Last season, Andre Williams took the nation by storm as he led the way for the Boston College Eagles out of the backfield. The Doak Walker Award winner eclipsed 2,000 yards rushing as he scored 18 touchdowns on the ground and earned a spot as a Heisman Trophy finalist. With Williams moving on to the NFL, BC faces the unenviable task of replacing their workhorse running back. Is Myles Willis ready for the challenge?
As a freshman in 2013, Willis finished second on the team in rushing behind Williams, compiling 346 yards on 60 carries with a pair of touchdowns. He seemed to get stronger as the season wore on and he became more comfortable in the offense with his best two performances of the year coming in the final four games. Willis’ speed and ability to catch out of the backfield give him an edge in the race to replace Williams this fall.
Head coach Steve Addazio is committed to running the football. Last season, the Eagles averaged 40 carries per game and averaged 212.5 yards per game (good for 20th in the nation). Williams stepped up and carried more than his fair share in 2013, averaging 27 carries per game and 167 yards per game. That’s a lot of carries and production that are going to have to be accounted for and Willis is just the guy to step in and contribute.
But the talented sophomore won’t have to worry about picking up all the slack on his own. Depth at running back should be a strength of the Eagles in 2014 with Tyler Rouse looking like a prime candidate to contribute this fall. But when the team needs some hard yards in the running game next season, expect them to turn to Myles Willis to get it done.