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The runaway leader for the Doak Walker Award, Boston College senior Andre Williams gave his late run for Heisman Trophy consideration an immeasurable boost Saturday when he became the first player in program history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season.
Andre Williams belongs. No one has sprinted away with the Heisman Trophy this fall. If anything, many who were supposed frontrunners at one time have come back to the pack. But as quarterbacks like Oregon's Marcus Mariota and 2012 winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M have stumbled, Williams, Boston College's bulldozing running back, has surged.
On Boston College running back Andre Williams' first carry Saturday, he rushed for 3 yards. On his second carry, he went around the left end for 31. On his third carry, he went around the right end, secured the ball in his right hand, raised his left and waited for Will Likely to approach.
Boston College senior running back Andre Williams is a legitimate contender for the 2013 Heisman Trophy and should be treated as such. There, I said it. Now, nobody's saying he's necesarily going to win, because teams that are prospering nationally and/or quarterbacks of said teams tend to get more run from the media types who vote in these things, but Williams is well on his way to earning the right to be the first Eagle invited to New York City in almost 30 years.
All of the Heisman talk has been centered around quarterbacks this season, which personally is a joke, and offensive to every other position on the field. Let's call it the quarterback Heisman then or make a big deal about who the best quarterback is. I thought the Heisman was supposed to be about the best player in college football. Meet Boston College running back, Andre Williams.
What's most impressive about Williams' season is the way he's carried an otherwise pedestrian offense. Boston College entered 4,064 yards of total offense as a team; Williams is responsible for 2,073 yards, or 51% of the Eagles' yardage from the line of scrimmage. In the era of increased passing-game productivity, for a running back to assume that much of his team's offensive output is nearly unfathomable.
Tailback Andre Williams saw greater value in seven wins than he did in 2,000 rushing yards following Boston College's bizarre, fascinating 29-26 victory over Maryland yesterday at Byrd Stadium.
• RISING: In a late-season Heisman chase, Boston College running back Andre Williams surpassed 200 yards for the third straight week, amassing 263 in the Eagles' 29-26 victory over Maryland. Williams' season total of 2,073 makes him the 16th player in major-college history to surpass 2,000 yards in a year.
The real story, however, has been the play of running back Andre Williams. With 263 yards against the Terrapins, Williams has rushed 897 yards in his last three games and more than 2,000 for the season, potentially earning the senior an invitation to Manhattan for the Heisman Trophy ceremony.