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Boston College Daily Links: Tommy Cross At Bruins Camp

Plot to thicken for Bruins draftee O’Gara (The Boston Globe)
Cross is the same height as O’Gara but is 25 pounds heavier. O’Gara still looks like a boy; Cross is a man. "He’s huge,’’ O’Gara said. "I’ve got to fill out. Just his patience. He’s so smart on the ice. He’s always in the right spot. Watching a guy like that can really help me grow in my game.’’

Local schools represented well at Bruins camp (NECN)
"Tommy’s been through some, was a second round draft choice, so he’s had some acclaim behind him in terms of where he was selected," said Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney. "But he’s been patient about staying in school, and he’s a captain which obviously speaks volumes. Boston College runs a hell of a program, so that’s a credit to Tommy in a leadership capacity."

Florek, Ferlin, others show their stuff (ESPN Boston Bruins Blog)
Hamilton and camp veteran Tommy Cross of Boston College have been paired as roommates in camp this week, and were put together on one of the defensive pairings in Sunday's scrimmage. Between the long and lanky Hamilton and the sturdy 6-foot-3, 210-pound Cross, it was one of the bigger pairings on the ice.

Cross, Warsofsky united as B’s hopefuls on ‘D’ (New England Hockey Journal)
Cross, a rising senior at BC, was elected captain of the 2011-12 squad recently by his teammates, an honor he takes great pride in. He stands 6-foot-3 and weighs about 215 pounds. He’s big, bruising physical rearguard who skates well and likes to bang opponents against the walls and play a tough, tenacious style of defense. The 21-year-old may not put up big points, but with a booming slap shot, he’s been known to score some memorable goals in his career, including an overtime tally that got his Eagles into the 2011 Beanpot Championship game. 

North football leans on team unity to fill two big holes (Naperville Sun)
While former Naperville North quarterback Matt LaCosse, now at Illinois, and linebacker Nick Lifka, now at Boston College, were the respective leaders for both the offense and defense, Huskies’ coach Sean Drendel is quick to point out that there are still 10 other guys on the field.

Scranton area linebacker gives verbal commitment to Penn State (York Dispatch)
A Coal Region linebacker is the 11th member of Penn State's 2012 football recruiting class. Nyeem Wartman of Valley View High School near Scranton made his verbal commitment over the weekend. Wartman also reportedly had offers from Boston College, North Carolina State, Northwestern, Pitt and Rutgers, among others.

What I Love: The 2001 Miami Hurricanes (Football Study Hall)
Filed under what I DON'T love ... "This team was great in all the ways that you can be great. They allowed more than 14 points just three times. They scored fewer than 33 points just twice. They racked up 109 tackles for loss, picked off 27 passes and forced 26 fumbles. They played two games decided by less than 22 points. They were just about perfect."

Virginia Tech Should Push for West Virginia's Inclusion in the ACC (Gobbler Country)
Thanks, but no thanks. "VT should pull what the VA governor did in 2004 and push for an invite for WVU. The ACC needs WVU. Maryland, UVA and VT need WVU so that the Potomac will be under complete control of the ACC. This is a school that brings people, that will fill up stadiums, downtowns, bars; it brings a good football team, and a very good basketball program. It would add depth to a conference that desperately needs it, and would solidify a region for the first time in college athletics."