Andre Williams (American football)

Andre Williams
Williams in 2014.
No. 44     New York Giants
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-08-28) August 28, 1992
Place of birth: Poughkeepsie, New York
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school: Allentown (PA) Parkland
College: Boston College
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 4 / Pick: 112
Debuted in 2014 for the New York Giants
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2014
Rushing yards 524
Rushing Avg 3.3
Rushing TDs 6
Stats at NFL.com

Andre Rishard Williams (born August 28, 1992) is an American football running back for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Boston College, was a finalist for the 2013 Heisman Trophy, and won the 2013 Doak Walker Award as the nation's best running back. During the 2013 season, Williams became only the 16th player in NCAA history to rush for over 2,000 yards and he finished his college career ranked 5th all-time for most yards rushed in a single season with 2,177 yards. He was chosen by the New York Giants in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Early years

Born in Poughkeepsie to Jamaican immigrants Lancelene and Ervin, Williams spent his first year back in his family's island nation before returning to live in Central New Jersey with his parents, sister and two brothers. His family also lived in Atlanta, Georgia and Allentown, Pennsylvania.[1]

"By the eighth grade, " Williams would later explain, "I decided I was going to play Division I football." [1] After transferring from Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Georgia, he attended Parkland High School in Allentown. As a senior, he had 1,913 rushing yards on 128 carries and 33 touchdowns. He earned All-State Class AAAA first-team honors as a senior running back, and was selected as The Morning Call Player of the Year. He led the Trojans to a 10-3 record in 2009.

In addition to football, he was also a standout athlete for Parkland High School's track and field team. At the 2010 PA 3A state championships, he finished third in the 100 meters, with a time of 10.76 seconds,[2] and second in the 200 meters with a time of 22.01 seconds.[3] He was also timed at 14.61 seconds in the 110 meter hurdles in 2009.

Considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was rated as the 44th best running back prospect in the nation.[4] He committed to Boston College over offers from Temple, Akron and Vanderbilt.

College career

While attending Boston College, Williams played for the its Eagles football team from 2010 to 2013. He graduated early with a degree in applied psychology and human development.[1]

Freshman season

Williams' first three years at Boston College were relatively uneventful. Playing as a true freshman in 2010, Williams showed his potential, playing in all 13 games, rushing for 461 yards on 95 carries with two touchdowns. In the final regular season game of the year, playing at Syracuse, he set the school record for rushing attempts in a game, running 42 times as the Eagles beat the Orange 16-7.

Williams during his tenure at Boston College.

Sophomore season

As a sophomore in 2011, he continued to improve, but played less time, starting seven of 10 games and rushing for 517 yards on 124 carries with four touchdowns.

Junior season

As a junior in 2012, he continued to be a reliable option, although for a pass-heavy offense, starting eight of nine games, rushing for 584 yards on 130 carries and four touchdowns. His efforts were mostly in vain though, as the Eagles continued to progressively get worse, winning 7 games in 2010, 4 in 2011, and only 2 in 2012. His three years of experience, however would pave the way for his breakout senior year and a turnaround for the Eagles team.

Senior season

With a change in coaching during the offseason, Steve Addazio brought in new coordinators and a new style of offense, focused heavily on the run. Williams started off the year as a potent weapon, running for 114 and 204 yards against Villanova and Wake Forest, respectively, scoring once in each game, as the Eagles matched their win total from the previous season. He had a lackluster performance against a potent USC defense, only managing 38 yards, his worst performance of the season. However, he bounced back against #8 ranked Florida State and ran for 149 yards as the Eagles nearly upset the best team in the ACC. The next week he exploded offensively, scoring 5 touchdowns and coming within 1 yard of breaking the school's single game rushing record, running 263 yards against Army on Homecoming. He had momentarily tied the record, but unfortunately lost a yard on his last rushing attempt of the game. After a moderate showing at Clemson, only running 70 yards, he gave two solid performances against UNC and Virginia Tech, rushing for 172 and 166 yards, respectively, scoring three times in those two games. The next week at New Mexico State, Williams managed to break the single game record that he came so close to during the Army game, running for 295 yards and two scores.[5][6] The win was the first road win for BC since 2011 and put the Eagles in a position to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2010. On the following week, playing on senior day, BC's final home game of the season against NC State, Williams broke his own record set seven days earlier and ran for 339 yards on 42 carries, scoring twice. The performance also surpassed the ACC record, previously set at 329 yards by John Leach of Wake Forest in 1993. During the game, he also broke the school's single season record for rushing yards, finishing the day with 1,810 yards during his four years at Boston College.[7] The win made BC bowl eligible for the first time since 2010, and tripled the previous year's win total, prompting the students and fans to rush the field and celebrate with the team following the win. Williams' performance was recognized by media across the country, as he was named the Walter Camp National player of the week, as well as ACC offensive back of the week.[8] His successes and stats as the league's leading rusher entered him as the frontrunner for the Doak Walker Award as the nation's best runningback. After the success against NC State at home, the Eagles took on Maryland for the first of their final two road games of the season. Andre Williams had another big day, running for 263 yards and two scores, passing 2,000 yards and becoming only the 16th player in NCAA history to accomplish this feat.[9] With this achievement, Williams has entered into the Heisman conversation, being such a dominant and integral part of the Boston College team.[10][11] With the sudden Heisman hype, Williams and the Eagles left to finish the regular season at 5–6 Syracuse, with a chance to shut them out of bowl-eligibility. However, that was not to be so, as Williams re-aggravated his right shoulder injury that he had been dealing with since playing UNC, and left early in the 3rd quarter and did not return, having only ran 29 yards for the day. The Eagles would take a 31–27 advantage with 2 minutes remaining, but Syracuse lead a comeback drive, scoring a touchdown with 6 seconds remaining to seal a 34–31 victory for the Orange and the ACC's record 11th bowl-eligible team. The loss was a disheartening one for Williams and the Eagles, as they were looking to finish the impressive turnaround season at a very respectable 8–4 and a chance to avenge the 2004 Eagles team that was shut out of a BCS Bowl bid by Syracuse. However, 7–5 still reflected the tremendous accomplishments of the season, and William's Heisman hopes were kept alive, as the 29 yards gained put him above the 2,100 yard plateau and placed him at 9th all time in the FBS single-season record books.

The Eagles final game of the season was in the 2013 Independence Bowl against the Arizona Wildcats. The game featured a matchup between the nation's two best running backs in Williams and Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey, who was a consensus All-American in 2012 as well as a finalist for the 2013 Doak Walker award, which Williams won. The game was a blowout win for Arizona, as they cruised to a 42–19 victory. Williams ran for 75 yards in his final contest as a college back, finishing with 2,177 yards on the season, good for 5th most all-time in the NCAA.

Postseason Awards

Williams was one of six finalists for the Heisman Trophy in 2013, and finished fourth in the voting. He was the winner of the 2013 Doak Walker Award and was named a unanimous All-American. In addition, he was a unanimous first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) selection[12] and was also a finalist for the Walter Camp Award.

Professional career

NFL Draft

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 11 38 in 230 lb 33 12 in 9 in 4.56 s 1.56 s 4.06 s 7.27 s 38 in 10 ft 9 in
All values from NFL Combine[13]

The New York Giants drafted Williams in the fourth round with the 113th overall pick.

Other Pursuits

Since his college years, Williams has been writing what he calls a "philosophical memoir," which is entitled " A King, a Queen and a Conscience." He expects to complete the manuscript in 2015. Williams is also trying to secure a patent for a "compression shirt" type of athletic gear that could improve backfield running.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Pennington, Bill (July 27, 2014). "Budding Author and Inventor Emerges Quickly in Giants' Backfield". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ https://sports.yahoo.com/bostoncollege/football/recruiting/player-Andre-Williams-99825
  5. ^ Andre Williams runs for Boston College record
  6. ^ Williams rushes for BC record
  7. ^ NCAA Division I-A Player Rushing Statistics - 2013
  8. ^ National Player of the Week
  9. ^ Williams passes 2,000
  10. ^ Williams enters Heisman candidacy
  11. ^ Why Andre deserves your vote for Heisman
  12. ^ "2013 All-ACC Teams Announced". TheACC.com. December 2, 2013. 
  13. ^ http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/andre%20-williams?id=2543565

External links

  • Boston College Eagles bio
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