Kiwi Coming Back
Big East Defensive Player of the Year decides to return for senior year
Jan. 7, 2005
Boston College defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka announced Friday that he has decided to return to Boston College for his senior season of football. Kiwanuka had been considering entering the upcoming NFL draft.
"I have made my final decision, I will be staying at Boston College for my last year of eligibility," Kiwanuka says. "After talking to a lot of people, I decided the best thing for my family and for me was to come back for my senior year. I went back and forth through the whole process, but when I finally got home and had time to consider what was important to me and the people around me, I made my final decision."
Kiwanuka, the 2004 Big East Defensive Player of the Year, said having the opportunity to play in the ACC and to finish the classwork necessary to obtain his Boston College degree played key roles in his decision.
"It's a great day for Boston College football," Coach Tom O'Brien says. "Throughout this process, my job was to provide as much information as I could for him so that he could make an informed decision. I give him a lot of credit. He listened to a lot of sources and got a lot of information and processed it and made the decision that was best for him. We were going to support him either way he decided to go. But we're very happy he's staying."
Kiwanuka, the first junior to be voted tri-captain during O'Brien's career, finished the 2004 season with 67 total tackles (36 solos), 24.5 TFLs for 117 yards, 11.5 sacks for 82 yards and two interceptions. He was a unanimous choice for the All-Big East first team.