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(Pictured Above: Orlando, FL - December 12, 2013 - Walt Disney World: The Doak Walker Award winner Andre Williams during the Home Depot College Football Awards. Photo by Preston C. Mack / ESPN Images 2013, ESPN Inc.)
bceagles.com -- Boston College senior running back Andre Williams has been named the winner of the Doak Walker Award as college football's top running back. The award was presented Thursday evening on ESPN's Home Depot College Football Awards Show in Orlando. Williams becomes BC's first Doak Walker Award recipient.
While accepting the award, Williams credited his teammates and ranked the team's turnaround this season above his individual accomplishments. "It means everything to me, that's what the goal really was, to be part of the BC senior class that brought BC back to prominence."
Williams, who is a finalist for the 2013 Heisman Trophy, registered 329 rushing attempts for 2,102 yards and 17 touchdowns. His 2,102 rushing yards in 12 games represents the ninth greatest rushing season in the history of college football. He leads the nation in most rushing categories, including yards, attempts, yards per game (175.2), 200-yard games (five) and 250-yard games (four).
The Doak Walker Award recognizes the nation's top running back for his accomplishments on the field, in the classroom and in the community. Past recipients include Ron Dayne, Ricky Williams, Eddie George and LaDainian Tomlinson. It is the only major college football award that requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification.
Williams will graduate this month with a degree in applied psychology and human development, a full semester early. He has served as a teaching assistant in a Boston College freshman class, writes poetry, is writing a semi-autobiographical book and has inspired underprivileged youth through BC's Pen Pal program.
Williams will fly to New York Friday morning for two days of activity culminating with the awarding of the 79th annual Heisman Memorial Trophy at 8 p.m. Saturday on ESPN. This past Monday, Williams was named a Heisman finalist along with fellow running back Tre Mason (Auburn) and quarterbacks Jordan Lynch (Northern Illinois), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), A.J. McCarron (Alabama) and Jameis Winston (Florida State).
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).