Friday, December 16, 2011

Momah gets 6th year! and all the others are able to come back too UPDATE

UPDATE: I wrote the post based on the tweet. BC's article later clarified that Momah still needs NCAA approval. I assume he will get it.


Injuries to college athletes are especially unfair. Their respective careers are so short that any game or season missed is one less chance to shine or contribute. Of all the guys who missed time this season, I felt especially bad for Ifeanyi Momah. He was a guy who came in with such raw potential, did what was asked of him, yet never got a chance to put it all together. It seemed like 2011 might be the season where it finally clicked. He was healthy and back on offense full-time and had a new offensive coordinator. Things were going according to plan until he got hurt. Now he gets the rare sixth NCAA year. I hope he makes the most of it and we get something special.


Also of note is Montel Harris's opportunity to return. He comes back to a much more crowded backfield than the one he left. But another season means another chance to break the ACC's rushing record. I also feel he was misused and rushed a bit this year. Let's hope all the time off means he'll finally be healthy in 2012.


Ramsey should be a contributor if he is elects to use his fifth year. I also look forward to seeing Jones and Wujciak back.

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22 Comments:

At 4:30 PM, Blogger Erik said...

While fully admitting I have no idea what I'm talking about, I'd like to see Montel skip football activity and run track until June. Based on how he keeps re-injuring himself, wait as long as possible to get into cutting and contact, but work on speed and stay in shape. He could still attend meetings, film study, and team activities. Why risk getting hurt in spring football?

 
At 4:57 PM, Blogger Jimmy said...

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At 5:00 PM, Blogger Jimmy said...

Erik: "I have no idea what I'm talking about"

Jimmy: "Agreed"

Jimmy: "What if Montel gets spiked running track and can never run again?"

Erik: "Gosh, I didn't think of that. I guess track is out"

Jimmy: "Maybe Montel can help his mom bake cupcakes instead"

Erik: "I guess that would be safe"

 
At 7:13 PM, Blogger eagleboston said...

C'mon Jimmy. Erik asked an interesting question in a nice and respectful manner. There is no need to belittle him.

I feel the difference between BC going to a bowl and our sitting at home was the loss of Jones, Ramsay, Momah and Harris. We would have been a much different team with those players. You add in a true in-game strategy coach to those player and BC might have won 9-10 games. Glad to hear they may be back next year.

 
At 10:26 PM, Blogger harrow said...

http://www.forbes.com/sites/nathanvardi/2011/12/16/sec-says-rudy-ruettiger-is-a-stock-scammer/


For your reading pleasure. He is a pink sheets pump n dumper, lol. Reverse mergers and all, funny.

 
At 10:34 PM, Blogger Erik said...

No worries eagleboston, it's par for the course with him and he's only capable of making himself look bad.

 
At 6:50 AM, Blogger Jimmy said...

Ok, Erik

Why would Montel run track? He is not fast enough to be a sprinter. Maybe relay with the baton hand off would help Montel with manual dexterity? He is too short and too heavy for hurdles. An 800 meter guy? No way. He'd be exhausted. Discus? Maybe long jump?

I am curious to learn from you, Erik, why you assume Montel is suitable for the track team when he has no obvious track skills?

EagleBoston - Do you know?

 
At 7:11 AM, Blogger blist said...

I'm not bashing on Erik I think Erik's idea is a decent one. But I don't think Montel's strength is his speed more than his feet, vision, core strength etc. Shame we don't have a jujitsu team.
Jimmy, don't be a dick. Harris is a "running back" it seems a fairly logical idea.

 
At 8:31 AM, Blogger mod10aeagle said...

Obviously, Montel will be doing plenty of running and sprinting to rebuild the strength and recover as much speed and acceleration as possible. Running in a straight line is certainly less stressful on the ligaments than lateral cuts and stops, as Erik noted. However, running competitively (e.g. on the track team) vs. working out, brings other hazards, most notably hamstring pulls/tears. An athlete who is just working out is more likely to throttle back to avoid injury. In the heat of a competitive 55 meter sprint, with points on the line, they might not have that discipline (or be willing to let down their teammates). Montel will be training like a track athlete, but competing wouldn't be worth the risk.

 
At 10:57 AM, Blogger NEDofSavinHill said...

1) Athletic Directors: It should be noted that Navy beat Army for the 10th straight year and that Gladchuk has been the AD there for 10 years. This is the same AD who, while at BC, hired York, TOB, Skinner and Inglese.The best group of coaches in BC's history. BC's current AD hasn't hired a good coach in 20 years (15 at BC, 5 at Villanova). Yet the Globe was totally negative towards Gladchuk and has been totally fawning in its coverage of GDF --"Espn told us what to do" Can you purchase favorable coverage by signing with the Fenway Group? The Heights sports editor Paul Sulzer was correct: The Globe whitewashes its coverage of BC's Athletic Department. 2. A serious malaise has enveloped all b-ball reporters and fans. Football now dwarfs it in popularity. All the expertise and insight built up over a 40 year career in covering b-ball is now useless and unmarketable (3)How false are some in the media? Last week, Boston Globe sports columnist Bob Ryan wrote, "the ACC stinks in football" and the ACC "seldom" has a team in the top 25" These are blatant lies. According to the coaches poll over the last 5 years the ACC has placed 15 teams in the top 25, at least 2 in every year. The press never mentions that of the top 100 NFL players 22 came from ACC teams and only 13 from SEC tams. While the ACC was #1 the SEC was #3. Remember how dishonest ESPN was when covering Matt Ryan. While he was beating VT and playing flawlessly the announcers (Herbstreit anfd Fowler) stated, "It's a down year for quarterbacks in the ACC" and "there are no standout QBs in the ACC" This calculated dissembling prevented the best QB in the USA from even being invited to the Heisman ceremony.

 
At 11:33 AM, Blogger janebc said...

Guess what, the reason we did not get to a bowl was, any bowl, was not injuries, it was - SPAZ and his Spectacularly bad playcalling.

 
At 11:49 AM, Blogger Jimmy said...

Jane, Spaz was not the play caller. But agree he is the chief reason for underperformance.

Blist - Harris is a football player not a track guy I think you know that.

 
At 12:25 PM, Blogger Melman said...

Momah still needs NCAA approval, so your headline is misleading.

 
At 5:19 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

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At 5:22 PM, Blogger EL MIZ said...

"ravenel getting major minutes" doesn't mean he's any good. he hasn't been impressive from the few times i've seen OSU play.

i agree with heslip though. this team needs shooting and desperately needs a PG; heslip does both. whatever happened to him? he's a perfect fit for this team, no? probably spaz's fault

 
At 5:24 PM, Blogger West-Coaster said...

Off topic but can't stop wondering - what the £#%¥ happened to make Bradley Heslip un-enroll from BC and transfer? He just dropped 18 pts for the 7th ranked team in the country! Yeah, I know Donauhe came in, etc., but this kid was here, pre-enrolled & locked in. Has there ever been a definitive explanation? It's killing me to see him running a national power, Ravenel getting major minutes at Ohio St, and the others who were coming here playing well as sophomores in other programs while we get throttled by Holy Cross etc. Aaargh, why did they ALL leave (not to mention Sanders and Ellmore)? Lord, give me strength!

 
At 5:37 PM, Blogger West-Coaster said...

Miz I know Ravenel is no blue chipper but hey, if he's good enough to back up Sullinger and get 20 minutes a game at OS, he's good enough to bang with the ACC - regardless, the exodus was disproportionate and kinda weird. I thought it was because Donahua had some well-defined master plan but so far yikes, it's a bunch of kids playing scared. I know I'm overstaing, but dang would've been nice to hang on to a few of these guys during this depressing transition...

 
At 8:58 PM, Blogger harrow said...

Again, a major reason Donahue was brought it was to clean up the bball program. The trustees and big donors were sick of some of the knuckleheads Skinner brought in. Most of the kids were good guys, but there were some bad apples as well. I have talked to major donors in the past and they always brought this up and mentioned how they were embarassed. My guess is Donahue just wanted his own players and cleaned house. I think it was unfair to people like Heslip, but it is what it is. It is a totally different type of person Donahue is recruiting. Many of the kids on the team had offers from service academies. Hopefully we can win under the new regime but it remains to be seen.

 
At 11:54 PM, Blogger West-Coaster said...

I hear you. I've gotta stop looking at Baylor's box score I guess...it's just, having been thru a bunch these w/ BC coaches over the years, this has just stood out as the biggest gutting of the program by far. Under this theory GDF sounds like the Thomas Moore of ADs - which of course would be utterly in contrast to his role in the debacle that is Spaz. Nevertheless, I keep watching...

 
At 10:12 AM, Blogger lbkjj said...

Unless these students have legitimate pro prospects, why should they come back for a 5th or 6th year, especially the way our team is playing?
Why not just get on with their lives?

 
At 11:46 AM, Blogger Knucklehead said...

lbkjj,
I think the opposite.

If these players were high level pro prosepcts then they would leave and go pro.

By coming back they are taking advantage of the education . . . These guys will be going into the grad school programs(I believe Mohmah already is). They will be playing one more year in a high profile conference that will give them a chance prove their worth to NFL scouts.

Momah and Montel are some of the most articulate, talented, and respectful student athletes the University has EVER had. Boston College should do everything it can do to retain them for another year.

 
At 11:32 PM, Blogger Ry said...

A lot of football guys actually finish their undergrad degrees in 3.5 years due to summer classes and are working on grad degrees by their senior year second semester.

 

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