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Boston College Daily Links: York, Eagles Miss Out On Brandon Shea

Playing a bit of catch up ...

Luke Kuechly: Boston College LB is a junior to watch (College Gridiron 365 Blog)
"I think it’s easier for me to grasps concepts when I know what everyone is doing. It helps you know where you need to be in relation to other guys."

Recruit Shea bypassing BC for QMJHL (New England Hockey Journal)
Prized prospect Brandon Shea, a 16-year-old center from Marshfield, Mass., will join the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season, New England Hockey Journal confirmed Tuesday night, and will forgo a roster spot with the U.S. National Team Development Program and a Boston College scholarship.

Four-Star Carroo Finalizes Announcement Plans (
As reported last week on, Leonte Carroo is down to his final four schools and will announce his decision Aug. 6 at a party for friends and family. Carroo spoke with today about the details of his planned announcement and why Rutgers, Wisconsin, Boston College and California made the cut.

Luke Kuechly: Media Star (Eagle in Atlanta)
Showcasing Kuechly will help raise his profile and start momentum for postseason awards. With an uncertain season ahead, it is in BC's interest to push its best player and help him win some individual honors.

2011 Position Previews: Wide Receivers and Tight Ends (Eagle in Atlanta)
The reason I remain so optimistic about our WR talent is that I've seen plenty of mediocre pass catchers at BC over the years. A guy can look servicable in an offense if the offense finds the right playes. Plays that work. Plays that build off of one another. Think of some of the catches we saw Swigert and Amidon make last year. Were they flukes? Of course not. But we didn't get them the ball enough because the patterns didn't allow them to get space, the QBs didn't have time and the play calling was suspect.

2011 BC football breakdown, Part IV: Left tackle (Soaring to Glory)
Who are the left tackles on the team, you ask? That’s a good question, and one not easily answered, since the school’s roster isn’t quite as specific as "left tackle" (they opt for just "offensive tackle," which could of course mean left or right). Furthermore, there was no spring depth chart released to my knowledge, so they’ve given us the task of figuring out who Castonzo’s starting replacement will be in 2011.

2011 BC football breakdown, Part III: Wide receiver (Soaring to Glory)
In 2011, however, with what we hope will be an improvement under center, there is reason for optimism that stats for the wideouts will also improve and that they’ll help BC win some big games.

Da'Loia-Moore Continues U23 World Championship (
Boston College sophomore Alycia Da'Loia-Moore finished in 8:11.64, taking fifth place of the second repechage in the women's single sculls competition at the U23 World Rowing Championship on Friday morning on the Bosbaan Regatta Course.

Opponents / ACC

Debriefing: Virginia Tech has 10 more wins in the bank. Is that still enough? (Dr. Saturday)
The defense had a shaky start a year ago, which led to the Hokies 0-2 record, but rallied to finish tops in the conference. If the front line can get adjusted quickly, Virginia Tech has the talent to continue to be the league's elite defense.

2011 ACC Blogger Football Preview – Atlantic No. 1…Florida State (ACC Blogger)
Best looking paper team in the ACC – Top three rushers back…top two receivers back…over 100 career starts on the offensive line…a new starter at QB with several career starts, and an improving defense – FSU gave a glimpse last season and look like they’ll be even better in 2011.

2011 ACC Blogger Football Preview Pt. 2, – Florida State (ACC Blogger)
Florida State has always been talented, and this season is no exception. However, the Seminoles have great expectations as they return 15 starters from a 10 win team last season. Both the offense and defense will be improved from last season. The only question for Seminoles is if they can handle the pressure of being the favorite to win the ACC.

Seminoles by position: A look at Florida State’s defensive line depth (Chopping Block)
But perhaps the position where the Seminoles are truly the deepest is on the defensive line. That’s not a knock to either of the other aforementioned positions. Both, as we’ve discussed, have their share of talent stacked throughout them. It’s just that the defensive line is full of the same type of big, burly and athletic players at the respective tackle and end spots, that when one goes out, it seems another of equal talent or skill enters in his place.

2011 Opponents: Notre Dame (mgoblog)
If the Irish are to improve offensively this season, it will likely be along the offensive line. The one consistently meh part of Charlie Weis's offenses is looking to make a leap in year two under Brian Kelly after losing only one starter.

Debriefing: Let the Mike Glennon Era begin at N.C. State (Dr. Saturday)
Glennon will definitely have big shoes to fill since many consider Wilson one of the best quarterbacks to ever wear a Wolfpack uniform. And Glennon didn't exactly wow fans during the Kay Yow Spring Football Game. He completed 21 of his 40 passes for 182 yards, but he also had two passes tipped at the line of scrimmage that resulted in interceptions -- one for a touchdown.

Yep, Russell's dead to TOB. (Backing The Pack)
One name O'Brien did not mention in his comments during the annual luncheon was Russell Wilson, the two-time All-ACC quarterback who transferred to Wisconsin. "The biggest losses come at the wide receiver position," O'Brien said. "That's the biggest concern on offense."

Debriefing: Old ‘Canes take their last shot at turning over a new leaf (Dr. Saturday)
But everyone else is back, including strong All-ACC candidates on the line (Fortson), at linebacker (Spence) and in the back four (safeties Ray-Ray Armstrong and Vaughn Telemaque), which should put the 'Canes in the running for the top defense in the conference. Then again, very little of what should happen with the personnel here actually has happened over the last six years. So stay tuned.

Debriefing: The more things change at Maryland, the more they stay the same (Dr. Saturday)
I'm not going to lie: Maryland remains a boring, middle-of-the-road outfit that's not especially good or especially bad at anything in particular. But with an incoming recruiting class that adds the names Tyrek Cheeseboro, Undray Clark, Evan Mulrooney and Makinton Dorleant to a roster that already includes Haroon Brown, Bennett Fulper, Ryan Schlothauer, Titus Till and Shaquan Virgil, at least Terp fans can look forward to years of interesting media guides.

2011 ACC Blogger Football Preview – Atlantic No. 6…Wake Forest (ACC Blogger)
Need a huge turnaround – Wake Forest has as many starters back as any team in the ACC, but that doesn’t mean they’ll move up necessarily. The Deacs are in transition mode on defense with the departure of DC Brad Lambert to Charlotte in February. Offensively, sophomore QB Tanner Price is behind an experienced line with some weapons – they should move out of the triple digits in total offense this season.

A Conference Title Weekend What-If (Pre-Snap Read)
Consider this scenario: Oregon, Florida State and Alabama are undefeated heading into conference championship weekend. Florida State beats 11-1 Virginia Tech, Alabama beats 10-2 South Carolina and Oregon tops 8-4 Utah. If all teams are equal in the polls — each team is right around the same level in the B.C.S. standings — which pair do you think gets a late push into the B.C.S. National Championship Game? It’s Alabama and Florida State, of course, and Oregon is left out in the cold.

September 3, 2011 ... Are you ready?