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Andre Williams on D&C: Still can’t wrap head around Heisman honor

12.11.13 at 10:37 am ET

Boston College running back Andre Williams joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday to discuss his candidacy as a finalist for the 2013 Heisman Trophy.

Williams, along with quarterbacks Jameis Winston (Florida State), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), A.J. McCarron (Alabama) and Jordan Lynch (Northern Illinois), and running back Tre Mason (Auburn), was invited to New York City for the Heisman ceremony that takes place Saturday.

‘€œI still don’€™t know if I’€™ve been able to wrap my head around it,’€ Williams said. ‘€œI don’€™t know what’€™s going to go down at the event and even what it’€™s going to look like. I’€™m really just excited to get down there and see what it’€™s all about, be around other great players and learn about the history of the award. I just feel blessed that I have the opportunity to be able to make it out there and I’€™m just so thankful to my teammates, and my coaches and my fans that have been supporting me along the way.’€

The only Eagle to win a Heisman Trophy was legendary quarterback Doug Flutie in 1984. Williams said he’s been in touch with Flutie.

‘€œDoug Flutie actually reached out to me first,’€ Williams said. ‘€œHe didn’€™t really let me know what to expect, but he told me he’€™ll be down there.’€

Williams did not receive the attention all season that Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, or Winston, this year’€™s projected winner, did.

‘€œOne of my friends yesterday he said, ‘€˜[Andre], make sure you see what Johnny Manziel is like in real life for me,’€™ so I don’€™t know if I’€™m ready for him, but I’€™m looking forward to meeting him,’€ Williams said.

Despite maintaining relative anonymity across college football, Williams certainly deserves to be a finalist for college football’€™s most prestigious award. He led all Division 1-A players in rushing yards (2,102), and he also accumulated 17 touchdowns for 7-5 Boston College. His breakout season came as a surprise, as the senior had never eclipsed 584 yards in a single season in his first three years at BC.

‘€œI don’€™t necessarily think there was anything I did physically that played a huge factor,’€ Williams said. ‘€œJust the fact that we came together so strong this year as a team, we were able to form a strong identity on the offensive side of the ball. My [offensive] line, they really came together this year, they’€™re really just embracing the fact that BC is historically O-line U.’€

Williams, known for his bruising style of running, will enter the draft next April and, according to, is a third-round prospect.

‘€œI know that my role in the NFL is going to change and develop,’€ Williams said, adding: ‘€œI do pride myself on being able to finish games in the fourth quarter and get stronger as the game goes along.’€

Between his Heisman weekend and preparing for the NFL Draft, Williams is also writing a book titled ‘€œA King, a Queen and a Conscience.’€

‘€œI would like people to see a different perspective on the way to think, the way to live your life in our modern times,’€ Williams said of the book.

To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

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