Name: Taj Amir Torres
Position: Defensive Back
Hometown: Amherst, Massachusetts
High School: Amherst-Pelham
2016 Stats: Via BCEagles.com: Played in all 13 games, making first career start at NC State (Oct. 29) … recorded 13 total tackles, including nine solo stops … part of the defense that ranked on eight top 10 lists, including ninth in total defense (314.2 yards/game), second in sacks (3.62 sacks/game) and 10th in turnovers gained (27) … returned first career kick return for 30 yards and added one tackle on defense against Clemson (Oct. 7) ... tallied a career-high four tackles against Syracuse (Oct. 22) ... nabbed first career interception to seal the victory against Connecticut (Nov. 19).
Projections: Torres became a starter halfway through the season at corner. He will probably be rotating with Kamrin Moore, and Isaac Yiadom throughout the season, giving BC a nice core at CB with solid experience. I’d expect him to be a major contributor throughout this season.
Over/Under: Two interceptions, or 25 tackles.
How’d He Get Here: Torres was a 2* athlete that had offers from Boston College, UMass and lesser schools like UConn.
Fun Fact: Torres had the game ending interception against UConn.
Quotables from Defensive Coordinator Jim Reid: “He’s been great. He’s working hard,” said Reid, who spent the last three seasons at Iowa. “He’s fast. He has amazing speed and quickness. He’s done a great job for us.
“He’s a well-developed athlete with a great sense of the ball. He’s developed some great mental toughness,” Reid continued. “He’s a core special teams guy. He’s going to be in on defense. The sky is the limit for him.”