Seven Football Players Earn Phil Steele Preseason All-ACC Honors
May 30, 2013
Seven Boston College football players - WR Alex Amidon, LB Steele Divitto, PR Spiffy Evans, PK Nate Freese, OL Matt Patchan, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis and RB Andre Williams - have earned Phil Steele All-Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason accolades, according to an announcement made by the publication on Thursday.
Pierre-Louis and Evans each earned first-team recognition. Amidon and Divitto each earned second-team honors, Williams earned third-team recognition while Freese and Patchan garnered fourth-team honors.
Pierre-Louis, a native of Norwalk, Conn., earned All-ACC honorable mention honors as a junior last fall. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound linebacker played in and started nine games and finished the season with 85 tackles, including 51 solo tackles.
Evans, a rising junior from Hollywood, Fla., played in 11 games - and returned 11 punts - as a sophomore in 2012. The 6-foot, 184-pound versatile receiver, averaged 25.3 return yards per punt (11 returns, 278 yards).
Amidon, a senior from Greenfield, Mass., earned All-ACC first-team honors after he recorded 78 receptions for 1,210 yards (15.5 yards per game) and seven touchdowns in 2012, establishing the school record for receiving yards and receptions in a season.
Amidon finished the season ranked 11th in the NCAA and second in the ACC in receiving yards per game (100.8) and finished the year second among ACC receivers in receptions per game (6.5). A 5-foot-11, 186-pound receiver, Amidon totaled 100 or more receiving yards in each of six games as a junior last year.
Divitto, a 6-foot-3, 238-pound linebacker, has registered 184 tackles in 35 games in three years at Boston College. He has started all 24 games over the last two seasons. He recorded 92 tackles as a junior last fall and is a product of Ridgefield, Conn., and a graduate of Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, N.J.
Freese, a senior from Strongsville, Ohio, connected on 18-of-20 field goal attempts in 12 games as a junior in 2012. The 6-foot, 185-pound placekicker ranked sixth in the nation in field goal percentage (90 percent) and finished a perfect 24-for-24 in PAT attempts.
Freese has connected on 50-of-61 career field goal attempts (82.0 conversion percentage) in three seasons at BC. He enters the 2013 campaign ranked second on the school's single-season field goals list (22; 2010) and has matched the school record for field goals in a game (with four field goals) three times - vs. Wake Forest (Oct. 1, 2011), vs. Kent State (Sept. 11, 2010) and at Florida State (Oct. 16, 2010). Additionally, Freese ranks fifth on the school's career scoring list with 224 points.
Patchan, a 6-foot-6, 304-pound offensive lineman from Tampa, Fla., played in 27 games at the University of Florida prior to transferring to Boston College for the 2013 campaign. He played in 12 games in 2011, starting at right tackle for each of the last seven of the regular season, and missed the 2012 season because of injury. Prior to Florida, he was named a USA Today and EA Sports high school All-America first-team honoree and was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Williams, a rising senior from Schnecksville, Pa., started eight at running back last fall. The 6-foot, 220-pound tail back led the team with 599 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns in 2012. He averaged 4.6 yards per rush. Williams has carried the ball 349 times for 1,582 yards (4.5 yards per carry) in his three-year career.
Phil Steele's College Football Preview is the nation's most informative preseason football magazine and has always provided a Preseason All-American Team as well as Preseason All-Conference Teams. The 2013 Preview can be purchased for $9.99 by calling 1-866-918-7711. For more information or to obtain a copy of each of the All-Conference teams, please visit PhilSteele.com.
Boston College is in its first season under the direction of head coach Steve Addazio. The Eagles' season kicks off against Villanova on Saturday, Aug. 31 at noon on ESPN3.
Phil Steele's 2013 Preseason All-ACC Team - Boston College honorees
Matt Patchan, Sr., OL - Fourth Team