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Monday, September 9, 2013
Player of the week: ACC

By David M. Hale

A year ago, Boston College languished through a lost season, winning just two games -- only one in the conference -- and finishing dead last in the ACC in rushing. It hasn't taken long for the Eagles to turn things around in 2013, with our player of the week, Andre Williams, leading the way.

In Boston College's win over Wake Forest on Friday, Williams ran 35 times for a career-best 204 yards and a 2-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter to give the Eagles control of the game. The single-game rushing performance alone would've accounted for nearly 20 percent of BC's rushing total for all of 2012.

"I'm a running back, I love running the ball," Williams said. "Putting the ball in my hands -- there's nothing I like more than that."

It's been a dramatic turnaround for both Williams and Boston College, which has already matched last year's win total.

Through the first two games of the season, Williams leads all ACC backs in rushing yards and is third nationally with 318. That's just 266 yards shy of his total for all of last season, and it's 73 yards more than the next closest competition in the conference.

First-year coach Steve Addazio has shown a commitment to a physical rushing attack that Boston College lacked during last year's struggles, and Williams has proven to be the perfect fit for the job.

The highlight of Williams' Week 2 performance came on the Eagles' final drive. BC took over with 5:14 left to play and a 14-point lead. Williams ran the ball on eight straight plays, converting four first downs, and running out the clock on any hopes for a Wake Forest comeback.

His 204 yards on the ground accounted for the most by a Boston College player since Montel Harris ran for 264 against NC State in 2009.

"Coach Addazio is an offensive guy and loves to run the ball," Williams said. "That couldn't work out better for me."