Williams Named Doak Walker Semifinalist
Nov. 14, 2013
Boston College senior running back Andre Williams, who leads the nation in rushing yards (1,471) and rushing yards per game (163.4), has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award given annually to college football's top running back, according to an announcement made by the PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors on Thursday.
Williams, a 6-foot, 227-pound product of Schnecksville, Pa., who is averaging 6.0 yards per carry, has rushed for more than 200 yards three times and more than 250 yards twice this season. Most recently, he registered 30 rushing attempts for a school-record 295 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns in the team's 48-34 win at New Mexico State (Nov. 9).
Williams, who also leads all Atlantic Coast Conference running backs (conference games only) in attempts, rushing yards and rushing yards, has already registered the seventh-best rushing total in league history.
His total ranks fourth on Boston College's single-season rushing list, behind former Eagles William Green (1,559; 2001), Derrick Knight (1,721; 2003) and BC single-season record holder Mike Cloud (1,726; 1998).
Members of the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast their votes to determine the 2013 finalists. The three finalists will be named on Monday, Nov. 25. A second vote by the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will determine the recipient. The 2013 Doak Walker Award recipient will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 12, on ESPN.
The Award is named after three-time SMU All-America running back and 1948 Heisman Trophy winner Doak Walker. Walker, who also punted, returned kicks and kicked extra points, led the Mustangs to two Southwest Conference Championships. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions and led the league in scoring his rookie year. During his six years with the Lions, he led the team to two NFL championships and was chosen All-Pro four times. Walker is a member of both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame.
Next, Boston College (5-4, 2-3 ACC) hosts conference opponent NC State (3-6, 0-6 ACC) on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 12:30 p.m. The game will be carried live by the ACC Regional Sports Network.