MVP - Mark Herzlich. Hear me out on this one before you swear never to read us again. I know he isn't the same player and he doesn't have any flashy stats. But to come back from a rare cancer and play (still rather well at times) is truly amazing. His heart and determination was an inspiration to the whole team. His story gave BC some very positive media coverage in an otherwise forgettable season for the Eagles.
OPOY - Nate Freese. Yes I know he is technically a special teamer but I'd argue he was our most consistent offensive player this season. Our QB was shaky at best and even Montel had a few games where he was held in check; in addition to missing the last two games. When is the last time BC had a truly reliable kicker with range? We actually look to kick FGs now when we stall at the 25 to 30 yard line. Freese went 22/25 on FGs and as Mike pointed out, he should have a great chance to be our all time points scoring leader.
DPOY - Luke Kuchley. BC's first consensus All-American since Mike Cloud in 1998, Luke Kuechly destroyed the record for tackles even though he was moved to a new position this season. His instincts are unparalleled as he is always around the ball, sheds blocks easily and doesn't overrun too many plays. As the unquestioned leader on our D, this was the easiest choice here.
Coach of the Year - Bill McGovern. This pick certainly wasn't going to anyone on the offensive end so I'll choose Bill McGovern to accept it on behalf of the whole defense. With such poor ineptitude from BC's offense, McGovern's D constantly gave them a chance to win. I admit I'm not the biggest fan of the "bend but don't break" defense but it works for BC. And as LB coach, I give him a lot of credit for the development of our outstanding LBs. Maybe Linebacker U is on the way?
MVP- Anthony Castonzo. Pure and simple. He is the best player on this football team and without a future NFL player protecting our freshman quarterback's blindside, things would have been a lot worse. I hate how no one ever gives the guys on the line enough credit because they don't put up pretty stats or make the plays that really "wow" you. This year I'm giving a guy on the line the top honor, and he deserves it.
OPOY- Montel Harris. If Harris was on an SEC team, he would be in the early talks for next year's Heisman. It really hurts his case that he's at BC and that the Eagles probably won't be competing for a national championship next year. The fact that Matt Ryan didn't even make the final four shows you how high the bar is for a BC player looking to get into Heisman consideration.
DPOY- Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuke (if you need his last name you shouldn't be reading this blog). He is the best defensive player in the ACC. I'm sick and tired of hearing about Bowers when our boy Luke is threatening the single season NCAA tackle record. I love his game, I love his passion, and I love his dedication to BC. He's a winner and a great example for the younger guys on our team. Graham Stewart could learn a lot from him if he doesn't bolt for the Sunshine State.
Coach of the Year - No one. No one deserves this award and no amount of pressure can make me give it out. Who deserves it? Special teams were atrocious. Atrocious! The offense was pathetic at best and pitiful at worst. How can I give it to an offensive coach in good conscious? The defense? With the amount of talent on that defense there was no excuse not to be dominant. Mike Siravo is worthy of this award if he figures out how to get Graham Stewart to sign on the dotted line. Otherwise, I say we leave the award vacant or give it to Jerry York.
MVP - Mark Herzlich. Before you go crazy on me, hear me out: was Herzy the best player on our team this year? No way. But was he the most important? I'd say certainly - not only is he the clear leader on defense (even if Kuechly has passed him in terms of talent), he's also been an inspiration to the other players on the team, as well as others at BC, in the ACC, and fans of college football in general. The team, the school, and the NCAA wouldn't be the same without Herzy, and in my mind that more than qualifies him for MVP this year.
OPOY - Kind of has to be Harris, doesn't it? I shudder to think what the offense would have been like without him (although Andre Williams showed something towards the end of the season). I'd also like to give a shout-out to Nate Freese, who, while technically a special teamer, was another bright spot and saved a lot of terrible drives with his range.
DPOY - Kuechly. This one isn't exactly close, either.
Coach of the Year - I'll give this one to Ben Sirmans, the running backs coach. It's one thing to have Montel do well, but the emergence of Andre Williams as a viable second option was a pleasant surprise, and at least some of that credit has to go to Sirmans - especially at a school where RB had been a weak point for years.
MVP – Luke Kuechly. I wanna go with Herzy. I really do. From what I can tell, he’s a “BC guy” through and through. He gave BC some great publicity and he reminds college sports fans that some schools value five star people first and five star athletes second. That said, we’re talking about a football team, not an admissions brochure. Herzy has served the
community as well as anyone in recent memory, but he wasn’t the most valuable player of this football team. Boston College
OPOY – Montel Harris. On a team void of anything resembling offensive performance, I have to look to the work horse. Montel didn’t have the 2,000 yard rushing season Anthony Castonzo was hoping for, but he did go for 1,243 without any semblance of a passing game opening things up for him. On a side note, I’m getting real excited to watch this kid next year.
DPOY – Luke Kuechly. Speaking of guys I’m psyched out of my mind to watch next year…
Coach of the Year – Bill McGovern. The D wasn’t as dominating as it should have been and had some real head scratchers (ND, NC State), but the development of this linebacking corp is worthy of this award itself.