For the second straight season Steve Addazio went back to a familiar face to help fill an opening at a position of need on the offensive line. After bringing in Florida transfer Matt Patchan to play left tackle last year and getting good results out of it, Addazio decided to bring in former Gator Ian Silberman to play on the right side this year.
Silberman's background is a little similar to Patchan's. Like Patchan, Silberman was highly regarded coming out of a high school ranked as the 8th best tackle in the country and a four-star recruit. Also like Patchan, injuries setback Silberman at Florida and caused him to miss multiple games over the last few seasons. Like Patchan too, Silberman says that his relationship with Addazio is the reason he came to BC for his last year of eligibility.
"I just wanted to see some familiar faces. I wanted to play for some coaches that I know and know what kind of player I am and the toughness I bring to a team. He recruited me when I was really young. I committed to coach Addazio when I was a sophomore in high school. He knows my family and I well and that's a huge reason I'm here. This team has a ton of potential and I'm happy I'm here," said Silberman.
The right tackle is very polite when telling reporters that he doesn't really want to recap any of his time at Florida and has been focused on BC since he arrived in January. Silberman does say though that his health is as good as it has ever been and he feels like he is "19 years old again."
One player that knows Silberman well after spending a few years with him in "The Swamp" is BC quarterback Tyler Murphy. The new BC quarterback says that Silberman brings a lot of qualities that are important to helping the BC offense operate smoothly.
"He is a very athletic offensive lineman and can move well. With some of the things we want to do on the outside he can get outside and help setup the running backs. He's very tough and does a good job of sticking his nose into things. He fits in well to this offensive line," said Murphy.
Speaking of Murphy, Silberman probably knows the new BC quarterback as well as anyone out there. Silberman says that one of Murphy's greatest strengths is being a leader of the team.
"Tyler puts in a lot of extra time. He isn't afraid to take time out of his day and watch film or go over plays with people and work extra with his teammates. A lot of times I'll go down to put some extra work in and Tyler is always there. He does a lot of extra just even with me. I'm roommates with him so I see firsthand what he does," said Silberman.
The BC staff hopes that Murphy and Silberman are the two latest Gators to rejuvenate their careers at the Heights.