Eagles Football: 2014 Boston College Linebackers Preview

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2014 Boston College Linebackers Preview: The Starting Three?

Our Preview: Steven Daniels, LB
Our Preview: Josh Keyes, LB
Our Preview: Sean Duggan, LB

All things considered, this would not be a bad starting linebacker corps. Steven Daniels is now the most tenured starter, being the only one of these players who did on a regular basis. His Boston College career started off slowly, but Daniels closed strong as the 2013 season continued.

There is reason to believe that he will become the player Boston College expected him to be when he was a four-star recruit bound here from St. Xavier in Cincinnati, the same school that produced Luke Kuechly.

Said high school also gave the Eagles Sean Duggan, a senior and another potential starter. Duggan served as a backup to Kuechly and then Divitto; always the groomsman, never the groom, but this could be his year. Last season, he cratered statistically with only one tackle despite playing in twelve games.

Josh Keyes is another player who could get the nod. A few times, we have seen Keyes put hits on offensive players that their grandmothers would feel. There is an exciting element to his game — that Keyes is a playmaker on defense who is not afraid to lay the wood. At 223 lb., he is in a good spot for a linebacker though not a huge guy, but he plays bigger than his size and that’s part of why the coaches appear to like him so much.