Kiwanuka looking forward to ACC's big stage

Updated: January 9, 2005, 6:01 PM ET
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Boston College: Defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka said Friday that he will stay at the school for his final year of eligibility as the Eagles move into the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.

Kiwanuka, the Big East defensive player of the year, spent a few days discussing his options with his family and Don Horton, the assistant coach who originally recruited him, before coming to a decision.

"I felt like there's still some areas of my game that I could improve on and be 100 percent when I make the leap," Kiwanuka said in a conference call. "I was still hearing conflicting views. I was still hearing that I could still be drafted in the first round. It was just my college career and just not being satisfied with what I've done so far."

Kiwanuka, who led BC with 11 sacks and 24 tackles for losses this past season, said a big part of his decision was the chance to play in the ACC next year.

"I've enjoyed my time at Boston College," Kiwanuka said. "A part of it is college life, playing college football and now we get to go to the ACC, which I think, in my opinion, is the best conference in the country. Being in that spotlight before I take it to the NFL is important."

UCLA: Junior quarterback Drew Olson underwent knee surgery Friday, and doctors hope he will be ready for the beginning of camp in August.

Olson damaged the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his left knee when he was sacked in the first half of the Bruins' 24-21 loss to Wyoming in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 23.

The recovery period usually is around eight months.

Olson passed for 2,565 yards and 20 touchdowns this season for the Bruins.

BYU: Former Brigham Young quarterback Brandon Doman returned to the Cougars, joining new coach Bronco Mendenhall's staff as quarterbacks coach.

"This is an awesome place, and I couldn't be more excited about this opportunity," Doman said.

Doman was the starter in 2001 when the Cougars went 12-2 and won the Mountain West Conference title. He was selected by San Francisco in the fifth round of the 2002 NFL draft and has spent a majority of the past three seasons with the 49ers.

"I have a lot of admiration and respect for Brandon," Mendenhall said. "He is a fierce competitor, a natural leader and is very bright and energetic."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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