It’s finally game week! In the past, we’ve limited these lists to just the top 25 players, but this season, we’re upping our game to 50. So just about every day until the season starts, there will be a new player profile up here as we count down to the top ACC player for 2013.
Obviously these lists are always completely subjective — and thus “completely bulletproof” — so feel free to weigh in with your own thoughts in the comments, too.
Boston College’s offense struggled overall last season. But in the passing game, the team actually wasn’t terrible — in fact, they averaged nearly 259 yards per game through the air. Now, part of that was due to a flawed, pass-first attack, of course. Though that really takes away from the man behind it all: Alex Amidon. Of BC’s 256 completed passes in 2012, Amidon caught 78 of them. His seven passing touchdowns came close to half of the team’s total of 18, and at 1,210 receiving yards, he made up nearly 40 percent of the team’s total. Since the rushing game may as well have not existed, it’s easy to see that Amidon is the engine that drives the unit’s entire production, which is how he ends up this high on the list.
Going into last season, Amidon was an unknown commodity. Through his first two seasons, he’d only caught 36 passes and there were plenty of doubts about how he’d handle an increased workload. And then in the first game of last year, he exploded for 10 catches and 149 yards against Miami. Yet it was all just a preview for what was to come. Amidon was third in the ACC in catches per game, second in receiving yards per game and sixth in receiving scores. Despite a minimal amount of postseason honors tossed his way, he was among the top pass-catchers in the conference last season and again — the primary reason Boston College even managed to win the two games they did. Now as a senior, he’s due for another surprising season, despite being largely ignored by the press and coaches once again.
Without much of a running game to speak of, it’s expected that the offensive attack will once again run through Amidon this fall, but now that it’s been spelled out for opposing defenses, there’s obviously a higher degree of difficulty. On the bright side, he’s been spending the offseason trying to breed a few more weapons for the Eagles to throw to. In a recent Boston Globe article, Amidon chats about how he’s simply replicating the veterans receivers who were at BC when he arrived as a freshman. The well-studied senior understands the leadership role he plays on this year’s team and how valuable younger players’ success is for his own. And that’s huge for a team that needs a spark on offense. While Amidon may very well be off to the NFL next year, the Eagles will be relying on the players he’s tutored, which despite all of his on-field accomplishments, could end up being his most important legacy in Chestnut Hill.