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Better Know An Eagle 2017: #24 DB Taj-Amir Torres

A speedster in the secondary, what could he bring the Eagles in 2017?

NCAA Football: Louisville at Boston College Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Name: Taj Amir Torres

Position: Defensive Back

Number: 24

Year: Junior

Height: 5’9”

Weight: 177

Hometown: Amherst, Massachusetts

High School: Amherst-Pelham

2016 Stats: Via 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.”