Boston College Eagles sophomore Matt Milano is listed as a linebacker, but the Floridian has previously found his playing time elsewhere.
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That’s not to say that Milano will not get a shot at that position; in fact, indications are that he could be in the mix for something greater than random snaps here or there in 2014.
Matt Milano is from Orlando, having played his high school ball down in the Sunshine State. So notable was his career at Dr. Phillips High School that Milano finished his senior year by getting named Central Florida’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Please note that at the time of the article, which praises him as a key leader on the best defense in the region, Milano was listed as a safety. The three-star high school football player was recruited to Boston College as such.
Speaking of, during his recruitment, Matt Milano held other offers from schools such as Arizona, Air Force, and Bowling Green. He tested quite well during the Nike SPARQ combine he attended several years ago.
When he got to Boston College in time for the 2013 season, as a true freshman, Milano remained as a safety. Furthermore, he got playing time on special teams, including punt return duties. Yet, the winds of change might be coming.
Matt Milano #28: Fast Facts
- Position: Linebacker
- Hometown: Orlando, Florida
- High School: Dr. Phillips High School, Orlando, FL
- Measurements: 6-foot-0, 215 lb.
- Class year at 2014 opener: Sophomore
- BC games played: 13
Matt Milano #28: 2013 Season
- Backup strong safety behind Dominique Williams
- Games played: 13 (no starts)
- Cumulative statistics: 5 tackles; 3 punt return yards
- Appeared on Spring 2014 roster
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When it comes to Milano’s future on Boston College’s defense, all indications are that head coach Steve Addazio wants to transition him to linebacker. When asked about having to replace two starting linebackers like Kevin Pierre-Louis and Steele Divitto, Addazio made particular note of Milano and what the plan might be for him:
"Matt Milano is a kid from Florida that came up and started out as a safety that we’ve kind of knocked down to that Nickel-Sam, Sam-linebacker kind of guy. We feel great about [Milano and other potential replacements]. Steve Addazio Press Conference, April 23, 2014"
Milano appears to be impressing the coaches, and it looks like he will be in full transition to linebacker for the upcoming season. In terms of playing time, he might not end up as the starter, but as someone who played in 13 games last season as a true freshman, it is hard to imagine that he will not see a reasonable number of snaps this year as well.