The numbers aren’t as gaudy as the ones he put up in 2012, but that doesn’t mean Alex Amidon is any less of a weapon this season.
BC’s leading wideout was named ACC Receiver of the Week on Monday for his performance in the Eagles’ near-upset of No. 3 Clemson on Saturday. The senior had six catches for 121 yards and a score in the 24-14 loss in Death Valley.
And while it wasn’t enough to keep the Eagles on top, Amidon’s score was one of the team’s highlights.
Clemson had just demonstrated the big-play ability the Eagles so feared coming into the game, Tajh Boyd hitting Sammy Watkins for a 49-yard touchdown to give the Tigers a 10-7 lead in the third quarter. It was Clemson’s first lead of the game.
Chase Rettig & Co. didn’t waste any time, getting the lead back on their first offensive snap after the Tigers’ score. Starting at their own 31, the Eagles lined up in a power formation, with Amidon tight to the left side of the line.
The signal-caller faked the handoff to Andre Williams as Amidon streaked downfield, crossing left to right and getting a step on the defense. Rettig hit him in stride, Amidon pulling in the ball just across the Tigers’ 30-yard line and entering a footrace with safety Jayron Kearse to the end zone.
Amidon sped away from Kearse, up the BC sideline past a celebrating Baldwin and into pay dirt for a 69-yard TD.
It was the longest pass play for BC this season, and a career long for Amidon.
The 121-yard outing was Amidon’s third game with 100-plus yards this season, and the 10th of his career. That’s the most in BC history.
With 152 receptions for 2,315 yards in 39 career games, the 6-foot, 182-pounder is fourth in the BC record books in both catches and yards. Rich Gunnell, currently a BC graduate assistant, is first on both those lists with 181 catches and 2,459 yards.
Amidon needs 29 catches and 144 yards to tie Gunnell. Through six weeks, he’s averaging 6.3 catches and 91.2 yards a game -- both top 10 in the ACC (third in catches per game, sixth in yards per game).
If he continues at his current pace, Amidon will easily surpass Gunnell in both catches and yards. And chances are he’ll contribute a few more highlights to the Eagles’ reel in the process.
Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.