Football Hosts 75th Scanlan Banquet
Dec. 17, 2013
Wide receiver Alex Amidon and running back Andre Williams shared the Scanlan Award - Boston College's highest football honor - as the seniors who best exemplify the ideals of Tom Scanlan, Class of 1920, at the 75th annual Scanlan awards banquet and senior lunch that celebrated the Eagles' 2013 regular season on Sunday at Gasson Hall on the campus of Boston College.
A courageous and inspiring fullback who played both offense and defense for the Eagle teams of 1916, 1917, and 1919, forgoing the 1918 season for military service in World War I, Thomas F. Scanlan was a popular student-athlete and beloved alumnus, who was elected Varsity Club President for five consecutive years (1942-1946). He was inducted into the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame in 1972.
Amidon, a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference honoree, is the school's all-time receiving yards leader with 2,671 heading into the team's Dec. 31st game against Arizona. He registered 67 receptions for 903 yards and five touchdowns this fall, after recording school records for receptions (78) and receiving yards (1,201) as a junior in 2012. Amidon also earned the program's Strength and Conditioning Award.
Williams, a Heisman Trophy finalist and winner of the Doak Walker Award as the nation's premier running back, rushed for an Atlantic Coast Conference-record 2,102 yards in 12 games. One of five finalists for the Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year award, Williams rushing total in 2013 ranks ninth all-time on college football's single-season list heading into the team's Dec. 31st game against the Wildcats.
Linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis and quarterback Chase Rettig shared the William J. Flynn award as the team's most valuable players. Flynn, class of 1939, was a former BC student-athlete, faculty member, coach and served as Director of Athletics from 1957-90.
Specialist Nate Freese, an All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team honoree who handles all kicking and punting duties for the Eagles, earned the Special Teams award. One of the most accurate place-kickers in college football, Freese went 18-for-18 in field-goal attempts in 2013 and is 36-for-38 in the last two seasons.
Right tackle Ian White and linebacker Steele Divitto earned the Coaches' Award, decided upon by head coach Steve Addazio and his staff, and fullback Jake Sinkovec earned the Gridiron Club Award as the student-athlete who displays the determination, enthusiasm and spirit expected from a Boston College football player.
Left tackle Matt Patchan, an All-ACC second-team selection, earned the program's Toughness Award while quarterback Mike Marscovetra and defensive end Kasim Edebali shared the Paul Cavanaugh Award, given to the players whose collective on and off the field accomplishments speak volumes about his commitment to balance, a level-headed outlook on life, and perspective on volunteerism, ethics and the community.
Tight end C.J. Parsons and defensive end Kaleb Ramsey shared the Perseverance Award; defensive back James McCaffrey earn the Scout Team award; linebacker Connor Galligan and defensive back Zach Wolfe shared the Loyalty Award; defensive back Ted Davenport captured the Jay McGillis Scholarship Award.
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.