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Saturday, September 1, 2012
BC notes: WR Alex Amidon impresses

By Jack McCluskey

NEWTON, Mass. -- There were many reasons the Eagles lost to the Hurricanes 41-32 on Saturday afternoon.

Alex Amidon wasn't one of them.

The wideout nicknamed A-Rab (for his initials, AA, and the fact he's small and runs like a rabbit) had a big day, snagging a career-high 10 balls for 149 yards. It was his second career 100-plus-yard game.

But the junior couldn't really enjoy it, since he felt the Eagles let the game slip through their fingers.

"It's one of those games you say we kind of beat ourselves," he said.

While the offense churned up big chunks of yards at times, there were also costly turnovers and dropped balls in key spots.

"Obviously we lost, we beat ourselves, there were a lot of mistakes and plays left on the field," he said, "but we can come out of it with something really positive and that's that the offense can move the ball. That's something to look forward to for next week for sure."

BC was without tight end Chris Pantale and leading wideout Bobby Swigert, who both missed the game with injuries. And yet the first game under new offensive coordinator Doug Martin produced some big numbers -- 542 yards of total offense and 30 points (the final two came on a safety).

QB Chase Rettig said he thought the offense played well as a whole, and though he acknowledged the mistakes the Eagles made sounded encouraged about the progress overall on that side of the ball.

He knows that Amidon can be a big part of the offense, even after Swigert returns.

"Amidon, he made some big plays," Rettig said. "He's always been capable of that. He played really well. I think he's gonna be a really fun guy to watch in our offense."

Both the quarterback and the wide receiver felt there was more they could've done on Saturday.

"Definitely [could've put] a lot more points on the board, but I mean 32 for this offense?" Amidon said. "I can't remember the last time we scored 32 points. So that would be a positive, too."

It's pronounced SINK-a-veck

In high school, Jake Sinkovec was a safety. An all-state safety, in fact, at Carmel Catholic in Illinois. And he began on that side of the ball when he arrived in Chestnut Hill.

But after making just one appearance in his redshirt freshman season in 2010, Sinkovec was shifted from linebacker to fullback for the 2011 season.

If you noticed Sinkovec on the field last year, there's a good chance you're a friend or family member. The 6-foot-4, 237-pound junior had a total of two special-teams tackles on the season, though he appeared in all 12 games.

But against Miami on Saturday, Sinkovec was certainly hard to miss. The big fullback wasn't on the two-deep roster, but there he was split out wide right on the Eagles' first drive of the season. Chase Rettig spotted him out there, wide open, and got him the ball in a hurry. Sinkovec made the catch and scampered down the sideline for a 36-yard gain.

That drive led to the Eagles' first touchdown. And Sinkovec had an even closer look at the second, catching a ball in the left flat on first-and-10 at the Miami 15 and bulling his way into the end zone.

Sinkovec added a 16-yard reception to get the Eagles into the red zone late in the first half, where they had to settle for a field goal. He finished the game with three catches for 67 yards and one score, and also caught one short kickoff and returned it for 10 yards.

"Jake is a player that's a role player that fits the role that Doug [Martin] has for him," BC coach Frank Spaziani said. "We understand how to use Jake and what he's good at."

Sinkovec said afterward that he didn't know he would play as big a role as he did.

"It all came quickly today and I was happy I was able to step up for the team," he said.

The transition from defense to offense is still ongoing, but he said the process has been smooth.

"It's been good," Sinkovec said. "All the offensive guys, all the coaches have really helped me make the transition and I feel like I'm starting to find a role over there."

Rettig said the Eagles were just taking what the Canes were giving them.

"That's just us understanding what Miami's trying to do on third-and-short," he said. "Every time Jake had a big play it was play-action, so we got ‘em with the play-action and he just ran with the ball after."

Larmond leaves with injury

An already banged-up unit took another shot on Saturday.

Fifth-year senior wideout Colin Larmond Jr. left the game in the first half, with what the team called a leg injury. He did not return, though he was on the sideline for the second half. He spent the half roaming the BC sideline in a gray and white BC tracksuit.

Honoring history

At the half, Boston College posthumously retired the jersey of Lou Montgomery, the first African-American football player in the team's history. Montgomery, a running back and member of the Class of 1941, helped the team win 19 of 20 regular-season games in the 1940 and 1941 seasons.

Because he was African-American, however, he was not allowed to play in either the Cotton Bowl (in '40) or the Sugar Bowl (in '41).

Montgomery's jersey was added to the southeast fašade in Alumni Stadium, joining the group of legends that includes Doug Flutie and Mike Ruth.

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