NCF Nation: Ryan Purvis

Posted by's Heather Dinich

This was Vanderbilt's day, Vanderbilt's feel-good story.

Boston College lost to an inspired opponent that won its first bowl game in 53 years.

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  BC quarterback Dominique Davis struggled in 16-14 loss to Vanderbilt in the Music City bowl.

As good as Boston College played on defense -- a stifling effort in the 16-14 defeat -- the Eagles will remember their mistakes instead.

Boston College had two costly 15-yard penalties in the fourth quarter that led to the game-winning field goal, and three turnovers -- two interceptions and a fumble -- while Vanderbilt didn't surrender the ball once or commit one single penalty.

Vanderbilt needed three quarterbacks and a fluke touchdown to win the game. The Commodores got one of their touchdowns on a fumbled punt that bounced off of safety Paul Anderson's leg and into the end zone, where Vandy recovered it.

It was an unfortunate ending that is likely to overshadow an otherwise impressive season, considering what coach Jeff Jagodzinski had to work with. The Eagles' four-game winning streak in November that led to the Atlantic Division title and a spot in the ACC championship game has since faded into the background and has been replaced by back-to-back season ending losses in arguably the most important games of the season.

With the loss to Vanderbilt, Boston College's streak of eight straight bowl wins came to an end, but this is a team most outsiders never gave a chance to even compete for the ACC title. The Eagles were picked to finish fourth in their division because they lost Matt Ryan. They finished 2007 without a running back on the roster, and had to replace several key starters on defense.

Their offensive struggles and ability to win games on defense defined them this season, but weren't enough to finish the job. Rookie quarterback Dominique Davis has struggled since taking over for injured starter Chris Crane, and his last interception sealed the win for Vanderbilt. It didn't help that center Matt Tennant, arguably the Eagles' top offensive lineman, left in the second quarter with an elbow injury.

Offensive coordinator Steve Logan tried to help Davis out by putting all-conference tight end Ryan Purvis in the backfield and throwing checkdown passes to him. Simple routes, simple throws helped. But they got away from the short passing game, and that pressured Davis into uncomfortable throws. He struggled with his accuracy, just as he did in the ACC championship game.

Still, it was only his third career start, and unlike last year, Jagodzinski will head into spring practice with running backs to choose from.

Preseason All-ACC team

August, 26, 2008

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Just so you know, I agonize over these things. You can't pick everyone.

Here's the final version:


QB -- Cullen Harper, Clemson
RB -- Josh Adams, Wake Forest
RB -- James Davis, Clemson
WR -- Aaron Kelly, Clemson
WR -- Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina
TE -- Ryan Purvis, Boston College
T -- Andrew Gardner, Georgia Tech
T -- Eugene Monroe, Virginia
G -- Rodney Hudson, Florida State
G -- Sergio Render, Virginia Tech
C -- Edwin Williams, Maryland


DE -- Everette Brown, Florida State
DE -- Michael Johnson, Georgia Tech
DT -- Ron Brace, Boston College
DT -- Vance Walker, Georgia Tech
LB -- Aaron Curry, Wake Forest
LB -- Clint Sintim, Virginia
LB -- Michael Tauiliili, Duke
CB -- Victor Harris, Virginia Tech
CB -- Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest
S -- Michael Hamlin, Clemson
S -- Chip Vaughn, Wake Forest


PK -- Sam Swank, Wake Forest
P -- Brent Bowden, Virginia Tech (Graham Gano is injured, out 3-5 weeks)
KO RET -- C.J. Spiller, Clemson
PUNT RET -- Preston Parker, Florida State (following his two-game suspension, of course)

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Rise n' shine, it's kickoff time ...

Two players from each school were made available to the media Sunday afternoon here at the Ritz, so reporters all had the same ingredients to make a different cake. Here's what everyone came up with:

Clemson story No. 1. 

Clemson story No. 2.

Cullen Harper, he plays for Clemson, right? No. 3.

Even with all of the talent on the Tigers' roster, at least one player had trouble determining the league's superstar this season. 

These guys are good, but they're not the face of the ACC, either. John Phillips is ready, though, to continue Al Groh's tight end traditions.

Sorry guys, but the Atlantic Division has been better in the past and should be better again.

I literally ran into Sean Glennon on Sunday morning when I  stopped for a water break and he was teeing off. Later in the day, Drew Weatherford had a few questions of his own for me about ACC football and his offensive line. Both of those conversations were probably more pleasant than the questions these guys had to answer yesterday in their respective hot seats. A few papers touched on this. In fact, it might have actually gotten more attention than Clemson.

Back-to-back 7-6 seasons in Tallahassee? No matter. The Seminoles' table was still among the most crowded. Everyone wants to know -- are they back?

Weatherford, though, says he's ready to be the guy.

The one guy Florida State and Miami missed out on in the room yesterday drew just as much attention to his interview table. See?

Both Florida State and Miami are looking to veteran leaders to help reverse their fortunes.

There's also a "new attitude" in Miami. There has to be.

And there might be a new quarterback at NC State. His big brother said so.

North Carolina wide receiver Hakeem Nicks doesn't need much more confidence.

What can Boston College fans expect this season? Not much, until the Eagles prove otherwise. Of course, their expectations were higher than mine.

Watch your knees, Georgia Tech opponents. 

North Carolina players think Butch Davis is the Man. But North Carolina players were young last year, and they'll be young again.

Apparently, reporters aren't thinking too much of Maryland. The Terps' table was pretty empty, except for this guy.

Even Duke drew some interest

As I type, the coaches are golfing. Check back later for more on what the players had to say Sunday, and for what the coaches have to say tonight.