Why Not André Williams for the Heisman?
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In a previous article, I seriously considered and then bought into the thought that Johnny Manziel was deserving of this year's Heisman Trophy.
However, I was a little premature with my choice, given how his season played out.
Time to re-boot.
Won't happen, you say? Then pad your retirement stash. You see the Bovada ad. Click on it. Open an account. Make your play. Thank me later.
But what if the smart kids win? Then we could give some serious consideration for one: André Williams.
I know, folks, he plays in a mediocre conference and for a subpar Boston College team which is bowl eligible with a 7-5 record. Despite those disadvantages, let's take a minute to review his case.
For starters, against two suffocating defenses, Williams topped the 100-yard rushing mark. Against a stifling Seminole D, he accumulated 149 rushing yards and was the catalyst for Boston College's near upset. Even though the Golden Eagles ended up losing by 14, Williams was unbelievable. He kept drives alive with his unrelenting brute force and, essentially, kept Boston College competitive for the bulk of the game.
Additionally, in a previous article, I made a strong case for the Virginia Tech Hokies and how disruptive their defense is. They're by far one of the best coached defenses in college football, thanks to Bud Foster.
With that in mind, Williams absolutely torched Foster's defense to the tune of 166 yards rushing. He racked up two touchdowns in the process, which ultimately propelled the Eagles to victory. Whenever Williams touched the ball, something positive happened; the Hokies were unprepared for his raw power and deceptive acceleration.
In total, Williams has amassed 2102 total rushing yards this season to go along with 17 touchdowns. He leads the nation in rushing yards and is by far the top candidate for the Doak Walker Award.
If you take away Andre Williams from Boston College, they're an absolutely dreadful team.
The Heisman should be about the best player in college football. If you put André Williams on any FBS team, he would be by far their best player. I firmly believe that if you were to team him up with Jameis Winston, the Noles QB's numbers wouldn't be so inflated. Although spectacular, Williams would be the featured running back and Florida State would be more balanced due to a lethal running attack.
So there it is. André Williams is certainly deserving of the Heisman.
But unfortunately, he won't be the 2013 recepient.
Unless the smart kids win this weekend.