Started all 12 games at middle linebacker ... led the Atlantic Coast Conference and ranked fourth nationally with 145 tackles; averaged a conference-best 12.08 tackles per game ... registered 81 unassisted tackles and 64 assisted tackles ... earned All-ACC first-team honors ... registered at least 10 tackles in eight games ... participated in 1,004 defensive plays; one of three players to see action in more than 1,000 plays, joining linebacker Steele Divitto (1,052) and defensive back Manuel Asprilla (1,008) ... registered a team-high 10 pass breakups ... tallied four tackles for a loss of five yards ... recorded one forced fumble and one blocked kick ...earned ACC Linebacker of the Week honors after he registered a career-high 24 tackles - 14 solo and 10 assisted tackles - in BC's 22-13 loss at Northwestern, marking the second-most tackles in one game in school history and the highest single-game tackle total since Frank Chamberlain matched the school record with a 25-tackle performance against Syracuse in 1999 ... led team's defense with a game-high 20 tackles (17 solo and three assisted), including 2.5 tackles for loss and two pass breakups, in the Eagles' 30-23 overtime loss against Virginia Tech in his final game at Alumni Stadium, marking the only two times that season an ACC defender recorded at least 20 tackles - both accomplishments he set; earned ACC Linebacker of the Week honors.
Played in all 12 games; started each contest at right tackle ... named preseason All-ACC fourth team by Phil Steele ... saw action in 785 plays on the year - second most on the team behind Luke Kuechly (997) ... the Eagles had six games with more than 100 yards rushing; including a 372-yard performance at Maryland (Oct. 29) ... blocked for Rolandan Finch against the Terrapins (Oct. 29); Finch's 243 rushing yards were the third greatest single-game total in program history and most in the ACC since 2009 ... BC did not give up a sack and scored a season-high four rushing touchdowns versus Maryland ... helped Montel Harris eclipse BC's rushing record with a 108-yard performance against Wake Forest (Oct. 1); Harris' career rushing total was 3,734 yards ... the Eagles threw for more than 200 yards in two games; 351 passing yards against Northwestern (Sept. 3) and 247 passing yards versus Duke (Sept. 17).
Played in 12 games ... blocked for All-ACC back Montel Harris, who led the conference in rushing and ranked 16th nationally ... came in after starter Rich Lapham was hurt and established himself as a starter at right tackle for the last five games of the season ... the line allowed Eagles' running backs to gain 100 or more yards in nine different games ... orientation leader for the Boston College First-Year Experience program.
Played in all 12 games ... BC ranked 39th in the country in fewest sacks allowed per game (1.54) ... blocked for RB Montel Harris who had the fourth-most carries in the country (308) and the 10th-most rushing yards (1,457) ... the line helped Harris record eight 100-yard games ... recipient of the Gridiron Club Football Scholarship.
Earned All-State honorable mention honors as a senior offensive tackle at St. Viator; also played defensive end for the Lions ... was a two-time All-East Suburban Catholic Conference selection ... gained ESCC Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year honors in 2007 ... captured 2007 Daily Herald Northwest Suburban All-Area accolades ... played for head coach Chris Kirkpatrick, serving as 2007 team captain.
Emmett Joseph Cleary, born April 27, 1990 in Tokyo, Japan ... enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences ... an exceptional student ... earned 2011 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Team honors ... has served as an orientation leader for the Boston College First-Year Experience program ... was an Illinois State Scholar and a National Merit Finalist; also selected to the 2007 All-State Academic Team ... Emmett is the oldest of Julie and William Cleary's five children; has three brothers and one sister.
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