Today will be a left defensive tackle day on the 101 Days. The 2011 Boston College defensive line was short one of its key players, Kaleb Ramsey. It also featured one of the more pleasant surprises on the team, Dominic Appiah. This sophomore will return to the backup role as Ramsey returns.
Appiah hails from Somerset, New Jersey, and began his high school career there. He played for Cardinal McCarrick High School in South Amboy, but then shipped up to Connecticut for more experience at Cheshire Academy, the same school being attended by 2013 BC verbal Cory Jasudowich. His solid performance on the defensive line got him three stars from the recruiting agencies, as well as offers from Boston College, UConn, and Maryland. Appiah, a defensive end at the time, obviously chose Boston College.
He sat out the 2010 season as a redshirt, but made his debut in 2011 against Northwestern in the home opener, moving over to left tackle. Appiah played in 11 of BC’s 12 games last season, while starting the final eight. His numbers were amongst the best on the defensive line: Appiah netted 36 tackles, 6.5 for a loss, two sacks, a forced fumble, and a blocked kick on special teams.
There really is no doubt that as a redshirt freshman, Appiah played well. With the return of Kaleb Ramsey, however, he will remain on the two-deep but slide into the second spot. Appiah’s fans have little reason to fear, because he’s going to still get some playing time to show his stuff, and he’ll almost certainly be back to starting at this position when 2013 comes.