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BC's Amidon on Biletnikoff watch list

9/20/2012

NEWTON, Mass. -- He found out by e-mail, that ubiquitous modern convenience.

There’s nothing modern about how he got here, though. Just lots of old-fashioned hard work.

Forced into the spotlight by injuries to other top options, BC’s Alex Amidon has flourished under the glare.

Before he got the start against Miami in the opener, he had 36 career catches for 558 yards and three TDs. Through three weeks this season, Amidon is second in the ACC with 25 catches and leads the conference with 366 yards. Those numbers rank him fifth and second nationally.

His average of 122.0 receiving yards a game is fourth in the country.

All those numbers are career highs for the 5-foot-11, 186-pound junior. And all those career highs have gotten him noticed by more than just upcoming opponents, as on Tuesday he was one of eight players added to the Biletnikoff Award watch list.

“I was pretty surprised,” Amidon said. “Actually my dad sent me an e-mail saying that I was on it.”

“It’s a little bittersweet, because it would be an awful lot nicer with more success for the team,” he said. “It’s hard to enjoy personal achievements when the team is struggling a little bit. I’m honored to be on the list.”

As he settled in to talk to the media before practice Wednesday, massive left tackle Emmett Cleary said, “How about that? He got put on the watch list. He’s a great kid, I’m glad he’s finally getting some recognition.”

Defensive co-captain Jim Noel, who’s faced Amidon plenty in practice, isn’t surprised.

“I almost expected this of him,” he said, “so once Bobby Swigert went down and Chris Pantale went down it was almost a given. He’s a fast receiver. He’s really smart. He’s gonna work to get open, no matter what.”

Maybe the person who seemed the least impressed by the numbers Amidon has put up? The guy getting him the ball, quarterback Chase Rettig.

“I think it’s just the offense, Coach [Doug] Martin and,” the QB paused, as if considering whether to say something or not, before continuing, “I could say me but …” Rettig said with a smile, drawing laughs.

“He’s working hard. I think it’s just the offense, though. When’s the last time we threw the ball 30 times consecutively in games? I think it has a lot to do with that, and just staying in the offense on my part of it,” Rettig said.

Amidon also gave Martin’s new offense a lot of the credit, saying the changes he’s made in his game are only part of it.

“I just think my route running has improved a lot,” he said. “The top of my routes, I’m putting a lot more definition on them.”

And, of course, he’s working as hard as he can … and taking the messages of success as they come.

Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.