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Alex Amidon is BC’s Big Catch

By BJ Bennett
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As the season approaches, Amidon will settle into the summer still relatively unknown. Even with more staggering production, his most prominent press may still come in team scouting reports.

Search through various pre-season All-American lists, take a peek at early NFL Draft projections: size, speed and strength, it's all there. In football today, it's sometimes those numbers, tallies measured, not counted, that come with the most acclaim. At 5'11'', 186 pounds, Alex Amidon of Boston College doesn't necessarily fit the prototype. He does, however, seem to get his gloves on everything else.

A senior receiver born in London, England, Amidon is coming off of the most productive season at his position in school history. He caught 78 passes for 1,215 yards and seven touchdowns a year ago and, with Arizona's Austin Hill expected to miss 2013 due to injury, ranks third among all BCS conference returnees in yards per game behind USC's Marquise Lee and Jordan Matthews of Vanderbilt.

Upon dissecting the statistics, Amidon's production is even more impressive. Unlike most, he averaged more receiving yards (109.8) and had a higher per catch average (16.9) against ranked opponents compared to unranked foes. He experienced a similar surge in conference play for the Eagles. Amidon recorded at least a pair of catches in every game last season. In pairings with teams who had at least one defensive back selected in the 2013 NFL Draft, Amidon averaged six catches for 84 yards. For good measure, he had rushes of 24, 14 and 18 yards last season, with one going for a touchdown.

After just 36 receptions his first two years, Amidon, who was not listed as one of the top 200 receivers his senior season by Scout.com, found his comfort zone.

"Being here for three years, I believe I finally have adjusted properly to college football. Some people can come right in and play really well but for others it just takes a little more time," he explained to the school's official athletics website early last year.

The challenge for Boston College is to not let Amidon's production go to waste as he had three times as many 100-yard games a year ago (six) as the Eagles had wins (two). Back is talented quarterback Chase Rettig, who is entering his fourth season as starter. First-year head coach Steve Addazio must find a way to improve play in the trenches. Amidon, Retting, Addazio and company will play Southern Cal, Florida State and Clemson in three of their first half-dozen games.

As the season approaches, Amidon will settle into the summer still relatively unknown. Even with more staggering production this fall, his most prominent press may still come in team scouting reports. Though fans may not know his name, the box score certainly does.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports