BC’s Andre Williams among Heisman finalists

Boston College running back Andre Williams, the nation’s leading rusher at 175.2 yards per game this season, has been named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, awarded annually to the nation’s best college football player.

Williams will be invited to New York along with Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (the presumptive favorite), Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, Auburn running back Tre Mason, Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (last year’s Heisman Trophy winner), for Saturday’s award presentation at the Marriott Marquis Hotel.

Williams, a 6-foot, 227-pound senior from Schnecksville, Pa., established school and Atlantic Coast Conference single-season and career rushing records by carrying 329 times for 2,102 yards and 17 touchdowns this season in leading BC to a 7-5 record and a berth opposite of Arizona in the Dec. 31 Advocare V100 Bowl in Shreveport, La.

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Williams’s performance marked the 16th time in FBS history that a player rushed for 2,000 yards in a season; overall, it ranks ninth-best in the history of college football. Only four Heisman Trophy winners had a better statistical season than Willliams: Barry Sanders, Marcus Allen, Mike Rozier, and Ricky Williams.