Boston College Daily Links: Kuechly Prepares For NFL Scouting Combine

Feb 26, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

All Luke Kuechly Everything (NFL Scouting Combine)

Kuechly gets out of pileup (The Boston Globe)
"Medical stuff just took forever, we were downstairs for maybe six hours, so it kind of took a while to get through with everything and I had some early meetings I had to get to, so they just popped me out today,’’ Kuechly said. "It’s just a process to get through, you have to go through different rooms. Everything checked out clean.’’

Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly bulks up for the combine (BostonHerald.com)
"I think it would be great. Growing up, it’s one of those things, I’ve been watching the draft, I don’t know how long," he said. "You want to get your name called on that first day, you want to be on that first-day list, when he says, ’so-and-so selects, Luke Kuechly, linebacker, Boston College.’ That’s your goal playing in college football. Getting to that level, and hearing your name on the first day."

BC's Kuechly finally appears (Boston.com)
"Instinctual player is something that pops up for a lot of people," Kuechly said. "That, coupled with, I think I'm a smart player. I think I do a pretty good job preparing myself. That's somthing I take pride in. Being prepared, and knowing what each individual guy is responsible for. I can point at different guys, and let them know what they're doing if they have questions. I take pride in having the ability to do that. And doing that, and knowing what everyone is doing, you can play faster. It allows you to be more successful.''

Luke Kuechly ready to showcase new speed (ESPN NFC South Blog)
"Let me tell you something, he’s plenty big enough,’’ said former NFL quarterback Chris Weinke, who directs IMG’s football operations. "He plays with great instincts. What I’ve seen from Luke is a consistent approach every single day. This is a guy that’s honed in on what he can do to get better. In terms of his physical skills since he’s been here, he’s bigger and stronger. He’s faster. I can tell you this, there are going to be people excited at the combine when he runs. He’s more fluid when he runs.’’

Football

Concord-Carlisle’s Craan headed to BC (The Boston Globe)
"Without God, this wouldn’t have happened. And to play in front of my family in my hometown - they say there’s nothing better than playing in your hometown. I always wanted to be a BC Eagle since I was a little kid so I’m happy with the decision.’’

C-C's George Craan commits to Boston College (ESPN Boston)
"National Signing Day kind of came and went, and BC seemed set with who they were going to go with. It looked like [prep school] was gonna be the direction he was headed in. Then some things happened, they took another hard look at him and he came back alive on their board. I don't know what those circumstances were. It all happened pretty fast."

Hoops

Wake Forest roughs up Boston College (The Boston Globe)
"Obviously, I’m not happy with our performance, but I’ll say that Wake played very good and with great energy,’’ said Donahue. "I thought they really competed better than us. They shared the ball on the offensive end and made it difficult for us on the defensive end.’’

Ryan Anderson sets foundation for Eagles (BostonHerald.com)
"I was always one of the biggest players on the court so I was able to dominate and do most of the things I wanted," Anderson said. "Coming here this freshman year we always joke that we used to hit people around in high school and now these guys hit back and they hit back harder than we hit them the first time. It’s been a transition for us, but I think the competition is only going to make us better."

Boston College Falls To No. 5 Miami, 88-42 (BCEagles.com)
The Eagles' worst Atlantic Coast Conference season ended with an 88-42 loss at No. 5 Miami on Sunday, and if there was any relief for Boston College afterward, it was the knowledge that essentially a second chance awaits later this week.

Hockey

Boston College hockey routs Providence, 7-0 (The Boston Globe)
"We really capitalized on our opportunities in the first period,’’ said York, whose team took a 5-0 lead into the first intermission and rolled to its largest margin of victory this season. "Our first 20 minutes was as technically sound and as good hockey as we’ve played over the [winning] stretch. We’ve played some very solid hockey these last nine games. I thought this particular first period was exceptional in a lot of regards. We put ourselves in a position now, we’re trying to chase that trophy next weekend and it will be right in front of us. I really feel proud of how our club is playing. We’re certainly peaking at the right time.’’

BC’s Barry Almeida finishing strong (BostonHerald.com)
"Each of the seniors is having their best season. Each is enjoying a career year in their last year, so that’s pretty gratifying for a coach," BC coach Jerry York said. "But that’s a good comparison with Chris Collins. Both were very productive players in other areas in their first three years in terms of hard work and grit. Now, just like Chris, (Almeida’s) confidence level with the puck is so much better. His shots are so much more quick and accurate. It’s great to see."

Doing It All (College Hockey News)
"We had an awful lot of good forwards (when Almeida was a freshman,) but he carved out a spot on a regular line and shift," York said after Saturday's win. "He was always an extraordinary penalty killer. Now he's just developing more confidence, and you can see it in his whole game. He's making great plays, and he's scoring goals."

Columbus Blue Jackets recall right wing Cam Atkinson from Springfield Falcons of AHL (The Washington Post)
Playing in his first full professional season, the 22-year-old Atkinson has 29 goals and 15 assists in 50 games. He is tied for the AHL lead in power-play goals (13) and is second in overall goals. He has appeared in five games with the Blue Jackets this season and scored his first NHL goal Oct. 10 vs. Vancouver.

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