German native Edebali still learning
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - In a season full of change for the Boston College defense, Kasim Edebali has been a constant. Though undersized for a defensive end (6 feet 2 inches, 249 pounds) and inexperienced, the sophomore has started every game, and will start again today against Miami in the season finale.
“He’s developing,’’ said coach Frank Spaziani, who had to speed up the developmental process with Edebali because of injuries and defections along the defensive line. “He hustles. He’s a good kid. You can win with him.’’
Ten years ago, Edebali was in Hamburg watching American football with his friends and his mother.
“Growing up in Germany, I didn’t know a lot about football,’’ said Edebali, who did a prep apprenticeship at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire as part of the USA Football International Student Program.
“I was just a chubby little kid and I saw a Super Bowl game between the Ravens and Giants and said, ‘This looks like something I could play.’ ’’
Edebali started playing for the German national program, then became involved with the international program and wound up at Kimball.
BC discovered him when he attended summer camps at the school.
“I loved BC, loved the coaches, loved the players,’’ he said.
Before last week’s 16-14 loss to Notre Dame, Edebali also heard from his “fan club’’ - his former teammates on the German national team - who watched the game on German television
“They had a Kasim Edebali Party,’’ said Edebali with a laugh.
BC running back Rolandan Finch is questionable with a shoulder injury, and guard Ian White is questionable with an ankle injury . . . The defense is starting to hit its stride, as the Eagles have held three of their last four opponents to 17 or fewer points . . . Spaziani hopes that defensive lineman Kaleb Ramsey, wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah, and running back Montel Harris get an extra year of eligibility after their senior seasons were ended prematurely by injuries . . . Recruiting season begins Dec. 1.
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