Boston College: Countdown to Kickoff 2013
Thursday August 22, 2013
Steve Addazio is set for his first year as head coach of the Eagles and his third as a collegiate head coach … But Addazio is no stranger to college football after spending 24 years as an assistant coach and coaching in 12 postseason bowl games – including six BCS bowl games in the past 17 seasons … Senior WR Alex Amidon enters the 2013 season on the Biletnikoff Award after establishing himself as one of the nation's top receivers last fall … Amidon established single-season school records for receptions (78) and receiving yards (1,210) en route to All-ACC honors in 2012 … He finished the season ranked 11th among all FBS receivers – and second in the ACC – for receiving yards per game (100.8) … Senior LB Kevin Pierre-Louis earned spots on the 2013 Preseason All-ACC team and the Nagurski Trophy Watch List following a 2012 season in which he ranked seventh in the ACC in tackles with 85 in nine games.
Numbers & Notes
.820 - Senior PK Nate Freese leads the ACC and ranks 5th nationally among all placekickers in the NCAA’s FBS in active career field goal percentage. Freese has made 50 of his 61 field-goal attempts, an .820 field goal percentage. Freese is tied for 3rd nationally with Virginia Tech’s Cody Journell and Clemson’s Chris Catanzaro among active career leaders for field goals per game (1.4).
6 - Boston College senior WR Alex Amidon, a 2012 first-team All-ACC selection, topped the 100-yard mark six times in rceiving yardage last year in setting a BC single-season records with 1,210 receiving yards and 78 catches. Amidon was 11th nationally in receiving yards per game.
9.0 - Boston College senior LB Kevin Pierre-Louis ranked 7th in the ACC in tackles per game last fall, averaging 9.0 tackles per game. Pierre-Louis’ predecessors at linebacker, All-America Luke Kuechly and All-ACC Nick Clancy finished 1st, 1st and 3rd nationally in tackles per game over the last three seasons
25.3 - Boston College WR Spiffy Evans averaged 25.3 yards on his 11 punt returns last fall, a figure that could have led the nation had he had enough returns to qualify. Evans was named a 3rd-team preseason All-America returner by Phil Steele. BC led the nation as team in punt return average in 2012 (21.69).
2012 In Review
The final of four seasons for head coach Frank Spaziani and Boston College was not a memorable one...Despite an improved offense led by QB Chase Rettig and WR Alex Amidon, the Eagles lost four games by nine or fewer points, including one overtime contest en route to a 2-10 overall record, just 1-7 in the ACC, BC's worst overall mark since 1978...At the end of the year Spaziani, a long-time staffer at BC and widely respected as an assistant for his defensive prowess, was replaced by Temple head coach and former Florida assistant and northeastern native Steve Addazio... Rettig completed 253 of 467 passes for 3,065 yards and 17 TDs and finished 6th in the ACC in passing yards per game....Amidon finished 2nd in the ACC in receiving yards per game (100.8) and tied for 2nd in receptions per game (6.5) with 78 catches for 1,210 yards and 7 TDs...Amidon had 100 or more receiving yards in six games and was named first-team All-ACC (ACSMA)...He was joined on the first team by LB Nick Clancy...T Emmett Cleary was named 2nd-team All-ACC while LB Kevin Pierre-Louis and P Gerald Levano, were each named Honorable Mention...Clancy, who finished 3rd nationally in tackles per game (12.08), and PK Nate Freese were each named Honorable Mention All-America by SI.com.
BC loses a total of just 8 starters among its 15 lettermen, including three each on offense and defense...The Eagles will be without Ts Emmett Cleary and John Wetzel and TE Chris Pantale and WR Johnathan Coleman on offense, while also losing LB Nick Clancy, SS Jim Noel and DT Bryan Murray on defense...Additionally, Boston College loses starting P Gerald Levano (42.0 avg.) and will have virtually a new coaching staff .
BC’s cupboard is not entirely bare, as the Eagles do return 16 starters among their 40 returning lettermen, including 7 on offense and 8 on defense and PK Nate Freese, who ranks 3rd among all returning placekickers nationally in career field goals (61) and 5th in career field goal percentage (.820)...QB Chase Rettig returns for his senior season and will be working with his fourth offensive coordinator, who fortunately will be former BC assistant Ryan Day...The Eagles also return three of their top four RBs in Andre Williams (584 yds), Tahj Kimble and David Dudek, as well as WRs Amidon and Spiffy Evans...Three starters also return to the offensive line in Gs Bobby Vardaro and Ian White and C Andy Gallik with junior Aaron Kramer and sophomores Dan Lemke and Liam Porter competing at the tackle positions...On defense, new coordinator Don Brown will bring an attacking scheme to the Heights which has been effective in pass stops at Maryland and Connecticut...He will have experience at his disposal with both starting DEs returning in Mehdi Abdesmad and Kasim Edebali...DT Kaleb Ramsey also returns after missing all or most of the past two years with injuries... DTs Max Ricci, Connor Wujciak, Jaryd Rudolph and Dominic Appiah and DEs Brian Mihalik and Malachi Moore are all in the running for playing time up front...In all, BC returns 8 of its top 9 tacklers from last year including LBs Kevin Pierre-Louis (85 hits), Steele Divitto (92 tackles) and Sean Duggan (39) and CBs Sean Sylvia (86) and Manny Asprilla (42) and SS Spenser Rositano (56) and FS Justin Simmons (52)...Look for redshirt freshman LB Nick Lifka to compete at MLB and redshirt freshman Tim Joy to battle for playing time at the other linebacker spots, while junior CBs Al Louis-Jean and C.J. Jones, sophomore CB Bryce Jones and junior S Dominique Williams will be in the secondary mix.