As we count down to opening kickoff against UMass, the writers of BC Interruption (and one of our loyal readers and friend of the site) sat down and discussed some of the major talking points for the 2014 season. Yesterday we predicted who will be the offensive MVP for the Eagles. Today we ask: Who will be the defensive MVP for the Boston College Eagles?
A.J. Black - Josh Keyes
This is a kid that benefited the most from the switch over to Don Brown's aggressive style of defense. Keyes, who is more of a safety-LB tweener picked up 4+ sacks last year, and seemed to be a legitimate sack threat everytime he was on the field. I love the kids speed, and with more seasoning and self confidence he could be a superb linebacker for the Eagles. Addazio has said that the team is beginning to buy in more on the defensive side, so I'm thinking big things from the senior. I am predicting he will lead the team in sacks and along with Steven Daniels, be an achor in the linebacking corp.
Joe Grav - Manny Asprilla
I'm going with Asprilla. He was a bright spot - especially early in the year - in the defensive secondary last season. If the defense improves all around - which I hope and expect it will - that should allow Asprilla to shine more brightly. Two years ago he looked like he was going to be the best cornerback on the roster and he certainly was last year, but I think he's going to become a name we all know this year. I expect some key interceptions from Asprilla this season.
Dan Rubin - Steven Daniels
The one hallmark of every great Boston College defense is at least one linebacker capable of being anywhere on the field. He's the guy coming up with the huge stop, the guy making a key interception in coverage, blanketing a tight end, and he can and will jam the slot receiver if called upon. Daniels is the heir apparent to that line of backers. If he can lock down the entire middle level of the field, then the DB's will find coverage A LOT easier.
Grant Salzano - Manny Asprilla
Going with the Joe here and picking Asprilla. He just looked really good last year and, just like Joe said, could have an opportunity to look even better with the defense in general hopefully making some improvement.
Claver2010 - Steven Daniels
I was concerned after the Nova game last year about Daniels as he looked out of position & slow. The progression he made throughout the year was extremely impressive. Believe he's in line to be the next great BC linebacker.
Brian Favat - Malachi Moore
The Eagles secondary is a mess; easily the most maligned unit on the roster. While the secondary is bound to improve in 2014 -- nowhere to go but up, right? -- I can't rightly pick a defensive back as defensive MVP. I'm going to go with a hipster choice -- Malachi Moore. Boston College loses a ton of production on the defensive line with the loss of Kasim Edebali, Kaleb Ramsey and Jaryd Rudolph. As we saw last year, the Eagles defense is gonna apply a ton of pressure on opposing signal callers and someone is gonna step up to notch all those sacks, TFLs and QB pressures. Just a hunch, but I think that player is Malachi Moore, who rebounds from missing last season with a huge year this year.
Who do you think will be the 2014 Defensive MVP for the Boston College Eagles? Make sure to vote in our poll below!