According to a report in AL.com, Boston College senior running back Andre Williams has withdrawn from the Senior Bowl due to an injury; presumably the same shoulder injury that forced the Doak Walker Award winner and Heisman finalist to leave the second half of the Syracuse game.
Also have to wonder whether Williams was 100 percent healed during the Eagles' AdvoCare V100 'Independence' Bowl matchup with Arizona. Only seven of the running back's 26 carries came (early) in the second half and Williams was later spelled by freshmen Myles Willis and Tyler Rouse midway through the fourth quarter.
Williams will no doubt have a number of workouts scheduled in the coming weeks, including the NFL's Scouting Combine in February, so he may be sitting out the Senior Bowl to avoid re-aggravating that shoulder injury initially sustained during his 42 carry, 339 yard rushing performance vs. N.C. State.
Unfortunately for Eagles fans, this means we've seen Williams play his last college football game. While it would have been nice to see Williams don the maroon and gold once more in the Senior Bowl, hopefully the extra rest will help get AW to 100 percent in time for his upcoming NFL Draft auditions.
Williams has his work cut out for him as this year's NFL Draft field is filled with quality running backs. In addition to graduating seniors, a large number of underclassmen -- including Kapri Bibbs (Colorado State), Ka'Deem Carey (Arizona), Tre Mason (Auburn), Storm Johnson (UCF), Bishop Sankey (Washington), Lache Seastrunk (Baylor) and James Wilder Jr. (Florida State) have declared early for the draft.