Tuesday, September 3, 2013
BC's Edebali is top dude
By Jack McCluskey
NEWTON, Mass. -- Kasim Edebali did something this past weekend that (quite possibly) no one had ever done before in 114 seasons of Boston College football.
With 5.5 tackles (three of those for a loss), a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, the fifth-year senior defensive lineman and BC co-captain had himself quite a day in the 24-14 win over Villanova. It was a performance that earned him a (probably) never-before-given honor from defensive coordinator Don Brown:
Now, granted, the record books don’t have much to say about the “BC Defense Dude of the Week,” but a review of Brown’s Twitter account didn’t reveal another DOTW, though Manuel Asprilla did get a shoutout in camp as “Eagles Defense Dude of the day” on Aug. 14.
Asked about the DOTW “honor” on Tuesday after the team finished practice in Alumni Stadium, Edebali laughed. He found out about it the same way anyone else did, via his coach’s Twitter account.
“Yeah,” he said with a laugh. “I saw it, too. All my friends hit me up and said, ‘Hey, what’s the dude of the week?’
“I was like, ‘I don’t even know, but I think it talks about me, so it’s gotta be a good thing when he calls me a dude.’ ”
Calling someone a dude is the highest honor the 57-year-old Brown bestows. The Eagles’ staff has popularized the “#BeADude” hashtag on Twitter, using it as part of their recruiting push on social media.
As for what earned him the plaudit from Brown, Edebali said he was just doing his job.
“Coach just tries to put everyone in a position where they can make plays,” he said. “I was just in a position to make a play, I was in the right scheme at the right time and I just executed what was expected of me. The entire defense just has to do that when their number is called.”
The next chance for the Eagles’ D to be dudes come in just three days, as Wake Forest visits Chestnut Hill for the teams’ Atlantic Coast Conference opener on Friday night (8 ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN).
Little depth-chart juggling
There were only two notable changes on BC’s depth chart from Week 1 to Week 2, with junior Brian Mihalik listed as a starter at defensive end for Wake Forest after being listed as the backup to senior Kaleb Ramsey for Villanova and defensive back Al Louis-Jean replacing James McCaffrey as the second backup at left corner after being suspended for the first game.
Jaryd Rudolph, listed as a backup to left defensive tackle Mehdi Abdesmad in both Week 1 and Week 2, is also listed as a possible backup at that defensive end spot with Mihalik and Ramsey.
The 6-foot-9, 283-pound Mihalik got credit for two assisted tackles in the game against Villanova, while the 6-foot-3, 285-pound Ramsey got credit for one assisted tackle.
Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.