Special to Clay Today
BOSTON-Coming off a third-place conference finish at 7-6 in 2013, it’s looking like 2014 could be a transitional year for the Boston University Eagles with only three returning starters on offense, and following a 2013 campaign that yielded the conference’s 14th total defense.
Former Fleming Island High offensive tackle Ian Silberman, with one year of eligibility remaining in his college career, chose to transfer after 20 games in four years at the University of Florida to Boston College for his final campaign. Silberman looks to fill a hole in a Bear offense that loses not only the nation’s leading rusher, but two starting tackles among just three returning starters from the 2013 season.
"Ian had a tremendous spring and solidified our right tackle spot," said Boston head football coach Steve Addazio, who was on the Gators’ coaching staff during their 2007 and 2009 national titles and had recruited Silberman to Florida before taking over at Boston College in 2012 after two years at Temple University. "He has a lot of experience and has been a great transition and will really help our program."
On offense, the Bears lose starting tackles Matt Patchan and Ian White, but return three-year starting center Andy Gallik. Silberman should add some muchneeded experience and versatility to the unit.
Silberman, a 6’-5", 293 lbs with 5.17 40 yard speed, is a former four-star recruit out of Fleming Island who bypassed offers from Clemson, Florida State, Michigan, North Carolina and Tennessee to jump on with the Gators where, over four years, he appeared in 20 games and amassed seven starts.
According to a Boston College football news release, Silberman boasts a tacklelike frame with a chiseled upper-half and from page 29
impressive muscular definition throughout, but plays with the nasty demeanor and blue-collar approach of a true trencher. He appears a bit "tight" and doesn’t demonstrate a lot of fluidity in space when asked to move left or right, but he gets off the line and into the hole quickly when asked to pull or trap, and demonstrates nice surge to the second level.
As a run-blocker, Silberman exhibits impressive raw power on contact to move defenders off the block, and takes pride in a physical, bullying style when engaging opponents. However, he struggles to break down and redirect in space when anticipating incoming defenders, and his lateral limitations make it tough for him to have an impact outside of the phone booth.
His strong, active hands help him to compensate for lateral issues when sliding as a pass-protector, so he could get a shot at tackle with the Eagles, but all indications are, at least when considering his NFL prospects, Silberman is a much more natural fit at guard where he can put his strength, toughness and limited quickness to use in a short area.
Gator now a Bear
Fleming Island High graduate Ian Silberman, shown here with the University of Florida Gators football team at a Gator Bowl contest in Jacksonville, recently transferred to Boston College and will play his final year of college football with former Gator coach Steve Addazio, now head coach at Boston.