For wide receiver Alex Amidon, the start of the 2012 season could not have gotten off to a hotter start. Through four games, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound receiver has 33 catches for 559 yards and three touchdowns. That’s one more yard and the same number of scores that he had in his first two full years combined.
Amidon has 33 catches for 559 yards and 3 TDs.
That experience from the first two seasons is part of what contributed to this year’s hot start, however.
“This is his third year; that’s the first thing,” said head coach Frank Spaziani. “And he’s made progress every year.”
The reason for that progress has a lot to do with the hard work and dedication the Massachusetts native brings every day.
“He works extremely hard,” said Spaziani. “He spends as much time as needed in the film room and works hard on the practice field. I don’t know if he has any unique characteristic other than – well, he works harder than most football players, and he’s got the ability.”
“That’s usually an elixir for success.”
New wide receivers coach Aaron Smith has also helped contribute to Amidon’s success.
“Aaron has done a great job for us. He’s brought a little fresh approach to our wideouts, he’s brought some toughness to them,” said Spaziani. “He’s a young ,energetic coach, and it certainly has transpired and shown up in how the performance of those players have been over the first four games.”
Naturally, you can’t forget about the system either, installed this year by new Offensive Coordinator Doug Martin.
“Certainly Doug [Martin] has done a great job of utilizing [Amidon] and putting him in the right spots where Chase [Rettig] can get him the ball,” said the head coach. “Certainly the offensive scheme has helped him.”
Still, Spaziani believes that the former two-star receiver whose only other BCS offer was Syracuse is just now “scratching the surface” of what he’s capable of doing.
“His best football is ahead of him.”