Paul Anderson and Jim Ramella arrived at BC as true freshmen no more than a few weeks ago, and on September 3rd they will both see action against the BYU Cougars while most college freshmen are still learning about "meal plans" and "cohabitation."
Head Coach Tom O'Brien released his two-deep for Saturday's season opener earlier today, and Anderson and Ramella were just two of the surprises, most of which happened to be on defense.
Mathias Kiwanuka and Nick Larkin will start at defensive ends, but the surprise is that Jake Ottolini- a candidate for a break-out season- did not crack the two-deep. Instead Ramella and junior Jeff Burns will see action in the rotation against BYU.
Defensive tackle also brought about a surprise, as Keith Willis, Jr. was moved from defensive end to back up B.J. Raji at one tackle position. Al Washington and Ron Brace round out the four tackles.
Behind the stellar trio of linebackers, redshirt freshman Robert Francois earned the spot behind Brian Toal vacated by Johnny "Alphabet" Misiewicz. JoLonn Dunbar and Tyronne Pruitt will back-up Ray Henderson and Ricky Brown, and they'll see a ton of playing time at BYU to keep everyone fresh.
Anyone who could have predicted the secondary two-deep before camp should play the lottery, because it is a mixed bag in the defensive backfield. Kevin Akins was a safety, then a corner, then there was speculation as to where he'd play, and he finally landed as a cornerback behind senior Jazzmen Williams. We hope to have word from Akins later this week. He brings much-needed height to the CB position. DeJuan Tribble will be backed up by the speedy Brad Mueller. Mueller will get his first look at corner against BYU; he played on special teams a season ago.
True freshman Paul Anderson had a tremendous camp and was named Ryan Glasper's back-up at strong safety. Anderson, a former linebacker in high school, could be the starter by year's end. Opposite Glasper/Anderson, Larry Anam will start at free safety where he'll be backed up by former strong safety Jamie Silva.
On offense, it's not so much who's there as who wasn't there. Brandon Robinson did not crack the two-deep at WR, but he should see some playing time against the Cougars. He is probably the number five receiver behind Will Blackmon, Larry Lester, Jason Lilly and Tony Gonzalez. Also in the mix for playing time are Kevin Challenger and Taylor Sele.
No surprises on the offensive line, the Quinton Porter/ Matt Ryan quarterback duo was to be expected, and L.V. Whitworth earned the starting tailback nod with Andre Callender as his back-up.