Williams Captures Unanimous All-America Status
Dec. 18, 2013
Boston College senior Andre Williams has earned American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and Football Writers' Association of America (FWAA) All-America first-team honors, while senior place-kicker Nate Freeseearned FWAA All-America second-team honors, the organizations announced on Wednesday.
Williams, who is also a first-team All-America selection by the Associated Press, Walter Camp Football Foundation and the Sporting News, earned first-team All-America status on all five postseason squads officially acknowledged to achieve unanimous status. A complete list of Williams - and all BC football players - awards is located below.
Williams is the 12th player in school history to earn consensus All-America honors, joining defensive end Luke Urban (1920), defensive end Gene Goodreault (1940), running back Mike Holovak (1942), quarterback Doug Flutie (1984), defensive back Tony Thurman (1984), nose tackle Mike Ruth (1985), tight end Pete Mitchell (1994), running back Mike Cloud (1998), running back William Green (2001), defensive back Jamie Silva (2007) and linebacker Luke Kuechly(2010, 2011).
Williams led the nation in rushing yards (2,102), rushing attempts (329), yards per game (175.2), 200-yard games (five) and 250-yard games (four), earning him the Doak Walker Award. His 2,102 rushing yards in 12 games represents the ninth greatest rushing season in the history of college football.
The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and is chosen exclusively by coaches themselves. The FWAA 70th All-America Team is the second-longest continuously-published team in major college football.
Freese, a 5-foot-11, 192-pound senior, finished the season a perfect 18-for-18 in field goal attempts. He is one of only three FBS place-kickers without a missed field goal in 2013. The Strongsville, Ohio native became Boston College's all-time leader in field goals (68) and points (317). One of the most accurate kickers in the country, Freese is 35-of-37 (94.6 percent) in field goal attempts in the last two seasons. Freese is one of only seven FBS specialists in the country who handles all three duties on special teams.
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. The Advocare V100 Bowl will mark the first time in the modern era (since 1980 when AP selected two first-team running backs) the AP's All-American running backs face off in a bowl. For tickets and travel information, visit: http://www.bceagles.com/BowlCentral.html.
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 Addazioand 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.
BOSTON COLLEGE FOOTBALL - 2013 INDIVIDUAL AWARDS & HONORS
Steve Addazio, HEAD COACH
Alex Amidon, JR., WR
Don Brown, DEFENSIVE COORD.
STALIN COLINET, `96
MIKE CLOUD, `98
Ryan Day, OFFENSIVE COORD.
Steele Divitto, SR., LB
Kasim Edebali, SR., DE
Nate Freese, SR., PK
Andy Gallik, JR., C
All-Atlantic Coast Conference - third team (ACSMA)
Bryce Jones, SO., DB
Matt Patchan, SR., OL
Kevin Pierre-Louis, JR., LB
Ian White, SR., OL
Andre Williams, SR., RB