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Andre Williams Named Finalist for 2013 Heisman Trophy

Senior RB Andre Williams is one of six finalists for the 2013 Heisman Memorial Trophy.

Senior RB Andre Williams is one of six finalists for the 2013 Heisman Memorial Trophy.

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Dec. 9, 2013

Boston College senior running back Andre Williams, the nation's leading rusher, has been selected as a finalist for the 79th annual Heisman Memorial Trophy along with quarterback Jordan Lynch (Northern Illionois), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), running back Tre Mason (Auburn), quarterback A.J. McCarron (Alabama) and quarterback Jameis Winston (Florida State), according to an announcement made by Danny Wuerffel on ESPN's six o'clock EST edition of SportsCenter on behalf of The Heisman Trophy Trust.

The finalists will be invited to New York City for the live Heisman Trophy announcement on Saturday, Dec. 14, airing on ESPN at 8 p.m.

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).

The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. An electorate comprised of 928 sports journalists and every living former Heisman winner determines the finalists and winner.

Williams, an All-ACC first-team honoree, is also a finalist for the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back and Walter Camp Player of the Year. He will travel to Orlando, Fla., for the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards that airs live on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 7 - 9 p.m.

Boston College, which finished the season with a 7-5 record, including a 4-4 mark in conference play, will face Pac-12 representative Arizona (7-5, 4-5 Pac-12) in the 2013 AdvoCare V100 Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 12:30 p.m. EST at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La.

ESPN will televise the game and Sports USA Radio Network will broadcast the game. The Boston College IMG Sports Radio Network will also carry the game.

The AdvoCare V100 Bowl will mark Boston College's first bowl appearance under the direction of first-year head coach Steve Addazio and caps a remarkable turnaround from last season's 2-10 finish. It marks BC's first bowl appearance in the last three years and its 14th in the last 16 seasons.

Andre Williams Teleconference Quotes
12/9/13

On learning that he is a finalist for the Heisman Trophy
"I haven't been able to wrap my mind around it yet. I'm still really blown away by it. I'm still sifting through all the congratulations and phone calls and it's just a really awesome experience. I know it's a big deal but I don't know what the whole experience is going to entail. I'm looking forward to it and looking forward to being around all the other great athletes."

"I just feel blessed to go to the ceremony and be around other great athletes and whoever wins it, congrats to them because it's a monumental achievement and to win it you would've had to deserve it."

On playing in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl
"I'm really excited about it. I think it's an awesome opportunity that we've been handed. The game is going to be played on December 31st, that's primetime and I'm excited about the matchup. I haven't had the chance to play many out-of-conference opponents and it's a big game - ACC vs. Pac 12 and I'm just excited about that."

On QB's winning the most recent Heisman Trophies
"I love being a running back and I love representing running backs. I don't necessarily think it's unfair that it's been quarterbacks high up in the Heisman contention lately because that position is hard to play, it's hard to be good at it, and with the trend towards teams playing a spread offense and throwing the ball more, I think that's one of the factors behind it. You have to have a good quarterback to be able to do that with your offense. Football is a funny game because you can draw up all the X's and O's that you want but it's really an emotional, physical and mental game and you can line up with any type of scheme and it can work if you have the right group of guys. I'm just glad that I've been blessed with a coaching staff and a team that really knows how to win."

On gaining recognition for the Heisman race
"I think part of the reason I made it as a finalist for the Heisman is because I did something outstanding at my position. I rushed for over 2,000 yards and that hasn't really been done very much in the past, but the story within the story is that last year we were a two-win team and this year we have seven wins. We're bowl eligible and we're very capable of getting an eighth win. I think that part of the story is really a benefit for me at this point."

On the possibility of winning the Heisman trophy
"If I win it, I win it, if I don't, I don't. I'm just blessed either way."

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