2013 Boston College Football Unit Preview: Secondary

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The unit previews have swept through nearly the entire team, and today we finish the defense with a look at the secondary. There has been some criticism leveled at this group in recent years, part of which was directed at the adjustment-free scheme they played and part of which was directed at personnel. What we can say is that there are decent players to be found on the roster back here, but everyone will be playing a much more aggressive, high-risk, high-reward scheme. It’s a gamble to be sure, but will probably be more fun to watch than being dinked-and-dunked to death because the corners are playing ten yards off the ball.

2013 BC Football Unit Preview: Secondary

The Starters (preseason depth chart)

Manny Asprilla, junior, LC

Asprilla, more or less, has been a consistent performer over his first two seasons. He went from 30 tackles his freshman year to 42 last season, and picked up two interceptions as a sophomore as well. Asprilla has done his job so far, and he could thrive in the new Don Brown defensive scheme.

Spenser Rositano, junior, SS

Rositano has recorded 96 tackles over his first two seasons with Boston College. He came to BC having had experience all over the field, including special teams, where has made an impact here. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing, but Rositano did lead the Eagles with three interceptions last season.

Sean Sylvia, junior, FS

Sylvia was the most productive member of this secondary last year in terms of numbers, jumping to 86 tackles last season while also recording a pick. Last year, Sylvia took a step forward and now with a completely new philosophy, he’ll need to take another as he might be looked at as the leader of this unit.

Bryce Jones, sophomore, RC

Bryce Jones had a relatively quiet true freshman year, despite playing 278 snaps over the course of all 12 games. He made 15 tackles on the season and will have a chance to greatly increase those numbers as a starter. Jones is an athletic guy and should be of some help to the Eagles back here.

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