of the season.

The confidence is high about this Eagle defense, as they aspire to be one of the top units in the country. They'll have some work to do, but the goal is attainable... Backup FS Larry Anam put on a hitting clinic this spring and gives the Eagles a super sub at FS. He should see the field quite often this fall and gives BC good things to come for the next few years. Speaking of hits, the Eagles have a star in the making at MLB in Ricky Brown. He is a nasty hitter who converted from DB, so he is used to running in space… The Eagles get CB Peter Shean back from injury, after going down in the second game last season… DE Jim Unis is a special player. In fact, O'Brien compared him to former BC great, Chris Hovan. Nicknamed, "The Animal", the young sophomore should break out this year and establish himself as one of the finer DEs in the East… Brockton, MA product Tyronne Pruitt might get work at safety this year as a true frosh. He is an all-around athlete who can give the secondary a serious boost.

I think we will see Dorien Bryant become one of the better return men in the conference. He scored six TDs on returns in high school, and will team with Blackmon to return kicks, as well as handling punts. With teams kicking away from the talented Blackmon, Bryant should make quite a splash in the return game… Kicker Sandro Sciortino has struggled with consistency this spring and BC insiders say that holder, Mike Fassel (son of NY Giants coach Jim), might take the job away from him.