After three victories, two 400-plus-yard passing games, and two Atlantic Coast Conference player of the week awards, quarterback Matt Ryan has become somewhat of a national media darling.
Sports Illustrated has arrived on campus to do a profile. ESPN sent the "College GameDay" film crew to gather footage. And Ryan will do a live chat this afternoon on ESPN.com.
Yesterday, in addition to his weekly interview session with the local media, Ryan was a guest on Jim Rome's national radio show. And The Heights, Boston College's student newspaper, already has dubbed Ryan "Matty Heisman."
Ryan has tried to keep the focus on the team, as the Eagles notched double-digit wins in their first three games, and host Army Saturday at Alumni Stadium.
"To me, Matt was always a Heisman guy," said left tackle Gosder Cherilus. "But I think he is as good a quarterback as any of those other guys. At BC, we've been under the radar. But after Saturday's game" - a 24-10 win over Georgia Tech in which Ryan completed 30 of 44 passes for a career-high 435 yards - "he's not going to be under the radar anymore."
"It's nice to be mentioned with all those great players, it's flattering," said Ryan. "But I can't think too much of that. I have to focus on the task at hand."
Coach Jeff Jagodzinski says one thing is clear about his quarterback. "All he wants to do is win," said Jagodzinski.
Not well enoughNeither tackle Brady Smith (ankle) nor free safety Wes Davis (concussion) practiced yesterday, as the injuries mount for coordinator Frank Spaziani's defense . . . With Army coming to town, BC players were asked about fan decorum in light of Rutgers fans booing visiting Navy players after a recent game. "I would hope that they have the respect for Army and everything West Point stands for," said Ryan. "I don't think [booing] is something that would happen because our fans are classy and know who we are playing against. And I'm not trying to take a shot at Rutgers in any way. I just think BC fans would be respectful this weekend." . . . Army is ranked seventh in the nation in pass defense (116 yards allowed per game). . . BC has a 13-game home winning streak . . . Johnny Ayers, who is averaging 42.3 yards per kick, has been added to the watch list for the Ray Guy Award, given annually to the nation's top punter.
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