Friday, November 9, 2012
Amidon approaching more BC records
By Jack McCluskey
NEWTON, Mass. -- On one hand, Rich Gunnell is surprised. On the other hand, he's not.
"I'm surprised he hasn't gotten a lot more attention from other teams, but that's always how it's been here," the former BC wideout and current graduate assistant said of Alex Amidon. "Us receivers that have come through BC, we don't really get too much respect, per se.
"So you know they still have one guy on him and he continues to do what he does."
Through nine games, Alex Amidon has 67 catches for 1,073 yards and six TDs, plus one rushing TD.
What Amidon has done so far this season is set, break and reset personal records. Catches in a game. Yards in a game. Catches in a season. Yards in a season. Touchdown catches in a season.
It seems like every time BC plays, it has to update the record books.
With six 100-plus-yard receiving games in the first nine games this season, Amidon has tied the single-season record. With 1,073 yards receiving for the year, the Greenfield, Mass., native has only the second 1,000-yard season for a BC wideout in school history.
He needs just 77 yards to be the new single-season leader in receiving yards, passing Brian Brennan's 1,149. And with 10 more catches, he'll set a new single-season record for catches in a season (he would have 77, one more than current record holder Andre Callendar).
Yet Amidon can't bring himself to talk about his achievements, because he can't get over the fact BC's record sits at 2-7.
"I didn't expect it at all coming into the season," the wideout said. "It's tough with the season we're having to kind of look at that positively. Maybe after the season I'll start looking at it and thinking about it."
He's even told his family he doesn't want to discuss it.
"My older sister and my parents and stuff, they talk to me a little bit," he said. "But they also know how I am. They know I don't really enjoy that kind of stuff if we're not winning, so they don't talk about it too much to me if we're not winning."
It's kind of hard not to talk about it, since no one expected this kind of a breakout season from a kid who had season highs of 20 catches (2011) and 338 yards (2010) coming into 2012.
Gunnell, who played for the Eagles from 2006 to 2009 and had 931 yards in '07 connecting with Matt Ryan, doesn't pretend he predicted this, either.
"I can't say that I did see it coming, but in this offense it's definitely possible," Gunnell said of Amidon's explosion. "Coach [Doug] Martin dials up things to where the ball will get thrown and get spread around and Alex has been fortunate enough to be on the other end of it. And I think Chase [Rettig] has done a good job finding him, he's been consistent throughout the year so you're gotta find that guy."
Rettig has found Amidon, then found him again. And again.
That brings us back to where we started, with Gunnell being surprised on one hand and not surprised on the other.
He was asked if he thinks teams will start to respect Amidon and BC's receivers more at the end of the season, when they take a closer look at some of what Amidon has done in 2012.
"I mean if they don't, they need to," Gunnell said with a laugh. "He's obviously been doing a lot of damage to a lot of teams. So someone needs to open their eyes."
If they don't, they just might get burned.
Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.