Boston College running back Andre Williams, the nation’s leading rusher who averaged 175.2 yards per game this season, was named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, awarded annually to the nation’s best college football player.
Williams will be invited to New York along with Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, the presumptive favorite, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, Auburn running back Tre Mason, Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, for Saturday’s award presentation at the Marriott Marquis Hotel.
Williams, a 6-foot, 227-pound senior from Schnecksville, Pa., established school and Atlantic Coast Conference single-season and career rushing records by carrying 329 times for 2,102 yards and 17 touchdowns this season in leading BC to a 7-5 season and a berth opposite the University of Arizona of the Pac-12 Conference in Dec. 31 Advocare V100 Bowl in Shreveport, La.
Williams became the 16th player in FBS history to rush for 2,000 yards in one season, submitting a performance that ranked ninth best in the history of college football. Only four Heisman Trophy winners have ever had a better statistical season better than Willliams’: Barry Sanders, Marcus Allen, Mike Rozier and Ricky Williams.