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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
BC football looking to finish strong

By Jack McCluskey

NEWTON, Mass. -- It’s Thanksgiving week, but it’s business as usual at the Heights.

With a few small differences, scheduling-wise, of course.

“I kind of like it better because there’s no class in the morning and stuff like that,” wideout Alex Amidon said before practice Tuesday. “But it’s just another week.”

The Eagles have practice on Thursday, but then players who are local can go home for Thanksgiving dinner with their families. Players who don’t have anywhere to go will be invited to a coach’s house for a meal.

And then the team will fly to Raleigh, N.C., for the season-ending matchup with NC State and former BC coach Tom O’Brien.

Coming off a difficult loss in overtime to Virginia Tech on Senior Day, the Eagles are determined to end the season with a better result.

“I think everyone really wants to end the season on a positive note,” Amidon said. “It’s nice to be able to go into the offseason with something positive to look at.”

Left tackle Emmett Cleary, a cocaptain and fifth-year senior, was blunt about the loss to the Hokies and what a win over the Wolfpack would mean.

“It was a very emotional loss. We put a lot into that and coming up short hurts,” he said. “I’m glad we have one more, I’m glad I don’t have to go out on what happened last week. And I think it would just mean so much to our guys, everybody who’s playing their last college game, the amount of crap that we’ve gone through these last couple years.

“It would [mean] a lot to end everything we struggled through with a win.”

Rettig a record setter

Move over, Matt Ryan. There’s a new record holder, and his name’s Rettig. Chase Rettig.

With his first yards passing on Saturday, Rettig will pass Ryan for the most passing yards in a season by an underclassman in BC history. He has 2,942, with one game left in his junior year.

Ryan, the current Atlanta Falcons signal-caller and former Eagles great, set the record with 2,942 yards in 2006.

With 58 yards, Rettig will become the fourth BC QB to amass 3,000 yards in a season. That list currently consists of Ryan (4,507 in 2007), Doug Flutie (3,454 in 1984) and Glenn Foley (3,397 in 1993).

In his third year as the starter, Rettig has come into his own under first-year offensive coordinator Doug Martin.

“I’ve had the most freedom in being able to make decisions at the line of scrimmage,” Rettig said of his role in Martin’s system. “And I just really get along with Coach Martin pretty well. I’ve definitely enjoyed the offense and he’s put us in a bunch of good situations in order to be successful this year.”

Though rumors have run amok about Frank Spaziani’s future with BC, Rettig said he’d love to be able to build on what the offense has managed this season.

“It’s been nice to have some consistency for one year,” Rettig said. “We’ve done a lot -- me personally and other guys on the team and the offense as a whole -- for just having this offense for a year and a spring. It’d be nice to see what we can do with it for the whole offseason and the spring and another summer camp and the season.”

Amidon too

Another week, another chance for Alex Amidon to set a record.

The Greenfield, Mass., native became BC’s single-season receiving yardage leader against then-No. 4 Notre Dame. He had previously tied the record for 100-yard games in a season with six. And he entered the game against Virginia Tech needing just four catches to break the record for catches in a season (76, by Andre Callendar).

Amidon finished that game with two catches for 18 yards, both lows for the season. He’ll need just one catch against NC State to tie Callendar’s record and two to break it.

If he manages 100 yards against the Wolfpack, Amidon will set the record for 100-yard games with seven. He’ll also tie the BC career record for 100-yard games, currently at eight (Brian Brennan and Rich Gunnell).

Despite the gaudy numbers he’s posted in 2012, Amidon will not win the Biletnikoff Award. The wideout was named to the watch list, but did not make the list of semifinalists.