Running backs coach Al Washington talks to Jayme Parker about the success of the Eagles' run game
Entering his ninth year coaching, his fourth at Boston College and his third as running backs coach
Mentored 2013 Heisman Memorial Trophy finalist and the Atlantic Coast Conference's first Doak Walker Award recipient in running back Andre Williams who became the 16th player in Football Bowl Subdivision history to rush for 2,000 yards in the regular season and who established four of the top-five single-game rushing records in school history in 2013
Coached a running backs corps that contributed to an Eagle rushing attack that averaged 212.5 yards per game, a mark good for second in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 20th among all teams in college football; the average was a 121.5-yard spike from the previous season's average, marking the largest one-year improvement in ACC history
Led the running backs in his season year to improve the rushing average to 254.7 yards per game, second in the conference and 14th in the nation; the yardage total of 3,311 broke BC’s single-season record total
Mentored freshman running back Jon Hilliman, who led the Eagles with 13 rushing touchdowns, set the BC freshman record with 210 carries, finished second on the team with 860 yards and earned All-ACC Third-Team honors and ECAC Co-Rookie of the Year accolades
Instrumental to a program that achieved back-to-back, seven-win seasons in 2013 and 2014 and advanced to the 2013 AdvoCare v100 Independence Bowl and the 2014 New Era Pinstripe Bowl on the heels of a 2-10 campaign in 2012; the five-win improvement from 2012 to 2013 tied for fourth-best in the FBS
Returned to his alma mater as assistant defensive line and assistant special teams coach in 2012
Came to Boston College after serving as linebackers coach at Elon University for one season (2011) under the direction of head coach Jason Swepson. Swepson is a 1992 BC graduate who served as running backs coach at his alma mater for eight seasons (1999-2006).
At Elon he worked with a talented group of linebackers that included 2011 All-American and All-SoCon selection Joshua Jones as well as SoCon All-Freshman Team member Jonathan Spain. Linebacker Jonathan Spain also collected freshman All-America accolades.
Prior to his time at Elon, Washington spent the previous two seasons as the defensive line coach at Slippery Rock University which won 12 games in that span, including a pair of wins against top-25 foes. Coached all PSAC conference defensive ends Pat Marsilio and Jeff Thomspon
Served as North Carolina State University's defensive graduate assistant for one season (2008)
Coached at Division III Rensselaer Polytechnic Institution (RPI) in 2007
Helped lead RPI to an 8-2 record, a Liberty League championship and a berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs;was a member of the 2007 Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year
AS A PLAYER
Was a three-year starter at defensive tackle and four-year lettermen at Boston College (2002-05).
Earned Boston College's Paul Cavanaugh Award in 2006, given annually to the player whose on and off the field accomplishments speak volumes about his commitment, outlook, volunteer work, ethics and work in the community and on the team.
Captured the program's Leadership Award in 2005
Signed with the Canadian Football League's Sakatchewan Roughriders in June 2006. Played one season - 2006 - for the Roughriders; also played for the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Boston College in May 2006.
Originally from Columbus, Ohio.
NOTABLE PROFESSIONALS COACHED
RB Andre Williams (Boston College) NY Giants:
2013 Doak Walker Award recipient and unanimous All-American; BC single-season and career rushing record holder; NY Giants 4th-round draft choice