Thursday, July 25, 2013
BC LB Pierre-Louis on preseason All-ACC
By Jack McCluskey, Special to ESPNBoston.com
Call it progress, with a caveat.
The ACC announced its 2013 Preseason All-ACC team on Wednesday, and unlike in 2012 the Eagles had a representative on the team. Kevin Pierre-Louis was the third linebacker selected by the media in attendance at ACC media days earlier this week in Greensboro, N.C., adding another preseason plaudit to his docket.
The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Norwalk, Conn., native finished 2012 third in the ACC in tackles per game (9.4). He had 85 tackles in just nine games, and enters his senior season with 252 career tackles, including 145 solo tackles and 14 tackles for a loss.
Pierre-Louis was previously included on the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list.
Steele Divitto, named to the Butkus Award watch list, finished fourth in the linebacker voting. Place-kicker Nate Freese, named to the Lou Groza watch list, was tied for fourth at his position.
So what's the caveat, you ask? There's one Boston College player conspicuously missing.
Alex Amidon not only didn't make the team, he didn't even make the top four in the voting.
How is that possible?
Only one ACC player had more receiving yards than Amidon (1,210) in 2012, and that player, Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins (1,405), now plays his football on Sundays after being drafted by the Houston Texans. Only five ACC players had more touchdowns than Amidon (7), and none of those players ranked ahead of him on the list for 2013.
Few would argue with the selection of Clemson's Sammy Watkins to the preseason All-ACC team, based on both production (57 catches for 708 yards and three TDs in 2012) and potential (playing for the team projected to be tops in the ACC, catching balls from the ACC Preseason Player of the Year in QB Tajh Boyd).
Watkins received the most votes (57) and was joined on the preseason All-ACC team by Wake Forest's Michael Campanaro (20), followed in the voting by Maryland's Stefon Diggs (19) and Florida State's Rashad Greene (10).
Amidon arguably had a better season than either Campanaro, Diggs or Greene. He had more yards and touchdowns than all three, and more catches than either Diggs or Greene (and Campanaro had just one more, 79 to 78, albeit in two fewer games).
Does that mean Campanaro, Diggs and Greene weren't worthy of the votes they got? Of course not. They are all talented players who will likely produce big numbers again this season.
What it does mean is Amidon, a Biletnikoff Award watch list member for 2013, could be excused for showing up to BC's camp on Aug. 5 with a little extra chip on his shoulder.
Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.