4). PK Billy Bennett and P Ryan Quigley - It's always a good day when the specialists make the list. Quigley punted to a 40.5 yard average in his first collegiate game including a long of 48. Eagles fans have to be confident that the dropoff from Daisuke Matzuzaka-killer Johnny Ayers to Quigley is not as dramatic as what might have been expected. Kudos to Billy Flutie as well for his first quarter punt inside the 10. Bennett's performance was tremendous. Four kickoffs, two touchbacks, none out of bounds. You'd probably have to go back to the Tijuana Twister days to find a line like that.
3). RB Jeff Smith - Welcome back to college football, Mr. Jeff Smith (I will not call him Jet just yet). Smith turned on the burners on a 1st quarter 42-yard touchdown run getting to the outside and turning the corner faster than any Boston College running back I've ever seen (Will Green's wheel route versus Notre Dame in 2001 comes to mind, but that was a totally different scenario). Smith took a lick in the 2nd half that knocked him out of the game, but he should be fine for Saturday's home opener.
2). QB Chris Crane - Solid, steady performance from BC's veteran rookie quarterback. He displayed deceptive quickness and got more yards after contact than I would have expected. Two runs - one from 10 yards and one from six - went for six as Crane matched Matt Ryan's total of rushing TD's from the entire 2007 campaign in one game.
1). LB Mark Herzlich - His fourth quarter interception to seal the shutout cemented top honors for the emerging superstar linebacker. Herzlich's play to that point in the game was typical of his past two seasons: quick to the ball, sure tackling, and almost precognitive football awareness. His interception secured not only the shutout but probably was the difference between BC getting nary a mention or even faint praise in conversations about the ACC and the perception that BC "struggled" with Kent State.