Top-Five Performers vs. UNC

Jamie Silva

In a game that featured solid individual efforts and questionable personnel decisions, which five Eagles stood out in BC's 16-14 loss to North Carolina?

5). LB JoLonn Dunbar - Apparently Dunbar was a wide receiver in high school if you listened to the musings of Steve Martin and Doc Walker on Jefferson Pilot Sports on Saturday afternoon. The funny thing is this is the third BC game they've done this year, and I'm sure in one of the previous two they alluded to the fact that he was a running back. Well, in actuality he played running back for Corcoran High School in Syracuse, NY, but BC fans are glad he decided to switch to the defensive side of the ball during his redshirt year. Dunbar recorded five solo tackles on Saturday backing up Ray Henderson at the middle linebacker position. He added two tackles-for-loss and demonstrated whenever he was on the field why BC is in good shape at the MLB position for the next two years.

4). WR Larry Lester - Lester had seven receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown on Saturday. He ran good routes and got open frequently; in fact on one play instant replay revealed he was wide open downfield without a defender in site, however his quarterback (Quinton Porter at the time) couldn't see him. Interesting fact: Lester not only caught Matt Ryan's most recent touchdown pass, he also caught the first of Ryan's BC career last year at Temple.

3). QB Matt Ryan - I don't want this to turn into a speculative paragraph on why he wasn't put into the game sooner, but after Ryan's insertion into the lineup midway through the fourth quarter the Eagles offense showed the same life it did at Clemson and during the late rally against Wake Forest. Ryan could be seen on the sideline before he went in trying to get his linemen fired up, something the cameras would never catch #15 doing. "Matty Ice" finally showed his coach, who must have been the last non-believer outside of Maine, that he deserved to be the starting QB for BC. Despite his late rally falling short, Ryan will get the nod next week versus NC State.

2). WR William Blackmon - #1 matched a career-best with eight receptions, however number nine would have put the Eagles into the end zone at the beginning of the fourth quarter and might have changed the complexion of the game. Alas a screen pass that went for six was called back because of an ineligible man downfield penalty on guard Josh Beekman. The Eagles then self-destructed, capped by a 12-yard sack taken by Quinton Porter than knocked the team out of field goal range. Despite that disappointing turn of events, Blackmon has quite a ballgame on offense and on punt returns. He showcased nifty moved after the catch and on his two punt returns for a total of 33 yards.

1). DB Jamie Silva - Talk about a kid with a motor that doesn't quit. BC could be down 55-0 and Silva would still hurl himself with reckless abandon at opposing ball-carriers. Silva paced the Eagles with six tackles and five assists on the day; he's almost like a fourth linebacker out there with the way he pursues and wraps-up. He leads the Eagles with 65 tackles on the year, 10 tackles ahead of Ray Henderson. The once-unheralded recruit has become a pleasant surprise on Frank Spaziani's defense, a unit that held the Tar Heels to nine points on Saturday.

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