Eagles Keep On Running

PHOTO: Boston College quarterback, Tyler Murphy
Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Phillips, Special to theACC.com

As an NFL rookie with the New York Giants, running back Andre Williams has begun to show the form that produced 2,177 rushing yards last fall and carried Boston College to a winning season and a postseason bowl game.

And back at Chestnut Hill, Williams’ alma mater continues to get it done via the ground game. Things aren’t quiet the same as they were a year ago, as quarterback Tyler Murphy now leads the attack and several young players have stepped up in the backfield.  But at the end of the day, the results are much the same. The Eagles will make this Saturday’s road trip to NC State ranked fifth nationally in team rushing yardage (316.8 yards per game).

“We're not quite as focused in one area as we were a year ago, which has its benefits but also has its downside,” BC coach Steve Addazio said. “We were really good at what we did last year. Now we have more breakdowns because we're more diverse in our run games; we're an elite running football team … we're different than last year. Andre (Williams) gave us big play strikes, we're not there yet. Now, Tyler has given us big play strikes, but we're just a little different in how we're doing things.”

Murphy, a graduate student who began his collegiate career at Florida, is making the most of his lone season at BC, currently leading all quarterbacks nationally in rushing at 115.8 per game. True freshman Jon Hilliman leads a talented corps of running backs, having rushed for 369 yards and five touchdowns through six games.

"I'm not surprised by the way (Hilliman has) come out and played,” senior cornerback Manuel Asprilla said. “I expected it. I see him and the way he is … Even before we played any games just watching him run hard in practice I said, `He's going to be a great back.' "