Heisman finalist: Andre Williams

December, 13, 2013
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Andre Williams, RB, Boston College

Key Stats: 329 carries, 2,102 yards, 17 TDs

Why he made it to NYC: Williams leads the nation in carries and rushing yards, putting up totals that are unmatched by every running back who has made it to the Heisman ceremony in the past 10 years. He is also first in rushing yards per game (175.2), 200-yard rushing games (five) and 250-yard rushing games (four). His 339 rushing yards in a win over NC State to get the Eagles bowl-eligible set the new ACC single-game record. Williams is tied for seventh nationally in rushing touchdowns. He has been the definition of a workhorse, the backbone of a team that improved its win total from two to seven this year thanks in large part to his emergence during his senior season. The Eagles ran the ball on 66 percent of their offensive plays, and Williams shouldered the load on nearly 69 percent of those carries. The result has been a single-season rushing total (2,102) that ranks ninth in the history of college football.

Heisman moment: The thing about non-quarterbacks is that the opportunities for signature Heisman Moments are so few and far between. If anything, the fact that a running back from a 7-5 team made it to New York says all that needs to be said about just how dominant Williams has been. His three-game stretch from Nov. 9-23 illustrates that as he carried the ball 104 times for a ridiculous 897 yards, nearly every one of which was necessary for Boston College to win each of those three games. Highlights from that stretch include a trucking of NC State safety Josh Stanley and a nasty stiff-arm that sent Maryland defensive back Will Likely flying. Let's see any of the other finalists top those.

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