Tag:Chick-Fil-A College Kickoff
Posted on: September 2, 2011 1:02 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2011 1:28 pm
 

Boise St. holds out three for eligibility concern

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Good though they may be, Boise State still has a tremendous challenge on its hands facing Georgia in the Chick-Fil-A College Kickoff game Saturday night. And after electing to hold out three key players due to eligibility concerns, that challenge has only become more daunting.

The Broncos announced in a brief statement Friday that senior safety Cedric Febis, sophomore defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-a-Tjoe and sophomore wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn had not accompanied the team to Atlanta.

"The three are being held out of the game due to a review of their NCAA eligibility," the statement read. "The review is not academic or violation of team rules."

The three players all have a few noteworthy things in common. The first is that all three are originally from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where they each played for local football club teams before coming to the U.S. All three played for prep high schools in Boise before joining the Broncos.

The second is that all three are expected to be major contributors for the Broncos this season. A fifth-year senior, Febis was in line to earn a starting safety position following the graduation of Jeron Johnson. He is likely to be replaced by redshirt freshman Jeremy Ioane.

Though not in the projected first string for Saturday's game, both Boldewijn (formerly known as Geraldo Hiwat) and Tjong-a-Tjoe were expected to see plenty of snaps as the Broncos look for receiving playmakers (in Boldewijn's case) and spell star tackles Billy Winn and Chase Baker (in Tjong-a-Tjoe's). Tjong-a-Tjoe finished in the team's top eight in both sacks and tackles-for-loss in 2010.

The losses may not be as fatal as losing players like Kellen Moore or potential All-American safety George Iloka. But the Broncos by nearly all accounts were already facing deficits in the areas of depth and athleticism going up against an SEC team like Georgia, and the loss of three quality players and athletes won't make those deficits any easier to cope with.

Posted on: June 29, 2011 5:34 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 11:34 am
 

Report: Virginia Tech, Alabama to open '13 season

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The annual Chick-Fil-A College Kickoff has its pairing for 2013, the Hampton Roads Daily Press has reported. 

According to columnist David Teel, Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver has confirmed an agreement that pits his Hokies against the Alabama Crimson Tide in a rematch of the 2009 Kickoff game between the two sides, won 34-24 by the eventual national champion Tide.

Though the game's organizers have yet to make the announcement official, Weaver told the Virginian-Pilot last week that he didn't foresee any "sticking points."

While the Tide's participation has been expected for some time, the Hokies had previously been scheduled to play East Carolina in the two teams' 2013 opener. But with Weaver confirming that the Hokies and Pirates have reached an agreement to move their scheduled home-and-home to 2016 and 2017 instead of 2012 and 2013, Tech was free to return to Atlanta for the Alabama rematch.

The meeting promises to continue the Chick-Fil-A game's recent run of salty season-opening matchups, which include not only the Tide's 2008 thumping of Clemson that began Tommy Bowden's downward spiral into unemployment and last year's LSU-North Carolina thriller but this year's Georgia-Boise State showdown and next year's Auburn-Clemson and Tennessee-N.C. State doubleheader.

The only problem? We have to wait until 2013 to see it.


 
 
 
 
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