August 12, 2011

Focused and Ready

Ifenayi Momah has done pretty much everything in his five years at Boston College. He's come back from an injury, blocked a punt in the Holy War, played a little bit on the defensive line, and given the Boston College Eagles a big target to throw at. Earlier this week, the 6'6" senior added another role to his portfolio as his teammates elected him as one of the captains for the 2011 season. "Last year I felt like I could have done a lot more in terms of leadership and this year I'm excited to get my chance," Momah said.

Though head coach Frank Spaziani claims Momah has dropped 20 pounds since last season, his upper body looks bigger than in the past. Before the start of last season, Momah worked almost exclusively on defense as the coaches saw him fitting in at DE but an injury to Colin Larmond derailed that experiment and Momah once again returned to the offensive side of the ball. This lack of practice evidenced itself at times throughout the season as an athletic play by the big fella' would come shortly before a couple drops.

This spring and winter, Momah committed himself to his technique. "I wanted to get better in every facet of the game," he said. "I wanted to be faster, quicker out of my breaks, and really work on my footwork." After all his hard work, the preseason depth chart has Momah listed as one of the starting wide outs.

Though listed as a starter in all 13 games last season, Momah had just 19 receptions, which ranked him third on the team. When asked about the passing game's production this season and new offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers, Momah could hardly contain a smile as he said, "Coach Rogers definitely has us very excited." This excitement will add to the list of motivating factors for this year's wide receiving corps as the group has not missed some of the skeptics doubts which have focused on them. "This year, we've definitely grown as a family but we have to prove ourselves this year. We just have to play focused," Momah said.

By all accounts, including his own, Momah has put everything into becoming a complete player every day in the weight room and on the field. Perhaps the highest praise of the day came from Coach Rogers who said, "Ifeanyi is a big time guy. He's a walking advertisement for Boston College football." The spotlight will shine on the wide receivers this year and for Momah, he and his fellow receivers welcome the challenge.


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