Amidon on Biletnikoff Award watch list

Being a receiver at a school known for producing offensive linemen means that in order to truly stand out, something spectacular has to happen.

Alex Amidon regularly made the spectacular happen in 2012, setting school records for receptions (78) and yards (1,210), and ranking among the nation's best in receptions and yards per game.

But the humble Greenfield, Mass., native still flies somewhat under the radar entering the 2013 season. Though he was an All-ACC first-team performer as a junior during BC's 2-10 season, he won't represent the team at the ACC's Football Kickoff event next week (QB Chase Rettig and LB Steele Divitto have that honor) and until Tuesday he hadn't garnered much notice in the build-up to Steve Addazio's first season as head coach in Chestnut Hill.

That changed, at least a little, Tuesday when the Tallahassee Quarterback Club announced the initial watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top receiver each season.

Amidon's name is on it.

This marks two years in a row Amidon will be on the list, as he was added to the watch list in September last season. USC's Marqise Lee (118 receptions, 1,741 yards and 14 TDs) won the award in 2012, and is on the list again for 2013.

Amidon is one of 10 ACC wideouts on the initial list, which will be winnowed to 10 finalists by Nov. 18.

A 6-foot, 186-pounder, Amidon had just 36 catches for 558 yards and three TDs in his career prior to 2012. He more than doubled each of those totals in 2012, finishing with 78 catches for 1,210 yards and seven touchdowns.

BC's season begins Saturday, Aug. 31, against Villanova. And while Addazio and new offensive coordinator Ryan Day have said they want to establish a power running game, chances are that Amidon will find a way to make himself known once again this fall.