Ea­gles call on Sch­wab

LB steps up for de­fense

Boston Herald - - BASEBALL SCOREBOARD - By RICH THOMP­SON — rthomp­son@boston­her­ald.com

Bos­ton Col­lege weak­side line­backer Ty Sch­wab is a heavy hit­ter who takes a think­ing man’s ap­proach to his po­si­tion.

Sch­wab will be call­ing the plays and align­ing the de­fense when the Ea­gles (1-3) host Cen­tral Michi­gan (2-2) in a non­league game today at Alumni Sta­dium.

“I am very pas­sion­ate about it and I want to coach some­day, so I en­joy learn­ing all as­pects of the de­fense,” said Sch­wab. “I want to know what the (de­fen­sive) line is do­ing, what the se­condary is do­ing what my Sam line­backer is do­ing and what the mid­dle line­backer is do­ing.

“I like the whole con­cept of know­ing ev­ery­thing that is go­ing on around me and it helps me play bet­ter. Hav­ing the coaches trust me to make the right calls at the right times and the checks and the de­ci­sion-mak­ing is a role that I wear on my sleeve.”

Sch­wab, a 6-foot, 240-pound se­nior from Mer­ritt Is­land, Fla., as­sumed com­mand of the hud­dle when se­nior line­backer Con­nor Stra­chan went down with a knee in­jury prior to the Ea­gles’ clash with Notre Dame on Sept. 16.

Sch­wab got rolling with six tack­les in his 14th con­sec­u­tive start in the sea­son opener against North­ern Illi­nois on Sept. 1. Sch­wab had eight tack­les against Wake For­est and then tied a ca­reer high with 10 against Notre Dame in con­sec­u­tive starts. Sch­wab had a ca­reer day with 11 tack­les and 1.5 sacks in BC’s 34-7 loss to sec­on­dranked Clem­son last week.

“Ty is play­ing very well and he’s got a lot on his plate right now,” said BC coach Steve Ad­dazio. “He is try­ing to run that whole thing in there and I think he’s done a re­ally good job be­ing a leader and try­ing to make all the calls and try­ing to get ev­ery­body lined up right.

“It’s not easy be­cause there are guys in there that have not played, so he has to make sure ev­ery­body is where they are sup­posed to be based on all the dif­fer­ent for­ma­tions and sets and ev­ery­thing else.”

Sch­wab’s role on the field has grown big­ger be­cause the BC line­backer unit has been hit hard by in­juries. Stra­chan is out in­def­i­nitely while line­backer Max Richard­son suf­fered a sea­son-end­ing leg in­jury.

Richard­son was re­placed by John Lamot, a 6-foot, 235-pound red­shirt fresh­man from Gra­ham, N.C. Lamot held up un­der Clem­son’s fourthquar­ter on­slaught and fin­ished with seven as­sisted tack­les in his first ac­tion at mid­dle line­backer. Lamot will start against Cen­tral Michi­gan while strong­side line­backer Kevin Blet­zer will make his third ca­reer start in Stra­chan’s place.

“John and Max both do a great job,” said Sch­wab. “Over the sum­mer, Max was re­cov­er­ing from a foot in­jury that he had in the spring and John was tak­ing all the reps and he did a phe­nom­e­nal job.

“We all knew John was a good player and he would step up when the time came. He came in and he knew the checks and he knew what he had to do be­cause he pre­pared like he was go­ing to start.”

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IN THE MID­DLE OF IT: Ty Sch­wab will di­rect the de­fense as Bos­ton Col­lege tries to snap a three-game skid today vs. Cen­tral Michi­gan.

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