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Andre Williams For Heisman: 44 Statistics For Your Consideration


via Boston College Athletics Department
  1. Williams leads all FBS running backs in rushing attempts (320) ...
  2. ... rushing yards (2,073) ...
  3. ... and rushing yards per game (188.5).
  4. Williams also leads all FBS players with five 200-plus yard rushing performances.
  5. He is the 16th player in FBS history to surpass 2,000 yards in a season and currently ranks 12th all-time.
  6. It's been six seasons since the FBS had a 2,000-yard rusher (UConn's Donald Brown, 2,083 yards in 2008).
  7. Williams' 2,073 rushing yards is 462 yards clear of second place on this season's rushing yards list (Western Kentucky's Antonio Andrews) with one regular season game to go.
  8. His 188.5 yards per game average is 32.55 yards a game better than the running back currently in second on this list (Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey).
  9. Williams' 188.5 yards per game average is better than Colorado's Rashaan Salaam's 186.8 average in 1994. Salaam went on to win the Heisman.
  10. Only six players have ever rushed for more yards through 11 weeks, a list that includes names like Barry Sanders (2,628), LaDainian Tomlinson (2,158) and Ricky Williams (2,124). Sanders and Williams were each Heisman Trophy winners.Tomlinson finished 4th in the voting 2000.
  11. If Williams were to hit his current average rushing yards per game (188.5) at Syracuse, he would conclude the regular season fourth all-time, behind Barry Sanders (2,628), Kevin Smith (2,567) and Marcus Allen (2,342). Sanders and Allen were each Heisman Trophy winners.
  12. Speaking of Barry Sanders, the Oklahoma State running back set the gold standard with the greatest statistical individual season in college football in 1988 when he led the nation by averaging 200 yards per game and 7.6 yards per carry. Sanders closed the final month of his remarkable season by rushing 152 times for 1,152 yards (averaging 38 carries and 288 rushing yards per game) and 15 touchdowns in his final four games.
  13. Through three weeks of Williams' final month of the 2013 season, he has carried 104 times for 897 yards and is averaging 34 carries and 299 rushing yards per game during this stretch. To date, Williams is ahead of where Sanders was through three weeks of his final month of college football, outgaining him by 77 yards.
  14. Though Barry Sanders record 2,628 yards rushing seems out of reach, Williams has averaged 299 yards per game over the past three games. If Williams hits his three-game average in BC's remaining two games, he will finish with 2,671 yards.
  15. Boston College has amassed 4,064 yards of total offense in 2013. BC ranks second in the conference and 21st in the nation with 220.5 rushing yards per game.
  16. Andre Williams is responsible for 51 percent of the entire offense; an astronomical total for a RB ...
  17. ... and 85.4 percent of the Eagles rushing offense (2,073 of 2,426 yards).
  18. In week 2 vs. Wake Forest, Williams carried the ball 35 times for 204 yards -- a career-high at the time.
  19. Included in that rushing output was eight straight carries for 46 yards in a backbreaking fourth quarter drive that ate up the final 5:14 of game clock to seal the victory.
  20. Williams rushed 21 times for nearly 100 yards by halftime against Florida State in week five. Williams finished the game with 28 attempts for 149 yards as the Eagles scored 34 points -- the most of any opponent to date -- against the Seminoles, whose average margin of victory is an astounding 43.8 points this season.
  21. Andre Williams rushed for 263 yards and 5 TDs on 30 carries (8.77) in Boston College's 48-27 win over Army. The 5 touchdowns tied a school record for rushing touchdowns in a game, while the 263 yards on the ground ranked 2nd on the school's single-game rushing yardage list at the time.
  22. Williams rushed 33 times for 166 yards and two touchdowns in Boston College's 34-27 win over Virginia Tech - a run-stopping defense that was ranked fifth in the nation at the time and currently checks in eighth among all FBS schools.
  23. The Hokies D gives up 103.27 yards a game on the ground. Williams gained 62 more yards than the Hokies' season average.
  24. In the Eagles' 48-34 win at New Mexico State, Williams set the school record for rushing yards in a game with 295 yards and 2 TDs on 30 carries (9.83 average).
  25. Just one week later, Williams re-set his own school record and established the ACC record for rushing yards in a game with 42 carries for 339 yards and 2 TDs in a 38-21 win over N.C. State.
  26. Williams rushed 32 times for 263 yards and two scores in the Eagles' win over Maryland, the tailback's fifth (!) game of the year with at least 200 yards on the ground. That rushing total includes a 32-yard scamper late in the fourth quarter that set up the game-winning field goal.
  27. His performance against Maryland was the fourth consecutive game with 2 TDs; he has 16 this season.
  28. Williams' 16 rushing TDs ranks third on the school's single-season rushing TD list. Three more TDs would move him into a tie for second all-time (Darnell Campbell, 1993).
  29. Williams now owns four of the top five single-game rushing performances in Boston College history. All four of those occurred during the 2013 season.
  30. Of college football's 10 most productive rushing performances this season, Williams lays claim to four of them.
  31. Through 11 games, Andre Williams' rushing yardage total (2,073 yards) is greater than 80 FBS teams total rushing output (over 60% of all FBS teams).
  32. Over the last five games, Williams has rushed for 1,235 yards. That's more rushing yards than 12 FBS teams have gained all season.
  33. Only 11 other players have rushed for more than 1,235 yards all season.
  34. Williams has rushed for 897 yards over the last three weeks alone.
  35. That output is greater than 6 FBS teams season-long rushing output -- Connecticut (874 yards), FIU (874), Oregon State (801), Purdue (774), Southern Mississippi (773) and Washington State (660).
  36. Forty-seven players have rushed for more than 897 yards all season.
  37. History lesson: In the closest Heisman Trophy vote ever, Alabama RB Mark Ingram edged Stanford RB Toby Gerhart to claim the 2009 Heisman Trophy. Ingram finished the season with 271 Att, 1,658 Yds, 6.1 Avg, 17 TD.
  38. Gerhart finished with 343 Att, 1,871 Yds, 5.5 Avg, 28 TD. With one week to go, Williams' stat line reads: 320 Att, 2,073 Yds, 6.38 Avg, 16 TD.
  39. The only other running back to win the Heisman Trophy over the last decade, Reggie Bush, finished the season with 200 Att, 1,740 Yds, 8.7 Avg, 16 TD.
  40. Williams has rushed for 326 yards less than fellow Heisman hopeful Alabama QB A.J. McCarron has passed for (2,399 yards) in 2013.
  41. Williams accounts for a greater percentage of BC's total offense (51%, 2,073 of 4,064 yards) than both Heisman hopefuls Ohio State QB Braxton Miller (40.1%, 2,364 of 5,840 total yards) and Alabama QB A.J. McCarron (49.1%, 2,404 of 4,892 total yards).
  42. Three of Boston College's four losses this year have come against teams ranked #2, #6 and #23 in this week's BCS standings (Florida State, Clemson and USC)
  43. Florida State, Clemson and USC boast a combined 30-4 record.
  44. Williams has been an instrumental part of one of the greatest single-season turnarounds in school history. The five-win increase from last season's 2-10 record ties the biggest single-season turnaround in school history since 1900 (1927-28, 1978-79 and 1985-86).