Nine Football Players Earn ACSMA All-ACC Honors
Dec. 2, 2013
Nine Boston College football players -- place-kicker Nate Freese, linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis, running back Andre Williams, left tackle Matt Patchan, wide receiver Alex Amidon, center Andy Gallik, defensive end Kasim Edebali, linebacker Steele Divitto and right tackle Ian White -- have earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors, according to an announcement made by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSM) on Monday.
The 2013 All-ACC Football team is voted on by 65 members of the ACSMA.
Freese, Pierre-Louis and Williams each earned first-team recognition. Patchan earned second-team accolades. Amidon, Divitto, Edebali and Gallik each earned third-team honors, and White captured honorable mention laurels.
Williams, who leads the nation in rushing, was the only unanimous selection to the All-ACC Team (named first team on all 65 ballots). He amassed a team-high 195 points with his unanimous first-team selection (three points for each first-team vote, two points for each second-team vote and one-point for each third-team vote). Clemson's Sammy Watkins and Florida State's Jameis Winston had 191 points apiece. The closest vote came at the place-kicker position where Freese earned first-team honors with 124 points, one ahead of Florida State's Roberto Aguayo's 123.
Williams, a 6-foot, 227-pound senior, played in all 12 games and recorded an ACC-record 2,102 rushing yards on 329 carriers, marking the ninth-best rushing season in the history of college football. He finished the regular season ranked first among all FBS running backs in the country in rushing yards per game (175.2) and broke Boston College's single-season rushing record formerly held by Mike Cloud (1,726; 1998) in 10 games.
Freese, a senior, finished the season a perfect 18-for-18 in field goal attempts. He is one of only three FBS place-kickers without a missed field goal in 2013. The Strongsville, Ohio native became Boston College's all-time leader in field goals (68) and points (317). One of the most accurate kickers in the country, Freese is 35-of-37 (94.6 percent) in field goal attempts in the last two seasons. Freese is one of only seven FBS specialists in the country who handles all three duties on special teams.
Pierre-Louis, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound senior, recorded 104 tackles, including 64 solo tackles, in 12 games. The Norwalk, Conn., native tallied 10.5 tackles for loss, 6.0 sacks and one interception - that he returned for a touchdown against Virginia Tech (Nov. 2). Pierre-Louis leads the ACC and ranks fifth among all active players in the nation in career solo tackles (211). Additionally, he ranks eighth among all active players in career tackles per game (8.17).
Patchan, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound senior, played in and started all 12 games at left tackle. A two-time ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week (On Nov. 18 and Nov. 25), Patchan helped pave the way for a Boston College rushing attack that produced 218.1 rushing yards per game - a mark good for second in the conference and 22nd among all team's in college football.
Amidon, a 6-foot, 182-pound senior, played in and started all 12 games at wide receiver. An All-ACC first-team honoree who set school records for receptions (78) and receiving yards (1,215) as a junior last fall, Amidon led all BC receivers with 67 receptions for 895 yards and five touchdowns in 2013. He broke the school record for career receiving yards at New Mexico State (Nov. 9) and is tied with Rich Gunnell for second place on the career receptions list with 181.
Gallik, a 6-foot-3, 302-pound junior, played in and started all 12 games at center. A product of Evergreen Park, Ill., and Brother Rice, he was a key component for an offensive line that blocked for running back Andre Williams, who led the nation in rushing yards and rushing yards per game, and for an Eagle offense that averaged 218.1 rushing yards per game - a mark good for second in the conference and 22nd among all teams in college football.
Edebali, a 6-foot-3, 246-pound senior who served as one of two team captains in 2013, recorded 62 tackles, including 32 solo tackles, 16.0 tackles for a loss of 94 yards, 9.5 sacks, five pass breakups, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Edebali recorded career highs in each category and led all Eagles in tackles for loss, sacks, quarterback hurries and forced fumbles.
Divitto, a 6-foot-2, 237-pound senior from Ridgefield, Conn., registered a team-high 107 tackles, including 57 solo tackles. He finished the regular-season ranked fourth in the league in tackles per game (8.9). Divitto, who has started 35 straight games at linebacker and who switched from strong side to the middle linebacker position for 2013, ranks third among active ACC leaders in career tackles (291).
White, a 6-foot-5, 302-pound senior who served as one of two team captains in 2013, started all 12 games at right tackle in 2013. A product of Conway, N.H., White earned ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors after the team's home win over Virginia Tech (Nov. 2) in which Boston College rushed for 196 yards. A three-year starter on the offensive line, White was a key component for an offensive line that blocked for running back Andre Williams, who led the nation in rushing yards and rushing yards per game, and for an Eagle offense that averaged 218.1 rushing yards per game - a mark good for second in the conference and 22nd among all teams in college football.
Boston College concluded its 2013 regular season with a 7-5 record, including a 4-4 record in conference play. The Eagles await their postseason bowl opponent and destination.