Live on ESPN just moments ago, former Florida QB and 1996 Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel announced the six 2013 Heisman Trophy finalists on behalf of The Heisman Trophy Trust. Boston College senior running back Andre Williams was ON THAT LIST. To the excitement of BC fans everywhere #Andre44Heisman will be making the trek to New York City for the Heisman Trophy presentation (Saturday, Dec. 14, airing on ESPN at 8 p.m.)
A 6-foot, 227-pound running back from Schnecksville, Pa., Williams has registered 329 rushing attempts for 2,102 yards and 17 touchdowns in 12 games this fall. His 2,102 rushing yards in 12 games represents the ninth greatest rushing season in the history of college football. Williams leads the nation in most rushing categories, including yards, attempts, yards per game (175.2), 200-yard games (five) and 250-yard games (four).
For the first time since 1994, and only the second time in the history of the award, there are going to be six Heisman Trophy finalists. Andre Williams will face stiff competition from the other finalists who include:
QB Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
RB Tre Mason, Auburn
QB A.J. McCarron, Alabama
QB Jameis Winston, Florida State
Williams becomes just the second player in school history to travel to New York for the Heisman Trophy presentation, joining Doug Flutie. Only four Boston College players have finished in the top-10 in the final balloting: Mike Holovak (fourth, 1942), Flutie (first, 1984; third 1983), Glenn Foley (fifth, 1993) and Matt Ryan (seventh, 2007).
This is a huge moment for Boston College who haven't had a finalist in almost 30 years. Odds are not in Williams favor, but just getting the invite is a huge honor for the school and for Williams.To just think that this was the same school that a year ago was wallowing in a 2-10 mire with no light in sight. This is a glorious day to be an Eagle.
Credit to the Boston College Athletics Department for the full out media blitz they created over the past three weeks. The athletics department got ESPN College GameDay to come to Boston College, put Williams through the ESPN Car Wash and pushed hard for his inclusion on social media. Basically they took a guy from a 7-5 team and made him a national story.
Congratulations, Andre Williams! The entire Eagles Nation will be glued to their television on Saturday night.