Eight Football Players Earn ACC Coaches All-ACC Recognition
Dec. 11, 2013
Eight Boston College football players – wide receiver Alex Amidon, linebacker Steele Divitto, defensive end Kasim Edebali, place-kicker Nate Freese, left tackle Matt Patchan, linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis, right tackle Ian White and running back Andre Williams – have earned Atlantic Coast Conference Coaches All-ACC honors, the league announced on Wednesday.
Williams and Pierre-Louis each earned first-team honors, Edebali, Patchan and Freese each earned second-team honors, Amidon earned third-team recognition and Divitto and White each earned honorable mention accolades.
Under the auspices of the ACC, the league’s 14 head football coaches voted for an All-ACC football team, as well as Players of the Year, Rookies of the Year and Coach of the Year award. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players and ballots were worth three points for each first-team, two points for second team and one point for third-team selections.
Williams, a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, Doak Walker Award (nation’s top running back) and Walter Camp Player of the Year, was one of three ACC players to earn unanimous first-team honors, joining ACC Player and Offensive Player of the Year Jamies Winston of Florida State and wide receiver Sammy Watkins of Clemson. Each of three unanimous selections were named on all 13 possible ballots.
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.
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, which finished the season with a 7-5 record, including a 4-4 mark in conference play, will face Pac-12 representative Arizona (7-5, 4-5 Pac-12) in the 2013 AdvoCare V100 Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 12:30 p.m. EST at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La. For tickets and travel information, visit: http://www.bceagles.com/BowlCentral.html.
ESPN will televise the game and Sports USA Radio Network will broadcast the game. The Boston College IMG Sports Radio Network will also carry the game.
The AdvoCare V100 Bowl will mark Boston College's first bowl appearance under the direction of first-year head coach Steve Addazio and caps a remarkable turnaround from last season's 2-10 finish. It marks BC's first bowl appearance in the last three years and its 14th in the last 16 seasons.