Boston College Eagles
Parkland High School
Harrison High School
A right shoulder injury suffered by Williams in the Eagles' regular season finale did what no other defense could do during the 2013 schedule — stop the Boston College ball carrier from wreaking havoc on the field. After three efficient years sharing rushing duties for BC, Williams produced one of the finest campaigns in school, Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision history, etching his name into all three record books.
Williams' 2,177 yards rushing not only established conference and Eagles season-records, he was the only FBS player to reach the 2,000-yard level since Kevin Smith of Central Florida amassed 2,567 yards in 2007. The senior ball carrier recorded nine games with at least 100 yards, including three 200-yard performances and also a 339-yard effort vs. North Carolina State that also established school and league game marks.
During a three-game stretch in November, Williams scored six times and generated at least 200 yards in each contest, carrying a total of 104 times for 897 yards, averaging 8.63 yards per attempt. That total included his school record 339-yard performance sandwiched between 295 yards vs. New Mexico State (second on the school and fifth on the ACC record chart) and 263 yards vs. Maryland (tied for fourth on the BC chart and 12th in the league).
Thanks to his stellar senior season, Williams would generate 3,754 yards on the ground for BC during his career, a school record and 11th-best ever by an Atlantic Coast conference performer. Both his 28 touchdown runs and 704 rushing attempts secured the third spots on the Eagles' all-time record charts.
Williams' 2013 campaign had a great impact on the team snapping a horrible two-season spin that saw the Eagles record a combined 6-18 record during their 2012-13 schedules. His 18 touchdown runs were 75% of those recorded by BC (24 total), as he gained 78.82% of the team's rushing yardage (2,177-of-2,762). He generated 45.6% of the team's total offense (2,177-of-4,774) and registered 30% of the team's scoring output (108-of-360) on the way to capturing the coveted Doak Walker Award during his final season.
Before joining the Boston College program, Williams attended Parkland High School in Allentown, Pennsylvania as a junior and senior after spending his first two prep years at
Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Georgia. He made his Parkland debut in 2008, picking up 959 yards and 14 touchdowns on 151 carries (6.35 ypc).
His junior season performance interested college recruiters — his senior season had them coveting him. Williams generated 1,913 rushing yards on 128 carries (14.94 ypc), as he produced 33 touchdown runs. He earned All-State Class AAAA first-team honors and was selected as The Morning Call Player of the Year. He led the Trojans to a 10-3 record in 2009, capping that season with 258 rushing yards and five scores in a win over East Stroudsburg South.
Williams turned down scholarship offers from Temple, Akron and Vanderbilt to enroll at Boston College in 2010, where he was used mostly to spell starter Montel Harris, starting once vs. Syracuse when Harris was sidelined. He finished second on the team with 461 yards on 95 carries, scoring twice on the ground. Harris was again banged up in 2011 and Williams took advantage to start seven games, delivering 524 yards with four touchdowns while toting the ball 124 times (4.17 ypc), but even the sophomore was hobbling, missing the Clemson and Florida State clashes with a right ankle sprain.
Williams was limited to nine games as a junior, missing the final three games with an abdominal injury. He started eight times before he was sidelined, producing 599 yards on 130 carries (4.61 ypc), scoring four times, setting a school record with a 99-yard touch-down jaunt vs. Army.
Williams earned consensus All-American and unanimous All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors in 2013, as the Doak Walker Award winner was a finalist for the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Player of the Year Award, in addition to being named one of six finalists for the Heisman Trophy. After grinding out 2,177 yards rushing to lead the nation, he closed out his career ranked sixth among active NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision players with 3,754 yards on the ground, as his average of 16 carries per game ranked 29th among that group. His 722 total plays were also good for tenth active players.
Williams started 29-of-44 games that he appeared in for Boston College, recording 3,754 yards and 28 touchdowns on 704 carries (5.33 ypc), 60 yards on 10 receptions, 119 yards on eight kickoff returns (14.9 avg), adding three tackles (2 solos) as he generated 3,933 all-purpose yards on 722 plays, an average of 89.39 yards per game…Recorded 14 100-yard rushing performances that included reaching 200 yards five times and over 350 yards once.