Andre Williams Named Finalist for 2013 Heisman Trophy
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
On learning that he is a finalist for the Heisman Trophy
"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
On QB's winning the most recent Heisman Trophies
On gaining recognition for the Heisman race
On the possibility of winning the Heisman trophy