With one game left in his Boston College career, Andre Williams has switched from carrying the football to carrying off awards.
On Tuesday, the Eagles senior running back was named a member of the Associated Press’s All-America first team. Last week, Williams won the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s best running back and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.
The Heisman winner, Florida State freshman quarterback Jameis Winston, was also named to the All-America team, as was fellow finalist Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois. The dual-threat quarterback was chosen as an all-purpose player.
Rounding out the backfield was junior Ka’Deem Carey, a returning All-America running back from Arizona. Carey, who led the nation in rushing last year with 1,929 yards, was second this year (1,716) behind Williams (2,102). Both backs ran for 17 TDs.
Carey and Williams will be on the same field in two weeks when Arizona (7-5) and Boston College (7-5) meet in the Advocare V100 Bowl in Shreveport, La., on Dec. 31. It will mark the first time since the 1977 Rose Bowl that two players named first-team AP All-American at running back face off in a bowl. That game featured Michigan’s Rob Lytle and Southern California’s Ricky Bell.
Repeating on the first team along with Carey were Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton. Mosley, a senior, was the leading tackler for a defense that ranked fifth in the country in yards allowed per game, while Sutton, also a senior, was named Pac-12 defensive player of the year for the second straight season.
Winston was joined by three teammates from top-ranked Florida State: center Bryan Stork, kicker Roberto Aguayo, and cornerback Lamarcus Joyner.
Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, last year’s Heisman winner, made the AP’s second team, and Alabama’s AJ McCarron was the third-team quarterback for the second consecutive season.
Williams was also named a first-team All-American by SI.com and CBS Sports.com. Williams had the ninth-best rushing season in college football as he needed just 10 games to break the BC single-season rushing record set by Mike Cloud (1,726) in 1998.
On campus, Williams and wide receiver Alex Amidon shared the Scanlan Award — BC’s highest football honor — as the seniors who best exemplify the ideals of Tom Scanlan (Class of 1920).
Amidon is the Eagles’ career receiving yards leader (2,671) after making 67 receptions this season for 903 yards and five TDs.
Linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis and quarterback Chase Rettig shared the William J. Flynn award as the team’s most valuable players.