April 19, 2007

The Ice Man Part I

Three years into Big East football, in 1993, quarterback Glenn Foley earned first team Big East. He was the only BC quarterback to garner that honor during the 14 seasons BC spent in the Big East. Two years into ACC football for Boston College, Matt Ryan has captured first team ACC accolades. This time around Boston College may not have to wait as long for a quarterback to garner first team All Conference honors. Matt Ryan returns for his senior campaign and he is doing so with something he never had last season -- his health.

In the first game of last season, Matt suffered a high ankle sprain while playing against Central Michigan. He was hobbled by that injury for weeks, when he suffered an even worse injury in the sixth game of the season versus Virginia Tech. This time around he broke his foot, a Jones fracture. With this injury the styloid process of the fifth metatarsal (bump on the outside of your foot) is broken off the metatarsal bone to which it is connected. With all these injuries, and essentially playing on one leg all season, he missed one game. Yes, only one game and that game was against Buffalo during a monsoon. Many quarterbacks would have had to call it a season, not Matt. He went on to first team All ACC honors and led BC to 10 victories.

Matt Ryan has an opportunity to become the first quarterback for BC since Glenn Foley in 1993 to attain Conference Player of the Year honors. He has the chance to achieve back-to-back first team All ACC accolades, something that hasn't been done by a BC quarterback since before the Big East conference was formed for football. However it isn't the individual accolades that Matt is focused on, it is an ACC championship and a BCS bowl, something BC has come so close to the last three seasons.

At this point Matt is focusing on absorbing and digesting a new offense to the best of his ability, in continuing to build upon where he left off last year.

"I think so far I've been doing a pretty good job. I've worked really hard with coaches Steve Logan and Jags this winter to really go through and finalize the terminology of the offense with them, and keep it as similar as possible to last year so the transition isn't as hard for all the guys.

"So far I've picked up everything well, obviously there are some differences compared to what we did last year. Everyone has done a good job of picking up these differences and showing it on the field a little bit. I think everyone has done a really good job so far."

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