Top-Five Performers vs. UVA

Andre Callender

Who gets the number-one nod from Saturday's wet contest against UVA?

5). CB Kevin Akins - Akins played a huge role for the Eagles on Saturday stepping in for the injured Jazzmen Williams who left the game with a left quadriceps injury and did not return. He made several nice open field tackles throughout the day and helped keep Virginia QB Marques Hagans under control. In total, Akins finished with 5 tackles, a sack and a pick. He has shown that he can handle the pressure and hang in and play very solid at cornerback. Hopefully, the injury to Williams is not serious, but Akins has stepped up and proven he can handle the load over the past couple of weeks.

4). CB DeJuan Tribble - Tribble was all over the place on Saturday. He finished with 6 tackles, with one for loss, one official fumble recovery and one huge pass breakup to ice the game. He actually recovered another fumble by Hagans, but it was eventually correctly overruled. Tribble also provided a spark in the return game, which has been surprisingly stagnant coming off of last year's success. With the score 21-17 early in the 4th quarter, Tribble ran a low punt 21 yards to the Virginia 43 to set up Brian Toal's second touchdown of the game. That score put BC up 28-17 and gave them some breathing room. The pass breakup ensued on the next Virginia drive as Cavs had a goal-to-go situation. On 4th down Hagans threw a jump ball looking for Deyon Williams in the back of the end zone, but Tribble made a nice play to get a hand on the ball and knock it down ending Virginia's chances.

3). QB Quinton Porter - Porter was listed as a game-time decision but found out on Friday night that he was going to get the start. He showed some rust as a result of the time off but did rebound to play very well, earning ACC Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts. He finished 25 of 37 for 301 yards and a touchdown and one pick. The lone interception was harmless though as it was a deep ball on 3rd down that was effectively a punt. Porter at times was off with his passes, but his receivers did a great job of adjusting and helping out their quarterback. To his credit, he was also able to lead the offense and keep the ball moving all day. If there had not been the troubles with the kicking game, it would not have been this close a game.

2). Andre Callender - This is the running game that BC fans have become accustomed to. Callender broke off two big runs for the Eagles, a 35 yard scamper to open the scoring and a 57 yarder to seal the deal. The run game has struggled at times this year, but it looked good against a shaky Virginia defense. BC rolled up 196 yards on the ground which was actually an improvement for Virginia over the previous week when they gave up 250 rushing yards to Maryland. Callender registered the second 100-yard rushing game for the Eagles this year. Although LV Whitworth has received the majority of the carries this year, Callender has only 7 fewer rushing yards on 17 fewer carries. Andre has certainly made his case to get more touches as he has shown the ability to break big plays.

1. Al Washington - Washington gets the nod in the top spot this week, but not for anything he did during a play. Washington got the gate after his reaction to the low blow by Virginia offensive lineman Brad Butler on Mathias Kiwanuka. Washington gave more to his team with that reaction, though, as he fired up the Eagles like nothing seen in recent years. The emotion from that play gave the Eagles another gear as they outscored Virginia 21-3 after the Deyon Williams touchdown to cap that drive. Outside of a couple of personal foul penalties that resulted from the heightened emotions, the Eagles were able to get fired up and take it out on the Cavaliers and run them right off the field.

Player of the Year Standings Quinton Porter - 13
Andre Callender - 12
Mathias Kiwanuka - 9
Brian Toal - 9
Matt Ryan - 8
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