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January 9, 2009CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior LB and ACC Defensive Player of the Year Mark Herzlich has decided to return to Boston College for his senior season. The Wayne, PA native anchored one of the best defenses in the country and led the Eagles in six defensive categories.
"I think coming back is the best decision for me at this time," Herzlich said. "Not only do I want to complete my education, but I want to complete my college experience. I look forward to developing more as a complete linebacker next season and getting back on the field with our guys to try and win a championship."
Herzlich earned numerous plaudits throughout the season. In addition to being named ACC Defensive Player of the Year, he was a finalist for the Butkus Award, given annually to the nation's top linebacker. Herzlich was an All-ACC first-team honoree, a three-time conference player of the week, and a quarterfinalist for the Lott Trophy.
The junior led BC with 81 solo tackles and 110 total stops. He also paced the defense with six interceptions, eight pass break-ups, two forced fumbles, and a pair of fumble recoveries.
Herzlich was one of only two linebackers in the country to pick off six passes. That number was also the eighth-highest total in the nation (seven were tied with seven). He was one of four linebackers in the country with two interception returns for touchdowns. Nobody in FBS returned an interception for a score three times this season.