Playing time is finally coming this season for Boston College Eagles redshirt freshman DB Atem Ntantang.First things first: since you’re going to ask, it’s pronounced NEH-tan-TANG. We can only hope that broadcasters check their pronunciation guides, but as we so often see, they don’t.
Anyway, from Northern Virginia he came to Boston College, following a productive high school football career for Woodgrove High School.
While there, as a senior cornerback, he was an all-league, all-region, and even an all-state player.
Atem Ntantang would catch the eye of the previous coaching staff, but it was Al Washington (still with the Eagles, of course) who would bring him to the Heights. When Steve Addazio came in, Ntantang gladly stayed as part of the 2013 transition recruiting class.
Though he did not end up seeing any game action last season, Ntantang’s college football days are still early.
Atem Ntantang #39: Fast Facts
- Position: Cornerback
- Hometown: Purcellville, Virginia
- High School: Woodgrove High School, Purcellville, VA
- Measurements: 5-foot-11, 190 lb.
- Class year at 2014 opener: Redshirt freshman
- BC games played: 0
Atem Ntantang #39: 2013 Season
- Appeared on Spring 2014 roster
Ntantang’s redshirt year is over and he will now be available for duty. There are going to be some open spots on the two deep in the defensive backfield, though the two starting roles look to be nailed down between Manny Asprilla and Bryce Jones.
The departure of Al Louis-Jean creates an opportunity for someone to move up, and Ntantang has as good a shot as anyone else not currently on the two-deep. If he still runs a 4.5 like he did in high school, that will add to his appeal. Even if he does not regularly crack the depth chart, as a redshirt freshman, there is still much football to be played between now and the time he leaves.
Nevertheless, expect him to see the field in 2014. And follow him on Twitter.
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