Top Prospect of Week 12: Boston College RB Andre Williams

Each Wednesday of the college football season Senior Analyst Rob Rang will identify his Prospect of the Week. To qualify, the player must have played a significant role in their team's performance against a quality opponent, demonstrating not only effectiveness as the collegiate level but the rare traits to demand the attention of pro scouts, as well.

Top Prospect of Week 12: Boston College RB Andre Williams

The powerful, determined running of Seattle Seahawks' star Marshawn Lynch has made it fashionable to characterize every physical running back as transitioning into 'Beast Mode' when barreling through a would-be tackler.

Williams certainly looked the part November 16 against North Carolina State, rushing for a staggering 339 yards and two touchdowns to guide the Eagles to bowl eligibility in front of a boisterous and appreciative home crowd celebrating Senior Day.

The six-foot, 227-pound Williams entered the game already leading the country with 1,471 rushing yards. As if his breakout campaign wasn't enough to generate interest from NFL scouts, Williams assured himself of earning their attention by bulldozing through the Wolfpack defense for more yards than any back has rushed in a single game all season long. Even more impressively, Williams' total was more than any other rusher in ACC history.

Boston College's offensive line certainly deserves a great deal of credit for Williams' production. He frequently was able to get to the second level of NC State's defense because their effective blocking, which frequently came off of simple power and counter plays.   

While the blocking was there, Williams' vision, power and underrated burst were the true story behind his success. Williams is a classic downhill runner who lowers his shoulder into defenders, often dragging them for extra yardage or simply breaking through their tackle attempts.

Williams started off the game in impressive fashion, racking up runs of 40 and 27 yards on BC's second series after a three and out on their first try. In the second half, he other big gains of 65 yards and a 34-yard touchdown.

Frankly, Williams was Boston College's only offense for much of the game. Quarterback Chase Rettig completed just eight passes on the day for a total of 53 yards and many of these came off of play-action. 

While Williams was dominant, he wasn't without his mistakes in this contest. Though he showed surprisingly light feet (and a spin move) to avoid trouble, when he's moving laterally, Williams isn't nearly as effective. He also fumbled twice in this contest, though a shoulder injury suffered in the second quarter and a career-high 42 rushing attempts likely played a role in the turnovers.

Williams' broke the school record for rushing yards in a single season on his 65-yard sprint in the fourth quarter. He'll have a chance to add to gaudy totals this weekend when he and the Eagles travel to Maryland.

Prospect of the Week Archives:

Week 1: Alabama WR/RS Christion Jones
Week 2: Miami LB Denzel Perryman
Week 3: Washington RB Bishop Sankey
Week 4: Fresno State QB Derek Carr
Week 5: Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews
Week 6: TCU CB Jason Verrett
Week 7: Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro
Week 8: Florida State OLB Telvin Smith
Week 9: Stanford DE/OLB Trent Murphy
Week 10: Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard
Week 11: Wisconsin ILB Chris Borland

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