Five Football Players Garner Coaches All-ACC Accolades
Dec. 6, 2012
The same five Boston College players - WR Alex Amidon, LB Nick Clancy, OT Emmett Cleary, P Gerald Levano and LB Kevin Pierre-Louis - who earned All-ACC honors from the league's media members have garnered all-conference recognition from the ACC's 12 head coaches according to an announcement made by the league office on Wednesday.
This year, for the first time under the auspices of the ACC, the league's 12 head football coaches voted for an All-ACC football team, as well as Players of the Year, Rookies of the Year and a Coach of the Year award. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players and cast ballots for two points for first-team and one point for second-team selections.
Clancy earned first-team recognition while Amidon and Cleary gained second-team accolades. Levano and Pierre-Louis achieved honorable mention laurels. Previously, from the league's media selections, Amidon and Clancy achieved first-team status, Cleary made the second team, and Levano and Pierre-Louis gained honorable mention standing.
Clancy, a 6-foot-3, 232-pound senior, played in all 12 games and finished the season ranked third among all tacklers in the nation in tackles (145) and tackles per game (12.1). Additionally, he recorded 4.0 tackles for loss, 10 pass breakups, one forced fumble and one blocked kick. The Plainfield, Ill., native registered at least 10 tackles in a game eight times this season, recording 20 (or more) tackles in a game twice - the only two times this season an ACC defender recorded 20 tackles in a game.
Clancy recorded a career-high 24 tackles (14 solo, 10 assisted) at Northwestern on Sept. 15 and registered a game-high 20 tackles (17 solo and three assisted) in the Eagles' 30-23 overtime loss against Virginia Tech in the regular-season finale on Nov.17.
Amidon, a 5-foot-11, 186-pound junior, played in all 12 games and recorded a school-record 78 receptions for a school-record 1,210 yards and seven touchdowns, breaking Andre Callendar's previous record of 76 receptions in 2007 and Brian Brennan's previous record of 1,149 receiving yards in 1983. He matched Brennan's school standard of six games with at least 100 receiving yards.
Amidon finished the season ranked 11th among all receivers in the country in receiving yards per game (100.8). He ranks second among all ACC receiving in both receptions per game (6.5) and receiving yards per game. A versatile threat, the Greenfield, Mass., native also carried the ball four times for 55 yards and one touchdown.
Cleary, a 6-foot-7, 313-pound senior, started all 12 games at left tackle this fall. He blocked for junior quarterback Chase Rettig, who became just the fourth quarterback in BC history to throw for more than 3,000 yards. Cleary, who started all 24 games on the offensive line over the last two years, blocked for tailback Rolandan Finch, who recorded back-to-back 100-yard rushing efforts - 138 yards against Virginia Tech (Nov. 17) and 144 at NC State (Nov. 24) - to close the season.
Levano, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound senior, played in all 12 games and averaged 42.0 yards per punt in 2012. The Massapequa, N.Y., native punted 57 times for 2,394 yards and downed nine punts inside opponents' 20 yardline. He recorded 11 punts of 50 yards (or more) and kicked a season-long 66-yard punt against Maine on Sept. 8.
Pierre-Louis, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound junior, played in nine games and finished the season ranked fourth on the team with 85 tackles - 51 solo and 34 assisted. He ranked third among all ACC tacklers with an average of 9.4 tackles per game. Additionally, the Norwalk, Conn., native tallied 4.0 tackles for loss, including 2.0 sacks and three pass breakups.