Aug. 19, 2012
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior wide receiver Alex Amidon recorded seven receptions for 84 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown reception, and senior Gerald Levano punted four times and averaged nearly 48 yards per punt to highlight Sunday's action of Boston College football at Alumni Stadium - its third scrimmage of preseason training camp.
The scrimmage featured six game-simulated end-of-half/fourth-quarter situations in which the offense and defense squared off with limited time on the clock as well as a limited number of timeouts.
Junior quarterback Chase Rettig completed 18-of-32 passing attempts for 168 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions to lead the first-team offense while freshman defensive back Justin Simmons highlighted the team's defensive effort, picking off a pair of second-team quarterback Josh Bordner passing attempts. Bordner completed 6-of-9 attempts for 55 yards.
Levano, of Massapequa, N.Y. and Chaminade high school, downed his first punt on the two yard line, punted his second attempt 60 yards from his own 12 yard line and also registered punts of 47 and 43 yards each.
Place-kicker Nate Freese converted his lone field goal attempt of the afternoon, splitting the uprights from 40 yards to improve to 6-for-6 in field goal attempts thus far in the preseason.
Senior running back Mike Javorski and converted tailback Ted Davenport shouldered the bulk of the afternoon's rushing attempts. Davenport carried 10 times and Javorski carried eight times. Javorski, who rushed nine times in the team's second preseason scrimmage last Wednesday, also registered four receptions for 24 yards on Sunday.
Rettig's touchdown was a 29-yard strike that split the hash marks to Amidon, who led a total of 12 receivers that caught at least one pass.
Four tight ends - sophomore Jarrett Darmstatter, sophomore C.J. Parsons, redshirt freshman Brian Miller and freshman Dan Crimmins - registered at least one reception each while sophomore Spiffy Evans caught three passes for 24 yards.
"Some of the tight ends have stepped up," head coach Frank Spaziani said. "Those guys have been better. C.J. Parsons has been productive."
In addition to Simmons, sophomore defensive back Manuel Asprilla intercepted a Rettig pass intended for Amidon at the goal line and senior linebacker Nick Clancy picked off a Rettig pass that was deflected by Mehdi Abdesmad a few plays later.
"We got a lot of nice young guys on this football team, and if they come through and play well, good things can happen, and Justin [Simmons] is one of them," Spaziani said. "He's as advertised. We did our homework and everything that you do on kids. He's a good prospect."
There are 13 days to season's kickoff when Boston College hosts Miami in its season opener on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 3:30 p.m. in Alumni Stadium.