Nation's leading rusher Andre Williams (shoulder) will play in bowl

By Chip Patterson | Staff Writer

Andre Williams is expected to play in the Eagles' bowl game after an injury on Saturday. (USATSI)
Andre Williams is expected to play in the Eagles' bowl game after an injury on Saturday. (USATSI)

Boston College running back Andre Williams is expected to have a chance to pad his season total of 2,102 yards in the Eagles bowl game, despite suffering an injury in the regular season finale against Syracuse.

NCAA: Most Rushing Yards in Season
Player, TeamYardsYear
Barry Sanders, Oklahoma St.2,6281988
Kevin Smith, UCF2,5672007
Marcus Allen, USC2,3421981
Troy Davis, Iowa St.2,1851996
LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU2,1582000
Mike Rozier, Nebraska2,1481983
Matt Forte, Tulane2,1272007
Ricky Williams, Texas2,1241998
Andre Williams, Boston College2,1022013
Larry Johnson, Penn St.2,0872002
Byron Hanspard, Texas Tech2,0841996

Williams appeared to re-aggravate a shoulder injury that nagged him previously, but the school did not officially disclose the nature of the injury after the game. Getting knocked out of the game resulted in a season-low 29 yards on nine carries; but Eagles coach Steve Addazio said monday that Williams will be "ready to roll" for the bowl game.

"Obviously he had to have X-rays and different things to see the severity of the shoulder injury which occurred very early in the game," Addazio said via the Boston Herald. "It was just an extension of what he had and unfortunately he took a shot right on that spot and then a few more... I'm sure he'll be ready to roll by the time we play a bowl game but we don't know exactly how long that will be."

Williams currently ranks ninth all-time among FBS single-season rushers. Heisman ballots are not due until after the conference championship games, but the senior has already been named a finalists for the Doak Walker Award (nation's best running back) along with Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey and Washington's Bishop Sankey.

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