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Monday, November 26, 2012
Amidon, Clancy to All-ACC first team

By Jack McCluskey

Two days after the season ended and a day after coach Frank Spaziani was let go by new athletic director Brad Bates, the Eagles got a bit of good news: linebacker Nick Clancy and wide receiver Alex Amidon were voted onto the 2012 All-ACC first team.

Left tackle Emmett Cleary was voted onto the second team, while punter Gerald Levano and linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis received honorable mentions.

The teams are selected by a vote of 46 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

Though the team as a whole had a forgettable season, finishing with the second worst record in school history at 2-10 (1-7 in the ACC) and beating only one FBS opponent all season (Maryland), Amidon and Clancy were two of the bright spots for BC.

The 5-foot-11, 186-pound Amidon came into the season with 36 career catches for 558 yards and three touchdowns. He more than doubled those numbers as a junior, finishing with BC single-season highs in catches (78, two more than Andre Callendar’s previous record of 76) and receiving yards (1,210, 61 more than Brian Brennan’s previous record of 1,149) and seven TDs (most on the team in 2012).

Clancy, a fifth-year senior, finished first in the ACC and third in the country in tackles with 145 (81 solo, 64 assisted), according to cfbstats.com. The 6-3, 232-pounder had a single-season high of 19 tackles prior to assuming the starting middle linebacker role vacated by Luke Kuechly this season.

Cleary, a captain, moved from right tackle to left this season and generally acquitted himself well. Levano took over in 2012 for record-setting punter Ryan Quigley, and averaged 42 yards on 57 punts -- good for third in the ACC.

Pierre-Louis, a junior, tied for 12th in the ACC in tackles with 85 despite missing three games with injuries.

So while Bates attends to the business of searching for a successor to Spaziani, Eagles fans can at least be thankful for the years Amidon and Clancy had and hopeful that Amidon and Pierre-Louis can build on their performances as seniors in 2013.

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