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Ryan Purvis (TE)
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 254
Conference: ACC
Hometown: Reinholds, PA
High School: Lancaster Catholic
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Overview

Many professional scouts feel the success of Boston College and quarterback Matt Ryan had in 2007 was largely due to the performance of the Eagles' tight end. Purvis proved time and again to be the table setter for the team, as he not only produced four scoring receptions as a junior, but also set up 10 other touchdown drives and three series that ended with field goals thanks to his clutch catches.


But, with Ryan's departure to the National Football League, Purvis struggled to produce in 2008. As a junior, Purvis set up the offense for success, as 16 of his 29 catches in 2007 led to Boston College touchdowns, with another timely grab setting up the team's game-winning field goal in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. In 2008, he failed to find the end zone and just three of his 24 grabs led to BC scores.


In his first three seasons, 57 of his 89 catches produced first downs, as he converted 19 third-down throws and one more on fourth down. Forty-three of his grabs gained at least 10 yards, with 12 totaling 20 or more yards each. He also showed good blocking skills, delivering 14 touchdown-resulting blocks. As a senior, 11 of his 24 grabs resulted in first downs, as five of those catches were for 10 yards or longer and he managed two touchdown-resulting blocks.


At Lancaster Catholic High School, Purvis was an All-State tight end, adding All-Northeast honors from Super Prep during his senior season. His versatility was recognized, as he garnered All-Lancaster Lebanon League first-team honors as a tight end and defensive end, adding second-team accolades as a punter. He also handled place-kicking duties.


In 2003, Purvis had 39 receptions for 755 yards and four touchdowns, as he also averaged 38.8 yards on 41 punts. He accounted for seven touchdowns while also throwing a pair of scoring strikes and returning one fumble for a touchdown. He was selected to play in the fourth annual PSFCA East-West Football Classic after his final campaign. He also lettered in basketball, leading his team to the state title in 2003. He finished his hoops career with more than 1000 points and 700 rebounds.


Purvis joined Boston College in 2004, spending the season performing on the scout team. He appeared as a reserve tight end in 2005, playing in a total of 10 games, including six with the offensive unit. He finished that campaign with just six catches for 12 yards (2.0 avg), but two grabs led to BC touchdowns.


As a sophomore, Purvis started two regular-season games and opened the Meineke Bowl with the first unit. He shared duties with Ryan Thompson, ranking fifth on the team with 29 catches for 381 yards (13.1 avg) and two touchdowns. He registered 25 first downs, converting 10 third-down plays in the process.


Purvis beat out Thompson for the starting tight end job in 2007. He earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team honors, placing fourth on the squad with 54 receptions for 553 yards (10.2 avg) and four touchdowns. His 54 grabs are the third-highest season total by a Boston College tight end. Thirty-two of his catches resulted in first downs, as he converted nine third-down tosses and one more on fourth down.


Purvis entered the 2008 campaign as a preseason All-American and All-ACC choice. He was listed on the John Mackey Award Watch list, an honor given to the nation's top tight end. He was also a member of the Lombardi Award Watch List, which is given to college football's Lineman of the Year.


At the 2008 ACC Kickoff Convention, Purvis was asked on how well the offense would perform and responded by saying, "It depends on how well we run the ball. Matt (Ryan) would lead us downfield with his arm. We have a better grasp of the system in the second year (under head coach Jeff Jagodzinski). Josh (Haden) is as experienced a freshman running back as you can be since joining us in the spring."


With quarterback Chris Crane taking over, Purvis said, "We have been roommates the past two years so we have a personal connection. We are also from the same area. We both played basketball and football for our high schools and we played against each other. We have always had a relationship which makes things easier."


A season that began with great promise soon turned into a season to forget for Purvis. He caught just 24 passes for 176 yards (7.3 avg) and failed to find the end zone. In his final four regular-season games, he managed just one reception for 6 yards, as he played despite a nagging leg bruise suffered in the North Carolina State clash.


High School

Attended Lancaster (Pa.) Catholic High School, playing football for head coach Bruce Harbach...All-State tight end, adding All-Northeast honors from Super Prep during his senior season...Versatile athlete who garnered All-Lancaster Lebanon League first-team honors as a tight end and defensive end, adding second-team accolades as a punter... Also handled place-kicking duties...In 2003, Purvis had 39 receptions for 755 yards and four touchdowns, as he also averaged 38.8 yards on 41 punts...Accounted for seven touchdowns while also throwing a pair of scoring strikes and returning one fumble for a touchdown...Selected to play in the fourth annual PSFCA East-West Football Classic after his final campaign...Also lettered in basketball, leading his team to the state title in 2003, as he finished his hoops career with more than 1000 points and 700 rebounds.


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Analysis

Positives: Classic size for the position. Good lateral quickness to escape the jam and accelerates smoothly. Improved as a blocker in 2008. Surprisingly quick to the second level as a run blocker and gives good effort. Flashes lateral quickness as a run blocker and to get off the jam. Secure receiver. Looks the ball into his hands and quickly secures it. Quick to look upfield to generate positive yardage. Fights for extra yardage. Knows where the holes in zone coverage are and has the size and reliable receiving skills to settle there and be a security blanket.


Negatives: Production dropped dramatically without QB Matt Ryan in 2008. Only marginal initial burst off the snap as a receiving outlet. Flashes lateral quickness to gain separation, but has to rely on sharp route-running due to a lack of explosiveness. Marginal straight-line speed to challenge the seam. Lacks pop and the strength to sustain as an in-line blocker. Lacks athletic upside and might be a finished product.


Compares To: JEFF KING, Carolina -- Like King, Purvis has some redeeming qualities as a short-area pass catcher, but is just an adequate blocker with a lack of quickness to challenge the defense on deep patterns. He shows good toughness working for the ball in a crowd, but lacks the burst to separate after the catch. He brings some added value for the special team coverage units, but based on his dismal performance in 2008, he might be a case for having a great quarterback (Matt Ryan) making him look better than he actually was.


Injury Report

2008: Suffered a slight left knee sprain and left leg bruise vs. North Carolina State (10/04).


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