Boston College Football 2014: Sean Sylvia, FS


Senior defensive back Sean Sylvia has been in three dozen games for the Boston College Eagles during his collegiate playing career, but 2014 will be his last ride.

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His first ride on the Heights came following his high school days, when Sylvia came from Cheshire Academy in Connecticut, which followed four years at Dartmouth High School in the southern reaches of the commonwealth. That year at Cheshire put Sean Sylvia back on the recruiting map, and when Boston College offered the former Dartmouth starting quarterback a scholarship, he was on his way.

Despite the fact that he did a year at post-secondary prep school prior to arriving in Chestnut Hill, Sylvia had to wait yet another year to play. Following a redshirt year in 2010, Sylvia has appeared in over ten games per season every year since. In 2011 as a redshirt freshman, Sylvia made his first career start against the Duke Blue Devils (sadly, the “middle schmiddle” game) en route to eleven total appearances.

Meanwhile, in 2012, Sylvia made it into all twelve games and started seven of them; last season, as a redshirt junior under Steve Addazio, he started all thirteen games Boston College played.

What could be in store for the veteran defensive back in 2014?

Sean Sylvia #19: Fast Facts

  • Position: Free safety
  • Hometown: Dartmouth, Massachusetts
  • High School: Dartmouth High School and Cheshire Academy, Cheshire, CT
  • Measurements: 6-foot-0, 208 lb.
  • Class year at 2014 opener: Redshirt senior
  • BC games played: 36

Sean Sylvia #19: 2013 Season

  • Starting free safety
  • Games played: 13 (started all)
  • Cumulative statistics: 68 tackles, 2 TFL, INT, 1 forced fumble
  • Appeared on Spring 2014 roster

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One thing we know will be in store for Sean Sylvia is a starting role. Hoping the Eagles play in more than twelve games, expect him to start in that many.

Sylvia plays with heart, which is important. He’s an established member of this defensive secondary who answers the bell every game. He is also a known quantity: Sylvia won’t lead the team in tackles (one of the linebackers will, if we are to respect established tradition), but he will get out there and try his best.

Expect a senior year similar to his junior year, where he will be right around the defensive back with the most tackles.

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