Monday, December 2, 2013
Williams leads BC's All-ACC contingent
By Jack McCluskey
The regular season is over, but Andre Williams still is leading the way for Boston College.
Though he didn’t make it through the season finale against Syracuse after injuring his shoulder in the third quarter and having to leave with nine carries for 29 yards and a TD -- his lowest output of the season -- Williams finished the regular season with a BC- and ACC-record 2,102 yards.
On Monday, Williams was one of nine Eagles to earn All-ACC honors, the only unanimous choice in the voting by members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
The 6-foot, 227-pound back, a finalist for the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top rusher and a potential Heisman candidate, was named to the first team on all 65 ballots.
Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins (63) and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (61) received the second and third most first-team votes.
Eight of the nine Eagles to receive All-ACC honors in 2013 are seniors, with Gallik the lone junior.
Pierre-Louis finished his senior season with 104 tackles (64 solo), 6.0 sacks and an interception. Freese became BC’s all-time leader in field goals and scoring in 2013, finishing a perfect 18-for-18 on field goals to push his career totals to 68 made field goals and 317 points.
Patchan, Gallik and White combined with guards Bobby Vardaro and Harris Williams to improve BC’s rushing average nearly 100 places -- from 119th in the country in 2012 at 90.92 yards per game to 22nd in 2013 at 218.08 yards per game -- and restore BC’s reputation as “O-line U.”
Amidon became BC’s all-time receiving leader, finishing the season with 67 catches for 895 yards and five TDs. That pushes his career totals to 181 catches (tied with Rich Gunnell for second in school history) for 2,663 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Edebali led the Eagles in tackles for loss (16.0), sacks (9.5) and forced fumbles (three) as a fifth-year senior. All three numbers were career highs for the native of Hamburg, Germany.
Divitto finished with a team-high 107 tackles, 57 of which were solo tackles.
The two teams that will face off Saturday for the ACC title, No. 1 Florida State and Duke, combined for 28 All-ACC honors. FSU had 17, including seven on the first team, while Duke had 11, including four on the first team.
With a 34-31 loss to Syracuse on Saturday, BC finished the season 7-5 overall and 4-4 in the ACC. The Eagles will now wait to find out their bowl site and opponent.
Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.