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Boston College WR Alex Amidon to attempt career as Navy SEAL 02.28.14 at 11:36 am ET
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After he graduates in May, Boston College wide receiver Alex Amidon will pursue a career as an United States Navy SEAL instead of attempting to become a professional football player.

The Eagles made the announcement Thursday evening during BC’€™s 2014 recruiting dinner.

The 2012 All-Atlantic Coast Conference wide receiver holds BC’€™s single-season record for receptions with 78 and receiving yards with 1,210. He accomplished both of those feats as a junior. During his senior year, he was named to the All-ACC third team by both media and coaches.

Over the course of his four-year career as an Eagle, Amidon had 191 receptions for 2,800 yards and 15 touchdowns in 46 games.

CBSSports.com lists Amidon as the No. 54 receiver in the 2014 draft.

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BC’s Alex Amidon named ACC Receiver of the Week 10.14.13 at 12:20 pm ET
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Boston College senior Alex Amidon was named ACC Receiver of the Week after catching six passes for 121 yards with a 69-yard touchdown in the Eagles’ 24-14 loss at Clemson on Saturday.

Amidon recorded his third 100-plus-yard receiving game of the season and the 10th of his career, a school record. A product of the Western Massachusetts town of Greenfield, Amidon also had two rushes for 12 yards, finishing with a game-high 133 all-purpose yards and helping the Eagles throw a scare into the third-ranked Tigers.

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Steve Addazio: ‘Our first goal was to win the opener’ 08.31.13 at 5:34 pm ET
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Steve Addazio savors win No. 1 against Villanova. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Steve Addazio savors win No. 1 against Villanova. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

CHESTNUT HILL — Steve Addazio knows his Eagles got away with one.

They were down at halftime, 14-7, to Villanova. They were out-gained, out-smarted and out-played.

But it could’ve been worse.

The Eagles recouped at halftime and outscored the Wildcats 17-0 in the final 30 minutes to come away with a 24-14 win in Addazio’s debut on The Heights. Alex Amidon had a long 49-yard touchdown reception on the opening drive of the second half that tied the game and could’ve had another, but his 22-yard TD was called back for a block below the waist. Amidon finished with a career-best 13 catches and 146 yards. Andre Williams gained 114 yards on the ground and fullback Bobby Wolford broke out with six catches for 84 yards, one touchdown and a key grab that set up the go-ahead score.

“We went to more play-action in the second half,” Addazio said. “Understand that our game plan on offense was that we wanted to try to pound them down a little bit because we kind of outmatched them up front a little bit. So, sometimes you have to be a little patient with that. It was time in the second half, we really started to try to take some strikes at it, which we did. Obviously, it was a shame that we didn’t convert that screen pass for a touchdown to Alex Amidon.

“Overall, I am very proud of the kids, the way they fought. They faced adversity. They had to overcome adversity. First games, sometimes, are very often like that. Right now, this is what I know: Fifty percent of BCS teams in the country have a win and 50 percent have a loss. We have a win. We have a lot of work to do. We know that. You’ve got to start. Our first goal was to win the opener.”

They allowed a fake punt for touchdown. They allowed John Robertson and Jamal Abdur-Rahman to run the read-option all over Alumni Stadium. But in the second half they adjusted.

“I am real proud of the way the team went in at halftime,” Addazio said. “We had to make some adjustments at halftime on both sides of the ball. We had to shore some things up. We had, far and away, too many missed assignments on defense in the first half of the game, guys not in the right place.”

While the Wildcats weren’t leaving any tricks in their bag, Addazio felt his punt returners did just the opposite, playing it way too safe with plenty of potential yards in front of them.

“I think we have to get our returners [going],” Addazio said. “We have to really challenge them to be more aggressive, not careless but more aggressive. We left entirely too many yards on the table, entirely too many yards. For a team like us, that won’t work up too good.”

Next up is Wake Forest this Friday night at Alumni Stadium on a short week for the ACC opener.

“All in all, Game 1, we’ve got a lot of work to do but some of the important things that you’d like to see in terms of character of your team you saw,” Addazio said. “The toughness of your team, you saw. Finding a way to win, you saw. Sloppy, yes. Things to be cleaned up, yes. We’ll move on from here.”

The only injury was to tailback Andre Williams, who had to leave in the second half due to a tight hamstring. He had the go-ahead 26-yard TD run off right tackle in the third quarter.

“I don’t have an all-the-way update,” Addazio said. “Andre got just a little bit of a hamstring strain. Is it dehydration? I don’t know that yet. We wanted to be real careful there. We didn’t want to make that situation worse.”

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Boston College wears down tricky Villanova to win season opener at 3:01 pm ET
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Bobby Wolford takes a handoff from Chase Rettig in the second half as Boston College beats Villanova in the season opener. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Bobby Wolford takes a handoff from Chase Rettig in the second half as Boston College beats Villanova in the season opener. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

CHESTNUT HILL — Alex Amidon caught a career-high 13 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown while Chase Rettig completed 23-of-30 passes for 285 yards as Boston College overcame a first-half scare to beat Villanova, 24-14, Saturday at Alumni Stadium. The game marked a victorious debut for new Eagles head coach Steve Addazio.

Andre Williams ran for 114 yards and the go-ahead touchdown on 23 carries before leaving in the second half with a hamstring injury.

The highlight of the first half was a perfectly executed fake punt in which up-man Jamal Abdur-Rahman took the snap, put the ball between his legs as the rest of the line and punter Mark Hamilton ran to the right. Abdur-Rahman, after a delay, took off to the left and raced 47 yards for a touchdown that stunned Boston College and put Villanova up, 7-0.

But the Eagles responded, thanks in a large part to a fourth down conversion of their own. Facing 4th-and-1 at the Villanova 49, Andre Williams ran four yards for a first down. BC capped the drive when Rettig hit wide open fullback Bobby Wolford in the right flat for a one-yard TD.

Villanova responded again with a six-play, 75-yard drive. Facing a 3rd-and-14 at the BC 27, John Robertson hit Abdur-Rahman on a back screen that produced another touchdown and put Villanova up, 14-7.

The turning point of the game came midway through the second quarter as Villanova appeared to be on the doorstep of another touchdown. Facing a 4th-and-goal from the BC 1, Villanova decided to pass instead of run and Robertson’s pass was behind a wide-open Joe Price in the back of the end zone and the Eagles took over at the 1.

After Villanova forced a punt, Boston College got another huge break when the Wildcats tried another trick play that backfired. Villanova attempted a halfback option but Gary Underwood‘s pass for Price was badly under thrown and Bryce Jones intercepted.

BC was fortunate to go to the locker room down just 14-7 as the Wildcats owned the first half, out-gaining Boston College, 234-144.

The Eagles came out strong to start the second half, going 85 yards in seven plays on the opening drive, capped by a 49-yard TD strike from Chase Rettig to a wide-open Alex Amidon, tying the game, 14-14.

BC’s defense stiffened significantly, adjusting to the read option offense Villanova runs that looks very similar to the Chip Kelly offense made famous with Oregon and now the Eagles in the NFL.

After forcing Villanova to punt on their first two possessions, Boston College took its first lead on its third possession of the second half. They needed just two plays to march 60 yards. Rettig hit Wolford for 34 yards on a swing pass down to the Villanova 26. Andre Williams took the handoff on the next play and ran 26 yards off the right side untouched for a touchdown with 4:40 left in the third.

BC appeared to take a two-touchdown lead on a 22-yard pass from Rettig to Amidon but an illegal block below the waist wiped it out with just under 11 minutes left in the fourth. BC added to their lead when Nate Freese connected from 39 yards to put the Eagles up 24-14 with 5:18 left in the fourth.

With Villanova driving down the Boston College 21 and threatening to get within three points, Josh Keyes forced a Robertson fumble and Kasim Edbali recovered it with just over three minutes left. Sean Sylvia intercepted Robertson with 1:59 left to seal the win for Addazio in his debut at Boston College.

Boston College opens the ACC portion of their schedule on a short week, playing next Friday night with a home game at Alumni Stadium against Wake Forest.

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Chase Rettig: Eagles need to ‘scratch and claw’ for bowl eligibility 08.09.13 at 12:58 pm ET
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Senior Chase Rettig leads the Boston College Eagles into the 2013 season. (AP)

Senior Chase Rettig leads the Boston College Eagles into the 2013 season. (AP)

CHESTNUT HILL — It’s no secret that if the Boston College Eagles are going to turn around a trend that saw them win just six games in the past two seasons, quarterback Chase Rettig is going to lead the way.

But the senior quarterback, who is going through yet another change in offensive coordinators, knows the process is going to be deliberate. His focus is on Villanova and the opener Aug. 31 at Alumni Stadium. Work on winning that game and then go from there, with the end goal of bowl eligibility.

On media day at BC, he was careful not to put a number on the wins he thinks he and the Eagles can reach this season.

“I don’t know if you can do that,” Rettig said. “Right now, we want to win the opener because last year we didn’t. I think we’ve had better teams than our record has shown the last two years. But momentum is key. We have to win the opener and then scratch and claw, do whatever we can to get into bowl eligibility, and that’s just the mind-set. If it’s more than that, then it’s more than that. That’s what we’re going to try and do. Our work ethic is what’s going to control it, try to be better than our opponents this year.”

New coach Steve Addazio went a step further in taking the heat off his quarterback, at least to start the season.

“Number one, beyond a doubt, if you can’t play defense, you’re not going to win,” Addazio said. “It’s all about great defense. If you don’t play great defense you’re not going to win. It centers around playing great defense. You better be great in special teams, and I’m a big believer that your quarterback has to play real well.”

Addazio was asked about the back-up QB battle between Josh Bordner, Mike Marscovetra and three other QBs on the roster.

“Productivity in camp. You have to be productive. Have to watch Josh move the team,” Addazio said. “You either move the team or you don’t. You either move the team or you don’t. I’m glad if you complete 92 percent in 7-on-7. I really don’t care about 7-on-7. I want to see you move the team when you get hit. I’m going to judge that and evaluate that. Obviously, we hold Chase accountable to the same standards but he’s coming in as the starting quarterback right now so we’re going to protect him a little bit more.

“Some of the other guys, we’ll probably not going to protect as much. We’re going to throw them into the fire a little bit and see how they go, and find out who’s going to take those spots. You find one guy standing up. There’s been plenty of times in history here at Boston College a guy gets in there and does so good he doesn’t give it back to the other guy. It’s all there. It’s all open. Nothing’s forever. Right now, Chase is the starter. Right now, Josh is battling Mike for that second spot. The second spot could always become the first, I guess. Right now, that’s our mindset for sure. We have a clear path, for sure.”

In the fourth game of the 2010 season, Rettig made his debut at BC playing against Notre Dame. In a 31-13 loss to the Irish, he connected on a 58-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Swigert but had to leave the game due to an ankle injury. After missing the following game, Rettig earned the starting quarterback job and led the Eagles to the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, where he completed 14 of 34 passes for 121 yards.

That was the season the Eagles lost five straight, falling to 2-5, only to rally and win the next five and become bowl eligible. The Eagles lost to Nevada 20-13. Rettig threw for 1,238 yards and six touchdowns during the season.

After a 4-8 season in 2011, the Eagles fell to 2-10 in the 2012 season, Rettig started all 12 games and threw for 3,055 yards and 17 touchdowns on the season. His season QB rating was a career high 115.6. He connected with junior wide receiver Alex Amidon 78 times for 1,210 yards. Those are numbers Rettig and the Eagles offense have been building on this spring and summer.

“It’s been good,” Rettig said during media day at The Heights. “We had some in the spring but we didn’t really use it as much as we do now. We’re just trying to get used to it. Some guys are getting more acclimated. Different people have different learning curves so being a senior, being a quarterback, I know more. I’m trying to be an extension of Coach Day and Coach Addazio and get everyone on the same page.

“You don’t want to just go out there and run as many plays as you can for no reason. You want each play to be executed as a team and be worth something. Use tempo and be in control. When I’m in [huddle] right now, I can lead. Approach, demeanor, how you handle yourself in all the situations, I think those three years of experience have rubbed off and now I know how to handle those situations and just trying to be a voice on the team. The best way to do that is to set a standard, you set goals that other guys believe we can get to and then you live by those and expect it every rep off the field, on the field and in certain situations. That’s what I’ve been trying to do.

“You have to work harder than the guy you’re going to be lining up against on Aug. 31. Against the defense in practice, you have to handle yourself the best you can because we’re responsible for our success. It starts with the person, then grouping more people, then the unit, then it’s the team and then it’s the whole program. You just have to be responsible and accountable and that’s what we’re stressing in this program right now.”

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BC LB Nick Clancy named All-ACC first team by coaches 12.05.12 at 11:09 am ET
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Nick Clancy

Boston College linebacker Nick Clancy was named to the All-ACC first team as voted on by the league’s 12 coaches, the ACC announced Wednesday morning. Wide receiver Alex Amidon and offensive tackle Emmett Cleary were named to the second team.

Linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis and punter Gerald Levano earned honorable mention.

Last week, Clancy and Amidon were named first-team All-ACC by the league’s media, while Cleary was named to the second team and Pierre-Louis and Levano received honorable mention.

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd was named Player of the Year by the coaches, beating out North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard and Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Boyd also was named Offensive Player of the year, while Florida State defensive end Bjoern Wener was named Defensive Player of the Year. Miami running back Duke Johnson is the league’s Rookie of the Year. Duke’s David Cutcliffe was tabbed as Coach of the Year.

This is the first year the league has had the coaches select an all-star team.

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BC’s Alex Amidon named ACC Receiver of Week 10.01.12 at 12:39 pm ET
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Boston College junior Alex Amidon was named ACC Receiver of the Week after he caught eight passes for a career-high 193 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday’s 45-31 loss to 17th-ranked Clemson.

The 5-foot-11, 186-pounder from Greenfield recorded the most receiving yards for a BC player since Gerard Phelan had 226 against Miami on Nov. 23, 1984.

Amidon had the second-highest single-game yardage total by an ACC receiver this season. The No. 1 performance also occurred Saturday in Chestnut Hill, as Clemson’s DeAndre Hopkins had 197 yards worth of receptions.

Amidon has more than 100 receiving yards in three of BC’s games this season and is averaging 139.8 per game, ranking him fourth among FBS players.

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Alex Amidon, Justin Simmons shine in BC scrimmage 08.20.12 at 10:52 am ET
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Coach Frank Spaziani's Eagles are preparing for their Sept. 1 season opener against Miami. (AP)

The BC football team took the field for a situational scrimmage Sunday at Alumni Stadium.

The third scrimmage of preseason training camp featured six game-simulated end-of-half/fourth-quarter situations in which the offense and defense squared off with limited time on the clock as well as a limited number of timeouts.

Junior wide receiver Alex Amidon led all receivers with seven receptions for 84 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown reception from junior quarterback Chase Rettig. Rettig completed 18-of-32 passing attempts for 168 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions to lead the first-team offense. Freshman defensive back Justin Simmons highlighted the team’s defensive effort, picking off a pair of second-team quarterback Josh Bordner passing attempts. Bordner completed 6-of-9 attempts for 55 yards.

In all, a total of 12 receivers caught at least one pass, including four tight ends: sophomore Jarrett Darmstatter, sophomore C.J. Parsons, freshman Dan Crimmins and redshirt freshman (and Andover native) Brian Miller.

“Some of the tight ends have stepped up,” coach Frank Spaziani said in a press release. “Those guys have been better. C.J. Parsons has been productive.”

Senior running back Mike Javorski (eight carries) and converted tailback Ted Davenport (10 carries) shouldered the bulk of the afternoon’s rushing attempts. Javorski also registered four receptions for 24 yards on Sunday.

In addition to Simmons, sophomore defensive back Manuel Asprilla intercepted a Rettig pass intended for Amidon at the goal line, and senior linebacker Nick Clancy picked off a Rettig pass that was deflected by Mehdi Abdesmad a few plays later.

“We’ve got a lot of nice young guys on this football team, and if they come through and play well, good things can happen, and Justin is one of them,” Spaziani said. “He’s as advertised.  We did our homework and everything that you do on kids. He’s a good prospect.”

Boston College hosts Miami in its season opener on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 3:30 p.m.
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Montel Harris: New rushing record is ‘second on my list’ of priorities 10.01.11 at 5:52 pm ET
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Montel Harris had to fight his way to a new all-time BC rushing record. (AP)

CHESTNUT HILL — As he sat in the trainer’s room, getting his banged up left knee treated, Montel Harris downplayed his record-setting day at the Heights on Saturday.

With a 26-yard run off the left side in the fourth quarter, Harris passed Derrick Knight for first place in all-time rushing yards at Boston College. No one in an Eagles uniform has ever rushed for more in their time in Chestnut Hill.

“In the moment, breaking the record falls second on my list,” Harris said in a statement after getting treatment on his knee. “We work hard every week to get a win and we came up short this time. I’m sure I’ll look back on the end of the season and view this as a huge accomplishment. Right now, I’m trying to help our team get the season going in the right direction with some wins.”

Harris’ appeared to do just that when his run set up Boston College’s first – and only – touchdown of the day, as Chase Rettig found a wide-open Alex Amidon in the end zone to cut the Wake Forest lead to 24-16.

But BC failed in its next two possessions and came out with its fourth loss in five games to start the 2011 season.

Harris said after the game he did get a chance to meet Knight recently, the man he passed on the way to a new record. Knight had 3,725 yards from 2000-03 while Harris now has 3,735 with seven games still remaining in the regular season.

“I met him for the first time in the training room the other day,” Harris explained. “He asked me if I was ready to break the record. I told him, ‘Yes, I’m ready.’ After we talked a little bit, he said, ‘Hi, I’m Derrick Knight. Nice to meet you.’ That was my first experience meeting him.”

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