Boston College senior running back and Heisman Trophy hopeful Andre Williams will play in the postseason, according to Eagles coach Steve Addazio. Addazio told the AP that Williams will be "ready to roll" when the Eagles play in a bowl and that the shoulder injury that knocked the Heisman Trophy hopeful and Doak Walker Award finalist out of Saturday's game against Syracuse won't keep him from playing in the postseason.
In 11 and a half games, Williams leads the nation in rushing (2,102 yards) and yards per game (175.17) and is a surprise finalist for the 2013 Heisman Trophy. Williams is currently in fifth in the latest USA TODAY Sports Heisman Survey, behind Florida State QB Jameis Winston, Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch, Alabama QB A.J. McCarron and Ohio State QB Braxton Miller.
Addazio also took time in his weekly press conference to stump for his senior running back:
Only four Heisman Trophy winners have ever had a statistical season better than Andre Williams. Barry Sanders, Marcus Allen, Rosier and Ricky Williams. Heisman mission statement: outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. I would say Andre Williams absolutely fits that. An injury is an injury, but in 11 games, your ninth best rushing season in the history of college football. I think that's pretty remarkable.
Highlights from Addazio's press conference below. Boston College (7-5, 4-4 ACC) will learn its postseason fate on Sunday.