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Andre Williams | Running Back

Team: Boston College Eagles
Age / DOB:  (22) / 8/28/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 227

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Giants selected Boston College RB Andre Williams with the No. 113 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Williams (5-foot-11 3/8, 230) was the 2013 Doak Walker Award winner as college football's top running back, setting school records in carries (355) and rushing yards (2,177). He averaged 5.31 YPC on 703 career attempts, scoring 28 touchdowns. Although Williams ran 4.56 with a beastly 10-foot-9 broad jump in Indy, he's more of a grinder on tape, almost like a bigger BenJarvus Green-Ellis. He is a decisive, downhill runner with zero shake and has hands of stone, managing 10 catches across 44 college games and relentlessly dropping passes in Combine drills. Some NFL scouts have compared him to Shonn Greene. May 10 - 12:52 PM

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An anonymous NFL scout compared Boston College RB Andre Williams to Shonn Greene.

"Really tough kid," one scout said. "If you want somebody to carry the ball 25 times a game between the tackles this is your guy. He's an old-time running back. He would do better without a rotation just wearing people down. Not real elusive, but once he gets out there he just makes plays." The 6-foot, 227-pound Williams finished No. 5 amongst RBs in the paper's poll of NFL scouts. "Lacks twitch, elude," said a second scout. "Strong, tight, downhill, straight-line runner. Needs a lane." A third quoted scout thrashed Williams: "Worst hands I've ever seen. I never even saw them pitch it to him. You would be crazy to pitch it to him. It's so bad, you feel bad for the kid. I saw a game and the pregame was atrocious. He's working on it, but it's, like, 'What have you been doing for four years?'"
May 4 - 9:29 PM

Boston College RB Andre Williams improved on his 4.56 second forty from the combine at the Eagles' pro day.

Williams, however, elected not to share the new number with the media. The 6-foot, 227-pound back showed improvement as a pass catcher at the event, according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt. He's coming off a season in which he won the Doak Walker award and set the school's single-season rushing record with 2,177 yards on 355 attempts. "Today, for me, I really wanted to improve on my 40 and just perform better at catching the ball," Williams said. "I think I did very well on both of those, and it was a good day for me." Gushed BC coach Steve Addazio: "A lot of NFL teams are looking for big, strong running backs, first- and second-down running backs that can pass protect. He's tremendous in pass protection and can stop a linebacker on a dime. He can get that 4-yard carry for you and he has home run hitting capability, and I think that's what makes him very attractive."
Mar 17 - 6:32 PM

NFL.com's Gil Brandt believes that Boston College RB Andre Williams showed improvement as a pass catcher, at Boston College’s pro day.

"Williams had a good workout, and most important for him, he showed dramatic improvement catching the football, with only two drops at his pro day. That’s something everyone will be checking on when they evaluate him, because if he does that he’ll have an excellent chance to advance in the draft," Brandt wrote. No one questions Williams skills as a downhill-runner, but the NFL is a passing league these days and he'll have to prove he can be effective on passing downs. Williams did not catch one pass last season for the Eagles, but his recent performance at his Pro Day was a step in the right direction. While Brandt was high on Williams running ability, He thinks Williams could slip to the third or fourth round because of his receiving skills.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 17 - 12:23 AM

Boston College RB Andre Williams could move up in the draft if he runs well, according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

"If Andre Williams runs well will move up in draft. Told me he's working hard on catching balls and will run faster than people think," Brandt said. Williams rushed for 2,177 yards and averaged 6.1 yards a carry. He also added 18 touchdowns to his resume in 2013. One major stat that was missing from his breakout season was the fact that he had zero catches. If he can show teams that he has the ability to catch out of the backfield and run well in space, it would be an added bonus to pair with his tough downhill running style.
Feb 14 - 3:21 PM

Boston College senior RB Andre Williams rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries in a 42-19 loss to Arizona in the Advocare V100 Bowl on Tuesday.

Williams beat out Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey for the Doak Walker Award, but he lost decisively to the Wildcats' back on Tuesday as Carey rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns. Williams entered the game with 2,119 yards and 17 touchdowns, which earned him a ticket to the Heisman Trophy presentation in New York.
Tue, Dec 31, 2013 10:57:00 PM

Boston College senior RB Andre Williams was named the Doak Walker Award winner for the top running back in college football.

Williams rushed for 2,119 yards and 17 touchdowns this season. That monster output earned him a ticket to Saturday's Heisman Trophy presentation in New York. Williams bested Pac 12 running backs Ka'Deem Carey (Arizona) and Bishop Sankey (Washington) for the award.
Source: ABC News
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 09:09:00 PM

Boston College senior RB Andre Williams left in the third quarter against Syracuse and only rushed for 29 yards and a touchdown.

Williams was hit hard and taken to the locker room, but no other details were given relating to the injury. This obviously slows down Williams' Heisman campaign, but it helps that the season emerged out of nowhere to rush for over 2,000 yards. Boston College lost 34-31.
Sat, Nov 30, 2013 09:50:00 PM

Boston College senior RB Andre Williams has moved into second place in the HeismanPundit Straw Poll.

Because two voters dropped Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston off their ballots, Williams (16 points) is only two points behind the Seminoles' star (18). Six first-place votes were pledged to Winston, while Williams received none. Williams, however, was on eight ballots from the 10-member panel, while Winston was only on the six ballots that listed him first. Alabama's AJ McCarron, Northern Illinois's Jordan Lynch and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel round out the top five.
Wed, Nov 27, 2013 12:53:00 AM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks believes Boston College senior RB Andre Williams is "the premier downhill back in college football."

"I believe he could thrive as an Alfred Morris-like feature back in a downhill scheme," Brooks writes. "...Williams is at his best working between the tackles, and his efficient running style would lead to few negative plays in a similar system." Williams has produced at a high rate with a very heavy workload. Brooks sees Williams as a mid-round talent, and although that is definitely possible, we prefer Ohio State's Carlos Hyde at the moment.
Source: NFL.com
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 10:42:00 AM

Boston College senior RB Andre Williams rushed for 263 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries in the school's 29-26 win over Maryland.

Williams is now up to 2,073 yards for the season. He displays some power from an upright running style and is averaging 6.5 yards per carry. We don't rank him above fellow emerging senior Carlos Hyde, but Williams has really improved this season.
Sat, Nov 23, 2013 08:58:00 PM

Boston College senior RB Andre Williams rushed for 339 yards and two touchdowns on 42 carries in a 38-21 win over NC State.

Williams has really emerged this season, displaying springs for legs to run through arm tackles. He has a somewhat odd build and an upright style, but he's carried the load this season for the Eagles. One issue for Williams, He has only caught 10 passes in his four year career, which could limit his NFL role.
Sat, Nov 16, 2013 05:19:00 PM

Boston College senior RB Andre Williams rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries in the school's 34-27 win over Virginia Tech.

Williams has emerged out of nowhere this season to become one of the top rushers in the country. He refuses to go down on first contact despite his upright style in the open field, and his long gallop allows for nice straight-line speed. He could be one of the first senior running backs selected in May.
Sat, Nov 2, 2013 04:08:00 PM