5 Reasons Why Andre Williams Does Not Deserve the 2013 Heisman Trophy
5 Reasons Why Andre Williams Does Not Deserve the Heisman
Boston College running back Andre Williams got an invite to New York City to attend the Heisman finalist ceremony because of his play this season. The numbers Williams put up with the Eagles this season were really remarkable. Just a year ago, Boston College won only two games in one of their worst seasons ever. Williams would not let that happen this year. His emergence has been the difference for the Eagles this season. With Williams at the helm and focal point of the offense, Boston College got back to their winning ways. This season, he guided the Eagles to a 7-5 record and earned them a spot in a bowl game. Seven wins may not sound like much, but for a team that only won two games the year before, seven wins should be considered a huge accomplishment. Boston College would not have gotten to seven wins without their playmaker in the backfield.
Williams came out of nowhere this year for Boston College. Last season, he only had 584 yards rushing on 130 carries for four touchdowns. Compare those numbers to this season, and it's not even close. Williams was a beast, plain and simple. Just look at his numbers for this season. Williams rushed for 2,102 yards on 329 carries for 17 touchdowns. That is a special year, no matter how you look at it. In fact, Williams achieved the ninth-best single-season rushing mark in college football history. That is remarkable for any running back to do, but especially Williams because his team only won two games the season before, and he had mediocre numbers. Williams put this team on his back and it paid off for the Eagles.
Unfortunately for Williams, this is not his year to win the Heisman Trophy. Here are more the five biggest reasons why he does not deserve the Heisman this season.
5. Average Team
Boston College may have gone from two to seven wins this season, but let's face it -- Boston College is not that good. It only beat two teams with winning records this season. Williams had a great season and carried this team on his back to record seven wins, but if you want to win the Heisman, your team cannot have five losses.
4. No Signature Wins
Boston College only went 7-5 and really did not record a single signature win. The Eagles' only big win was against Virginia Tech, if you can even call that a big win. Virginia Tech had a disappointing year for their standards. Boston College and Williams had their chance to get a signature win, but could not deliver.
3. Weak Finish
Williams did not finish the season strong against Syracuse. He had his chance to put up even higher numbers and failed to do so. Williams suffered an injury in the first half and didn't see the field in the second half. Luckily, he got a touchdown in the first half, but he only finished with 29 yards rushing. That's not good enough in your final performance to earn you the Heisman.
2. Weak Production In Big Games
If Andre Williams wanted to win the Heisman Trophy, he should have delivered in the big games. Boston College faced three prestigious teams: Clemson, Florida State and USC. In those games, Williams only had one good game, and that was against Florida State. Clemson's defense only allowed Williams to rush for 70 yards on 24 carries. USC's defense made him look even worse and held Williams to only 38 yards on 17 carries.
1. Jameis Winston
Winston is the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy, and I believe he will win in a landslide. Winston dominated his opponents this year. Oddly, the closest anyone came to defeating Florida State was Boston College at 14 points. Winston's stats back up his claim for the Heisman. He threw for 3,820 yards with 38 touchdowns and rushed for 177 yards with four touchdowns. To top it all off, he led his team to an undefeated season, and has a chance to win the National Championship. Sorry Williams, Famous Jameis has got this in the bag.