Seniors Ready for Hokies?

Augie Hoffmann

Despite sitting at 6-5 heading into the last game of the season, BC's senior leaders are confident that the Eagles can emerge from Blacksburg with a victory on Saturday. A win would carry BC's seniors to their fifth bowl game in as many years.

Ask Derrick Knight, Sean Ryan, Augie Hoffmann and Josh Ott about playing their last collegiate game on Saturday afternoon at Blacksburg, Virginia. They don't want to hear about it.

"We're trying to leave our legacy with going to a bowl game every year," said tight end Sean Ryan. Ryan started out his BC career as a linebacker but has emerged as one of the top players at his position in the nation. His senior campaign has been filled with big plays and touchdowns. He certainly does not want his career to end on a 6-6 non-bowl campaign.

"We're not ready for this thing to be over," reiterated captain Augie Hoffmann, who has emerged as one of the top offensive guards in the conference. Hoffmann will be called upon to lead a dinged up offensive line, playing without junior Chris Snee, onto the field Saturday afternoon.

The offensive line must control the play to open up holes for senior tailback Derrick Knight.

"BC has always gone to bowls," said Knight. Over the past four years, since Head Coach Tom O'Brien brought in Knight, Ryan, Hoffmann and others, BC has been to a bowl in every season. Of course when these players were recruited, the idea of going to a bowl for four consecutive seasons was a pipe dream. But Tom O'Brien and his staff brought the Eagles from the shadows of a gambling scandal back to respectability.

This year's fifth-year seniors have been an integral part of restoring the pride to BC football. And they're hoping to leave their mark on a program that is clearly on the rise.

"You never want it to be over," said co-captain Josh Ott. "It comes down to the last game, a huge game on TV; it's the epitome of college football."

This game is an opportunity for BC's fifth-year seniors to leave an indelible mark on the program. No other class has gone to five straight bowl games.

"Nobody wants to finish the season," said Ryan.

If the Eagles can upset the Hokies on Saturday afternoon, the seniors will have their fifth bowl game. And for the rest of the team, the season will be far from over.

Michael Chevallier is the publisher of EagleInsider.com. He can be reached at EagleInsiderGuru@aol.com.

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