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BC's Mark Herzlich off to strong start

Boston College senior linebacker making strides in return to Eagles

Updated: September 9, 2010, 1:22 AM ET
By Jack McCluskey | Special to ESPNBoston.com

NEWTON, Mass. -- Through it all, it's where he hoped he would be again.

Leading the Boston College players out of the tunnel and onto the field; firing up the Superfan student section; starting at his familiar strongside linebacker position.

Mark Herzlich did those things for the Eagles for the first time in 612 days on Saturday. And though the performance wasn't exactly vintage, it certainly wasn't bad, either, considering the circumstances.

Playing 31 snaps, Herzlich ...

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