Heygood Ready to Fight for PT

Prospect Interview

With Derrick Knight's football career at Boston College officially a memory, there is no doubt that Tom O'Brien has a significantly large hole to fill for the 2004 season. Get ready. The audition process is about to begin. And that is something that has caught the eye of Anthony Heygood (Springfield, PA).

In his senior season at Cardinal O'Hara High School, Heygood ran for 1,226 yards for 17 touchdowns. Although he would be a freshman, Heygood would be ready to compete and fill the void.

"In any situation where a senior is leaving there is a battle for it," said Heygood on Monday evening. "If I don't have to red-shirt, I won't. I'll just try to fight for the position."

With Knight listed this past season at 5'9", 205, Heygood would certainly bring something new to the table at 6'1", 210— obviously a different style of running than what the B.C. faithful have been used to over the past two seasons.

So how can one describe Heygood's impact on the football field? Why not compare him to the National Football League's best— Eddie George.

"He's so tall," said Heygood. "People are not used to tall backs… I think I try to run with [George's] power, intensity, and vision."

George is listed at 6'3", 235, so Heygood isn't quite there yet in terms of physique. Nevertheless, his visit to the Heights this weekend could perhaps be B.C.'s last opportunity to sell their program to one of the nation's top running back recruits.

"I talked to Coach O'Brien today," said Heygood. "He told me about the city of Boston and what's going to happen this weekend."

Obviously it is "crunch time" for Heygood, as he will be forced to make his decision within the final weeks of January. He already has visited Purdue and West Virginia, and while he was impressed with both football programs, Heygood assures that he will not commit until after this weekend's visit to Chestnut Hill.

"Hopefully the week after [my visit] I'll make my decision," said Heygood. "I'm just waiting for my last visit."

While Heygood waits for his trek up North, O'Brien gets ready to make this summer's auditions for running back as painless as possible. No one knows for sure what Heygood's impact would be at the 2004 summer sessions; nevertheless, he would give O'Brien a definite option at the running back position in years to come.

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