05/11/2014 - A closer look at the Giants' picks: Round 4/113 -- Andre Williams, RB, 5-11, 230, Boston College...With David Wilson's future in jeopardy, the Giants continued to protect themselves at the running back spot by adding Williams, who last season averaged 6.1 yards per carry (355 rushes for 2,177 yards) and 18 touchdowns. While not much of a pass receiver-he has just 10 catches out of the backfield in his four-year collegiate career-Williams believes he can rise to the occasion not just as a tough inside runner but also as a pass blocker. Williams could very well prove to be the steal of the draft for the Giants. - The Sports Xchange
05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 86/5. Andre Williams, RB, Boston College, 5-11, 230, 4.50, 3...Williams emerged as a senior when he led the nation in rushing yards with 2,177, the 16th player in FBS history to hit the 2k mark. However, he was more of a strong, reliable opportunist than a dazzling stylist as he maximized huge openings behind great blocking. Frankly: Well-built, focused, powerful runner with instincts and toughness to keep the chains moving or run out the clock, but a mystery as a receiver after catching only 10 passes in four years of college. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com
04/29/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Running Backs: Andre Williams, Boston College, 5-11, 230, 4.56...Williams emerged as a senior when he led the nation in rushing yards with 2,177, the 16th player in FBS history to hit the 2k mark. However, he was more of a strong, reliable opportunist than a dazzling stylist as he maximized huge openings behind great blocking. Frankly: Well-built, focused, powerful runner with instincts and toughness to keep the chains moving or run out the clock, but a mystery as a receiver after catching only 10 passes in four years of college. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
04/29/2014 - Five players who should be on the St. Louis Rams' draft radar: RB Andre Williams, Boston College: The selection of Austin a year ago was hailed as innovative by some but Fisher and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer didn't show much creativity in using the former West Virginia superstar. A tiger, essentially, doesn't change its stripes. Both coaches have shown a preference for a ball-control, run-heavy offense with occasional deep shots down the field in the past and to do that they must run the ball effectively. Zac Stacy is a solid runner capable of performing in precisely this role and his fit was hardly a surprise. Stacy does not possess the 5-foot-11, 230 pound Williams' bullish power and ability to wear down a defense. The two working in tandem could give St. Louis the running game to help ease the pressure on Bradford. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/26/2014 - Former Boston College running back Andre Williams burst onto the scene last season, becoming a Heisman Trophy finalist. Now, he's hoping he impressed NFL scouts with a faster 40-yard dash than he had last month at the scouting combine. Williams and about a dozen other Eagles prospects were part of the school's pro day on Wednesday under a temporary bubble at Alumni Stadium. Williams, the Doak Walker winner who set the school's single-season rushing records with 2,177 yards on 355 carries, wanted to show NFL scouts that his workouts are paying off. "Today, for me, I really wanted to improve on my 40 and just perform better at catching the ball," he said. "I think I did very well on both of those and it was a good day for me."
The 6-foot, 227-pound back is a punishing runner with a burst of speed. "Obviously, what I've said all along is he's a tremendous kid, high caliber, a good guy and a BC graduate. A tremendous worker on the field," BC coach Steve Addazio said. "A lot of NFL teams are looking for big strong running backs, first and second-down running backs that can pass protect. He's tremendous in pass protection and can stop a linebacker on a dime. He can get that four-yard carry for you and he has home run hitting capability, and I think that's what makes him very attractive." - AP Sports
01/10/2014 - According to a report in AL.com, Boston College senior running back Andre Williams has withdrawn from the Senior Bowl due to an injury; presumably the same shoulder injury that forced the Doak Walker Award winner and Heisman finalist to leave the second half of the Syracuse game. Also have to wonder whether Williams was 100 percent healed during the Eagles' AdvoCare V100 'Independence' Bowl matchup with Arizona. Only seven of the running back's 26 carries came (early) in the second half and Williams was later spelled by freshmen Myles Willis and Tyler Rouse midway through the fourth quarter. Williams will no doubt have a number of workouts scheduled in the coming weeks, including the NFL's Scouting Combine in February, so he may be sitting out the Senior Bowl to avoid re-aggravating that shoulder injury initially sustained during his 42 carry, 339 yard rushing performance vs. N.C. State. Unfortunately for Eagles fans, this means we've seen Williams play his last college football game. - Brian Favat, BC Interruption
12/31/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Boston College RB Andre Williams, one of six Heisman finalists, will like taking aim at a smallish Arizona 3-3-5 defense. He likes to lower his shoulder and level defenders in the open field. Williams has five games of more than 200 yards this season, including 339 vs. North Carolina State. His 2,102 yards are above reproach. - The Sports Xchange
12/26/2013 - CBSSPORTS.COM ALL-AMERICANS: FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE AS NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS: RB - Andre Williams, Sr., Boston College: With only 584 rushing yards a year ago, Williams entered 2013 with low expectations and an undrafted grade by most pro teams. But he stepped up in a big way this season and helped his NFL evaluation, proving to be a workhorse with over 2,100 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. Williams, who recorded four 250-plus rushing yard performances as a senior, isn't the fastest or most elusive ball-carrier, but he is effective with patience and brute power to deliver hits. He should be one of the top senior backs drafted, probably a borderline top-100 prospect. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/13/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB-Andre Williams (UNANIMOUS), Sr., Boston College (39)...Williams, a 6-foot, 227-pound senior, played in all 12 games and recorded an ACC-record 2,102 rushing yards on 329 carriers, marking the ninth-best rushing season in the history of college football. He finished the regular season ranked first among all FBS running backs in the country in rushing yards per game (175.2) and broke Boston College's single-season rushing record formerly held by Mike Cloud (1,726; 1998) in 10 games. - Boston College football
12/13/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: RB Andre Williams, Boston College, 6-0 227, Sr., Schnecksville, PA...Williams, who is a finalist for the 2013 Heisman Trophy, registered 329 rushing attempts for 2,102 yards and 17 touchdowns. His 2,102 rushing yards in 12 games represents the ninth greatest rushing season in the history of college football. He leads the nation in most rushing categories, including yards, attempts, yards per game (175.2), 200-yard games (five) and 250-yard games (four). - Boston College football
12/12/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD FINALIST: Boston College RB Andre Williams...Williams has registered 329 rushing attempts for 2,102 yards and 17 touchdowns in 12 games this fall. His 2,102 rushing yards in 12 games represents the ninth greatest rushing season in the history of college football. Williams leads the nation in most rushing categories, including yards, attempts, yards per game (175.2), 200-yard games (five) and 250-yard games (four). - Boston College football
12/12/2013 - 2013 DOAK WALKER AWARD WINNER (TOP RUNNING BACK): Andre Williams, Boston College...Boston College senior running back Andre Williams has been named the winner of the Doak Walker Award as college football's top running back. The award was presented Thursday evening on ESPN's Home Depot College Football Awards Show in Orlando. Williams becomes BC's first Doak Walker Award recipient. While accepting the award, Williams credited his teammates and ranked the team's turnaround this season above his individual accomplishments. "It means everything to me, that's what the goal really was, to be part of the BC senior class that brought BC back to prominece."
Williams, who is a finalist for the 2013 Heisman Trophy, registered 329 rushing attempts for 2,102 yards and 17 touchdowns. His 2,102 rushing yards in 12 games represents the ninth greatest rushing season in the history of college football. He leads the nation in most rushing categories, including yards, attempts, yards per game (175.2), 200-yard games (five) and 250-yard games (four). - Boston College football
12/12/2013 - 2013 DOAK WALKER AWARD FINALIST (TOP RUNNING BACK): Andre Williams, Boston College...Williams has registered 329 rushing attempts for 2,102 yards and 17 touchdowns in 12 games this fall. His 2,102 rushing yards in 12 games represents the ninth greatest rushing season in the history of college football. Williams leads the nation in most rushing categories, including yards, attempts, yards per game (175.2), 200-yard games (five) and 250-yard games (four). Williams is the second player in school history that will travel to New York for the Heisman Trophy announcement, joining former Eagle quarterback Doug Flutie - the 1984 Heisman Trophy recipient and a two-time finalist for college football's top individual accolade. - Boston College football
12/09/2013 - 2013 HEISMAN TROPHY FINALIST: Boston College senior RB Andre Williams...A 6-foot, 227-pound running back from Schnecksville, Pa., Williams has registered 329 rushing attempts for 2,102 yards and 17 touchdowns in 12 games this fall. His 2,102 rushing yards in 12 games represents the ninth greatest rushing season in the history of college football. Williams leads the nation in most rushing categories, including yards, attempts, yards per game (175.2), 200-yard games (five) and 250-yard games (four).
Williams is the second player in school history that will travel to New York for the Heisman Trophy announcement, joining former Eagle quarterback Doug Flutie - the 1984 Heisman Trophy recipient and a two-time finalist for college football's top individual accolade. Flutie traveled to New York in 1983 and finished third in the balloting in 1983 prior to capturing the honor in 1984. A total of four Boston College football players (prior to Williams) have finished in the top-10 in the final balloting: Mike Holovak (fourth, 1942), Flutie (first, 1984; third 1983), Glenn Foley (fifth, 1993) and Matt Ryan (seventh, 2007). - Boston College football
12/04/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): RB Andre Williams, Boston College, 6-0, 220, Sr., Schnecksville, Pa. (195)...Williams, a 6-foot, 227-pound senior, played in all 12 games and recorded an ACC-record 2,102 rushing yards on 329 carriers, marking the ninth-best rushing season in the history of college football. He finished the regular season ranked first among all FBS running backs in the country in rushing yards per game (175.2) and broke Boston College's single-season rushing record formerly held by Mike Cloud (1,726; 1998) in 10 games. - Boston College football
12/03/2013 - Nation's leading rusher Andre Williams (shoulder) will play in bowl...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. 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. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
12/01/2013 - Boston College tailback Andre Williams, the nation's leading rusher, was injured Saturday in the third quarter against Syracuse. Held to 24 yards on 8 carries in the first half, Williams was hit hard on a run early in the third quarter and went to the locker room. There was no word from the team on his status. Williams had averaged 299 yards rushing the past three games to put him at 2,073 yards and ramp up the Heisman Trophy talk for the senior. He had 29 yards on 9 carries when he was hurt. - AP Sports
11/29/2013 - Boston College's Andre Williams wasn't regarded among the top running backs in the Atlantic Coast Conference, let alone the nation, when the season started. Williams is beginning to receive mention as a Heisman Trophy candidate after he followed a 339-yard outburst against North Carolina State with 263 yards against Maryland on Saturday. The 6-foot, 227-pound senior has gone for more than 250 yards three consecutive weeks and is the 16th player in NCAA history to surpass 2,000 yards in a season.
His 188.5 yards a game leads the nation. Ka'Deem Carey of Arizona is next at 155.9 a game. Williams finishes the regular season against Syracuse, which held Pittsburgh to 21 yards on 27 rushes in a 17-16 loss Saturday. That's not to say Williams won't put up big numbers this week. Florida State averaged almost 12 yards a carry while running for 225 yards against Syracuse on Nov. 16, and Georgia Tech ran for 394 yards against the Orange a month ago. - AP Sports
11/29/2013 - WEEK 13 ACC OFFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Andre Williams, Boston College, Sr., RB, 6-0, 227, Schnecksville, Pa,...Williams carried 32 times for 263 yards and two touchdowns in Boston College's 29-26 ACC win at Maryland, marking the senior's fifth 200-plus yard rushing effort of the season. Williams brought the visiting Eagles within four points on a 72-yard touchdown run with 10:33 left in the fourth quarter. Later, with the score tied at 26 with less than one minute remaining, he rushed 36 yards to the Maryland 37 yard-line to set up Nate Freese's game-winning field goal. Williams lifted his 11-game season total to 320 carries for 2,073 yards and 16 touchdowns to become the 16th running back in FBS history - and first since Connecticut's Donald Brown in 2008 (2,083) - to record 2,000 rushing yards in a season. - ACC football
11/29/2013 - 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. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
11/29/2013 - Top Prospect of Week 12: Boston College RB Andre Williams...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. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
11/29/2013 - WEEK 13 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Andre Williams, Boston College, rushed for 263 yards to become the 16th player in NCAA history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season in the Eagles' 29-26 comeback victory over Maryland. - AP Sports
11/24/2013 - Andre Williams rushed for 263 yards to become the 16th player in NCAA history to top 2,000 in a single season, and Nate Freese kicked a second-chance, 52-yard field goal as time expired to give Boston College a 29-26 comeback victory over Maryland on Saturday. Williams scored two touchdowns and now has 2,073 yards on the ground this year. His 36-yard run in the closing seconds set up Freese's game winner. Freese was wide left on his first try, but Maryland coach Randy Edsall called a timeout just before the kick. Given a second opportunity, Freese put the ball through the uprights with the wind at his back.
That gave Boston College (7-4, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) its fourth straight win. It was the final ACC home game for the Terrapins, who will move to the Big Ten next season. Maryland (6-5, 2-5) wraps up its ACC schedule next week at North Carolina State. The Eagles trailed 24-13 before Williams ran 72 yards for a touchdown, a jaunt that moved him over the 2,000-mark. Maryland appeared poised for the clinching score when running back Jacquille Veii lost a fumble at the Boston College 7. Chase Rettig then threw to a wide open Alex Amidon for a 74-yard score to make it 26-24. - AP Sports
11/21/2013 - WEEK 12 SENIOR BOWL COLLEGE SENIOR OF THE WEEK: Any time your name is being thrown around with the likes of Barry Sanders, you know you're doing something right. Boston College running back Andre Williams continued to gash opposing defenses on Saturday, shredding North Carolina state for an ACC-record 339 yards and 2 TD in a 38-21 win. He is on pace to have the best season by a college running back since 2007 and to finish the year with 2,353 yards, third best of all time behind UCF's Kevin Smith and Oklahoma State's Barry Sanders.
Williams has 1,810 yards and is averaging 181 yards per game, which is 31 yards better than his nearest competior, Ka'Deem Carey of Arizona. For his efforts Saturday, Williams is the Reese's Senior Bowl College Senior of the Week. Williams has topped the 200-yard mark four times this season and is averaging 243 yards per game over his last four contests - 317 yards over his last two games. If he can hit the 190-yard mark this weekend against Maryland, he'll eclipse the 2,000 yard mark in just 11 games. - SeniorBowl.com
11/21/2013 - Boston College running back Andre Williams started this season with a goal of surpassing 1,000 yards rushing. He blew past that in Week 7. From there, Williams has continued to knock down the records as if they were defensive backs trying to arm-tackle him in the open field: BC's single-game rushing record, the school's single-season mark, his own single-game record again, and then the Atlantic Coast Conference records for a game and a season. "It does astound me," Williams said on Monday, two days after running for a record 339 yards on 42 carries in a 38-21 victory over North Carolina State. "There's no way I could have foreseen my season turning out this way."
A soft-spoken senior who had gained 1,562 yards -- total -- in his first three seasons, Williams has been the biggest force behind the turnaround that brought BC from a two-win team to bowl-eligible in just one year. The Eagles qualified for the postseason on Saturday when Williams scored twice and also had a 65-yard run in which he broke four tackles before the ball was knocked out of his hands at the goal line.
At the end of the game, with BC trying to run out the clock, they gave the ball to Williams on every play until he broke free for a 34-yard touchdown run. "We're on the sideline, we're jumping out of our seats," said linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis, who said the defensive players have come to appreciate how Williams controls the game. - AP Sports
11/21/2013 - The senior running back class is one of the weakest in recent memory, but two prospects have helped themselves as much as anyone this season: Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde and Boston College running back Andre Williams. Both have appeared on this weekly feature in the past as players who have helped themselves, but they continue to boost their draft stock as the season stretches into mid-November. The running back position will be dominated by underclassmen in the early rounds, but both Hyde and Williams are top-three senior running backs in my opinion.
Hyde rushed for a career-best 246 yards Saturday against Illinois, averaging 10.3 yards per carry and finishing with five total touchdowns. His game film the past few years was average at best and he appeared to be nothing more than a late rounder entering the season, but he has been extremely impressive in 2013, running with purpose, decisiveness and hunger. Hyde is currently my No. 2 senior running back and is 53 rushing yards away from becoming the first running back under Urban Meyer to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
11/21/2013 - It won't get the buzz that you have for the Heisman Trophy but the race for the Doak Walker Award is heating up. Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey cranked out his 13th consecutive 100-game Saturday, but BC's Andre Williams is on a rampage the past month and just pounded NC State for 339 yards. He has now run for 972 yards in the Eagles' past four games and what makes Williams' production that much more impressive is that he's doing so in an offense that otherwise is completely average.
Defenses are keying on Williams and the guy is still hammering people. Oh, and Williams also dented the outstanding FSU defense for 149 rushing yards and 5.3 yards per carry. "He is a stud," said NC State D-line coach Ryan Nielsen on Sunday morning. "He just runs so hard. The guy has great feet and he's physical. He probably broke 15 tackles. He runs downhill and they have a really physical O-line." - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
11/21/2013 - WEEK 12 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Andre Williams, Boston College, ran for a school-record 339 yards and eclipsed the single-season mark, leading the Eagles to a 38-21 victory over North Carolina State. - AP Sports
11/18/2013 - WEEK 12 ACC OFFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Andre Williams, Boston College, Sr., RB, 6-0, 227, Schnecksville, Pa,...Williams carried 42 times for an ACC single-game-record 339 yards and two touchdowns in Boston College's 38-21 home victory over NC State on Saturday. Williams' 339 rushing yards against the Wolfpack also represents the highest single-game rushing performance in the FBS this season.
Williams broke the previous ACC single-game record of 329 yards set by Wake Forest's John Leach against Maryland in 1993. Through 10 games in 2013, Williams has recorded 288 carries for an ACC and Boston College single-season record 1,810 yards. Williams surpassed the previous ACC mark of 1,798 yards set by Thomas Jones of Virginia in 1999 and the previous Boston College record of 1,726 set by Mike Cloud in 1998. - ACC football
11/18/2013 - WEEK 12 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: ANDRE WILLIAMS, BOSTON COLLEGE, Senior, Running Back, Schnecksville, PA/Parkland...Running back Andre Williams set an Atlantic Coast Conference single-game record with 339 yards rushing on 42 carries as Boston College became bowl-eligible with a 38-21 victory over North Carolina State. Williams' 339 yards are also the most in the FBS this season.
Williams scored two touchdowns (17 and 34 yards) and also set BC's season rushing record (he now has 1,810 yards). With the win, the Eagles improved to 6-4, 3-3 in the ACC. Williams is the fourth BC player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors, and the first since former Eagle running back Montel Williams (Oct. 18, 2009). - The Walter Camp Football Foundation
11/16/2013 - Andre Williams ran for 339 yards to break Boston College's single-season and single-game rushing records, leading the Eagles to a 38-21 victory over North Carolina State on Saturday and helping them qualify for a bowl game for the first time in three seasons. Williams ran for more than 100 yards in the first quarter, and early in the fourth secured his fourth 200-yard game this season. He broke Mike Cloud's school record on a strange play in the fourth when he got loose on a 65-yard run but fumbled just before the goal line.
Williams hit 300 yards on a 5-yard run in the final minutes to break the single-game record of 295 he set last week against New Mexico State. On his school record-tying 42nd carry of the day, he scored on a 34-yard touchdown run. With the win, the Eagles (6-4, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) became bowl-eligible in Steve Addazio's first season as head coach. The 339 rushing yards for Williams, who entered the day as the nation's leading rusher, is an ACC record and the most in an FBS game this season. BC placekicker Nate Freese also had a record-setting day, converting three field goals and three extra points to become the school's all-time leading scorer with 299 points. - AP Sports
11/09/2013 - Boston College tailback Andre Williams scored on two long runs in the fourth quarter Saturday to help the Eagles pull away from a stubborn New Mexico State team and escape with a 48-34 victory at Aggie Memorial Stadium. Williams, the leading rusher in the ACC and No. 2 in the FBS in yards per game, finished with 30 carries for 295 yards and two touchdowns. His two biggest, though, were the scoring runs that came on plays of 80 and 47 yards, both with less than a minute to go in the game, and broke a 34-34 tie.
Boston College (5-4) won for the second week in a row, following a win against Virginia Tech last week. However, it wasn't easy against NMSU (1-9), which has lost two in a row and whose only win this season has come against Abilene Christian. BC needs one more win to become bowl eligible. In the first-ever meeting between the teams, the Eagles led only 20-17 at the half and 27-24 going into the fourth quarter. - AP Sports
11/04/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT: WEEK 10 STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES: RB Andre Williams, Boston College...One of 10 running backs at the FBS-level who have already eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark, Williams has been a workhorse for Boston College this season and scouts have taken notice. He toted the rock 33 times for 166 yards in the Eagles 34-27 win over Virginia Tech on Saturday and it was his 62-yard scamper late in the fourth quarter that was the difference. Williams is thickly-put-together with terrific balance to pick up yards after contact, lowering his pads and driving forward for every yard he can gain.
He is a little bit of a slow starter and needs a few steps to get going, but shows good build up speed and enough quickness to pick his way through the crowd. Williams needs to improve his reliability in pass protection and is unproven as a pass-catcher (zero receptions in 2013), but his production and grind-it-out determination is impressive. Scouts are understandably cautious about a running back with his durability history, but I think there is a good chance Williams ends up as one of the top-five senior running backs drafted, likely on the day three. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
11/02/2013 - Boston College took advantage of four second-half Virginia Tech turnovers in a 34-27 victory Saturday at Alumni Stadium. The Eagles scored 17 second-half points off of two interceptions and two fumbles by Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas. BC senior linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis returned the second of those interceptions 33 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with seven minutes to play.
Eagles running back Andre Williams, the ACC's leading rusher, had 166 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries. His 62-yard touchdown run with 4:35 left sealed the victory. It was Williams' longest run of the season. The Eagles (4-4, 2-3 ACC) broke a five-game losing streak against the Hokies (6-3, 3-2), who have lost two straight heading into next week's road contest with Miami. Thomas passed for a career-high 391 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for a team-high 38 yards to break the school's career total yardage mark. He now has 9,463 yards for his career, putting him ahead of Tyrod Taylor, who had 9,213 from 2007-10. - The Sports Xchange
10/07/2013 - WEEK 6 NCAA NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: For a few seconds, Andre Williams shared Boston College's single-game rushing record. On his next play, he lost a yard. He didn't carry the ball again. Williams entered the game as the Atlantic Coast Conference rushing leader with 515 yards and 128.8 per game then built on that with the best performance of his career. The senior scored on runs of 34, 1, 37 and 3 yards before capping his scoring with another 34-yarder early in the fourth quarter as Boston College took a three-touchdown lead. He carried the ball 30 times. - NCAA.com
10/07/2013 - WEEK 6 CBSSPORTS.COM NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Boston College running back Andre Williams...The government shutdown did not stop Army from traveling to Boston College, but the Black Knights might have rather stayed home if they knew what Andre Williams had in store on Saturday. Williams carried the ball 30 times for 263 yards and five touchdowns in the Eagles' 48-27 win, leading all rushers in FBS for the week and tying a single-game school record for rushing touchdowns. Boston College needed every carry from Williams, as the Black Knights finished with 427 total yards of offense themselves and even held a lead in the third quarter. - CBSSports.com
10/07/2013 - Boston College coach Steve Addazio keeps telling Andre Williams not to change a thing, not after rushing for a career-high 263 yards in his last game and tying a school record with five touchdowns. "It's really gone as good as it can go," he told his running back, who wants to add a visor to his helmet to help keep debris out of his eyes. "You had the best rushing day of your entire career, maybe you ought to keep it that way."
The No. 1 running back in Football Bowl Subdivision with 153.6 yards per game, Williams ran for 263 yards and five touchdowns in Saturday's 48-27 victory over Army. The victory gave the Eagles a 3-2 record - topping their win total from all of last season - heading into this weekend's game at No. 3 Clemson. "Well, he has to be" leading the nation, coach Steve Addazio said on Monday. "For us to have success right now, that's what he has to be."
Williams actually matched the BC record of 264 yards rushing on a 3-yard run with about 10 minutes left in the game before losing a yard on the next play. Addazio took him out after that series, hoping to avoid injury. Although the coach wasn't aware how close Williams was to the record, he said he's not sure he would have done anything differently if he had known. "Not that I wouldn't want him to have it. I pulled him out because I didn't want to get him hurt," Addazio said Monday. "For me to risk one of our top players, I don't know. ... I'm more interested in winning, and I'm more interested in the team. And so is Andre. - AP Sports
10/05/2013 - For a few seconds, Andre Williams shared Boston College's single-game rushing record. On his next play, he lost a yard. He didn't carry the ball again. Oh, well. He shrugged it off like he did Army's defenders. "I don't necessarily care too much about the records," Williams said after rushing for 263 yards and tying a school record by running for five touchdowns to lead BC to a 48-27 victory over Army on Saturday. "I have seven more weeks to get it."
The Eagles (3-2) have one more win than they did all last season and have seven games left, starting with a trip to No. 3 Clemson. Saturday's game was played after the Department of Defense announced that football games involving service academies could be played while the partial government shutdown is in effect. "A non-issue," Army coach Rich Ellerson said. "The guys are too busy to spend a bunch of time around the water cooler talking about what might happen this weekend."
Williams entered the game as the Atlantic Coast Conference rushing leader with 515 yards and 128.8 per game then built on that with the best performance of his career. The senior scored on runs of 34, 1, 37 and 3 yards before capping his scoring with another 34-yarder early in the fourth quarter as Boston College took a three-touchdown lead. He carried the ball 30 times. BC's single-game rushing record of 264 yards was set by Montel Harris in 2009 against North Carolina State. He also rushed for five touchdowns in that game. - AP Sports
09/11/2013 - Scouting the Boston College running game: Andre Williams left, Andre Williams right, Andre Williams straight ahead. The senior ran for a career-high 204 yards and a touchdown on 35 carries in last week's win over Wake Forest. He was named ACC offensive back of the week for his efforts and now faces a USC defense that has allowed a net of just 30 yards (and didn't allow a touchdown in last week's loss to Washington State) in going 1-1 over the first two weeks. The Eagles hoped to go back to a smash-mouth attack, and Williams is the perfect runner for it. Now, we just have to see if he can hold up under the workload. - The Sports Xchange
09/11/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Andre Williams didn't practice leading up to the Wake Forest game because of a hamstring strain and then played in the game with a head cold and lingering effects of the leg. He rushed for a career-high 204 yards and a touchdown in the 24-10 win. "Andre knew it was important for him to overcome the hamstring strain that he had and have the night that he had," said coach Steve Addazio. "To his credit, he did it, and it was important because the team was counting on him." Williams, averaging 159 yards per game over the first two games, leads the ACC and is fourth in the nation in rushing yards per game. He now faces a USC defense that has allowed a net of 30 yards in its first two games (11 sacks lowers the rush total). - The Sports Xchange
09/11/2013 - RB Andre Williams didn't practice all week leading up to the Wake Forest game because of a hamstring strain and then played the game with a head cold. The game was on Friday night, giving Williams an extra day to recover before this week's game at USC. Williams (offensive back) and CB Bryce Jones (defensive back) were named players of the week by the ACC. - The Sports Xchange
09/09/2013 - ACC WEEK 2 OFFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Andre Williams, Sr., RB, Boston College, 6-0, 227, Schnecksville, Pa.,...Williams rushed 35 times for a career-high 204 yards and one touchdown in Boston College's 24-10 ACC home victory over Wake Forest on Friday night at Alumni Stadium, marking his second straight 100-plus yard rushing performance this season and the seventh of his 36-game collegiate career.
His 204 yards on the ground surpassed Williams' previous rushing high of 191 yards on Oct. 6, 2012 at Army and marked the first Boston College tailback to rush for 200 or more yards since Rolandan Finch recorded 243 yards against Maryland in 2011. Williams' 204 yards in a single game ranks 12th on the school's all-time list. Through two games, the senior running back leads the ACC in rushing attempts (58), rushing yards (318) and yards per game (159.0). Williams ranks fourth among all running backs in the nation in rushing yards per game. - ACC football
09/06/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: In Boston College's 24-14 season-opening home win over Villanova, senior WR and Biletnikoff Award candidate Alex Amidon had 13 catches for 146 yards and a touchdown, quarterback Chase Retting completed 23 of 30 passes for 285 yards and two TDs and TB Andre Williams ran for 114 yards on 23 carries for the Eagles, who picked off Villanova QB John Robertson three times and secured their victory over the Wildcats on a LB Josh Keyes sack and forced fumble that was recovered by DE Kasim Edebali in the fourth quarter. - Boston College football
09/06/2013 - Andre Williams ran 35 times for 204 yards and a touchdown, and cornerback Bryce Jones had an interception and a fumble recovery to lead Boston College to a 24-10 victory over Wake Forest on Friday night. Alex Amidon caught five passes for 93 yards and a touchdown for BC (2-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Eagles matched their victory total from last season, when Frank Spaziani was fired and replaced by Steve Addazio.
Michael Campanaro caught five passes for 86 yards and a touchdown for Wake Forest (1-1, 0-1). Tanner Price completed 18 of 30 passes for 191 yards, but he also threw an interception and had a hand in two poor pitches that led to fumbles deep in Demon Deacons territory. Kevin Pierre-Louis had 11 tackles for Boston College, and Steele Divitto and Steven Daniels had 10 apiece. Chase Rettig completed 7 of 14 passes for 123 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Wake Forest, coming off a 31-7 victory over FCS opponent Presbyterian, was sloppy early to help the Eagles take a 17-7 halftime lead. - AP Sports
08/22/2013 - AREAS OF CONCERN: You name it, really, except for K Nate Freese and return man Spiffy Evans, both solid in their spots. The offense was 115th in the country in rushing and 99th overall last season, and that was with the passing game a respectable 45th. There is a lack of depth at running back, where Andre Williams has to hold up, and there's no experience at tight end. On defense, the Eagles were No. 111 against the rush and 75th overall, but there are four seniors in the front seven and that could help. The punter is new and therefore a concern. - The Sports Xchange
07/18/2013 - 2013 DOAK WALKER AWARD WATCH LIST: Andre Williams (Sr.), Boston College...Williams is a 6-foot, 227-pound running back from Schnecksville, Pa., who has played in 34 career games. He has carried the ball 349 times for 1,577 yards (4.5 yards per carry) and 10 touchdowns. As a junior last fall, Williams led the team with 130 rushing attempts for 599 yards and four touchdowns, which included a career-high 196-yard rushing performance at Army. - Boston College football
06/27/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: RBs Tahj Kimble and Andre Williams both had their seasons ended early by injury and both return next season. Williams led BC runners with 584 yards, including a 99-yard touchdown run against Army. - The Sports Xchange