2013 Top 25 player countdown: No. 14

No. 14 Alex Amidon, WR, Boston College

Previous ranking: No. 21

Making the case for Amidon: Talk about a breakout year in 2012. Amidon went into last season with 36 career receptions for 558 yards and three total touchdowns. He more than doubled those marks in one single season, setting school records for receptions with 78 and receiving yards with 1,210 for seven touchdowns and a spot on the All-ACC first team. Amidon was essentially the only reliable target for Chase Rettig. Teams knew that, and yet they still could not slow Amidon, who finished second in the ACC in total receiving yards and ranked 11th in the nation in receiving yards per game (100.8). He goes into the season on the preseason watch list for the Biletnikoff Award and once again as the go-to player for Rettig. But Amidon has developed into much more of a leader, and that could make him even more valuable to the Eagles this season.

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