Nose tackles are seldom observed however command a number of consideration.
Boston College nostril deal with Cam Horsley understands the significance of the place within the Eagles’ entrance seven though his work can go largely unrecognized. Horsley’s reward for doing this thankless process are the statistical windfalls loved by the blokes which have his again.
When linebackers Vinny DePalma and Kam Arnold and robust security John Pupel file double-digit tackles, it’s as a result of Horsley is coping with a center-guard double-teams on the level of assault.
“It is underappreciated but if I’m one on one blocked, I’ll try and get off the block and make a play,” mentioned Horsley. “If I’m double teamed, I’m consuming up an additional blocker to verify our linebackers are free.
“It is definitely an unselfish position, but I try for production and make plays and stuff like that.”
Horsley’s manufacturing is the one factor that has not gone unnoticed. The 6-3, 315-pound, senior from Riverton, N.J., is fifth on the crew with 37 tackles with three tackles for a loss and a sack.
“He gets double-teamed a lot,” mentioned BC head coach Jeff Hafley. “Imagine having 600-plus kilos on you play after play and typically his job is to carry the double crew so the backers are free to the ball.
“It is a very unselfish low glory position and I mean you get beat up in there. Imagine playing in a game for 50 plays and having the guard and center driving you back on every other play. That is why he is the unsung hero. You don’t get to see him do much and he does just as much as any one else on our defense.”
Horsley isn’t solely doing this arduous job nicely, however he’s been doing it for a very long time. Horsley will play in his forty seventh recreation and make his thirty fifth begin when the BC (6-5, 3-4) hosts the Miami Hurricanes (6-5, 2-5) in an ACC partnership matchup on Friday (midday) at Alumni Stadium. Horsley is on the books for 59 solo tackles, 60 assisted tackles with 11.5 TFL’s and three sacks.
“He is so consistent and so reliable and he does such a good job in the middle,” mentioned Hafley. “He just gives you everything that he has and it is really awesome to see.”
BC tailback Kye Robichaux doesn’t want a GPS navigator to seek out his means into opposing secondaries.
“I always learned growing up that you get the most yards going north to south,” mentioned Robichaux. “I’ve tried to implement that into my recreation and if that’s my robust go well with then I’m going to make use of that to the very best of my potential.
“I have tied to hone that and whatever else they need me to do, I’m going to do it.”
Robichaux is a 6-0, 216-pound, junior switch from Western Kentucky that has gravitated from fourth on the depth chart to featured ball service. Robichaux rushed for 118 yards on 24 carries within the Eagles 24-16 loss at Pittsburgh on Thursday evening, his second recreation that crossed the century mark this season. His excessive water mark this season was within the Eagles’ 38-23 win at Georgia Tech, the place he recorded 165 speeding yards and 219 all-purpose yards. The ACC’s blue-ribbon panel named Robichaux the league’s operating again of the week.
Robichaux has the capabilities to be an each down again, however Hafley like to make use of sophomore Alex Broome on third down. The trio of Robichaux, Broome and quarterback Thomas Castellanos mixed with a stout offensive line has made the Eagles the No. 2 speeding offense within the ACC averaging 198.9 yards per recreation.
“Our running game has been better and it really started with the relationship between the running back room and the O-line,” mentioned Robichaux.
The BC defensive backfield has been hit with a collection of setbacks that got here into play in consecutive losses to Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh.
The Eagles confronted the Panthers with out their greatest cowl nook Elijah Jones, who left the crew for private causes, and free security Cole Batson, who was out with an harm.
“We are pretty banged up now,” mentioned Hafley. “Cole Batson missed the game so we played a bunch of guys at free safety and we are bouncing guys at the nickel position.”