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Andre Williams' Updated 2013 Heisman Outlook After Loss to Syracuse
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The Boston College Eagles' stud running back Andre Williams was a long shot for the Heisman Trophy coming into Week 14, but after a nine-rush, 29-yard, one-touchdown performance against the Syracuse Orange on Saturday, Williams' chances are gone. That's not the stat line he'd hoped for, and the Eagles lost a heartbreaker 34-31.

What's even worse, the senior left the game in the third quarter with an apparent injury and never returned.

The injury didn't look terribly serious as Williams jogged off the field into the locker room, but no official word has been released on the severity.

Williams came into the game as the nation's leading rusher with 2,073 yards. He has also scored 17 touchdowns this season. Though he has put up amazing statistics, his team's mediocre record is perhaps the biggest impediment Williams faces for serious consideration.

Boston College is just 7-5 and 4-4 in the ACC. When a star player plays on a team like that, he needs to have a season that is far and away better than any of his closest competitors. 

Williams hasn't done that. He does have a 324-yard edge on the Washington Huskies' Bishop Sankey in the race for the nation's rushing title, but the latter put up a 200-yard performance on Friday against Washington State in the Apple Cup.

That is the kind of game that could have helped Williams stand out.

Players like Jameis Winston of Florida State, A.J. McCarron of Alabama and even Arizona's running back Ka'Deem Carey are at least comparable statistically, and their teams are more highly regarded.

With such stiff competition surrounding him, Williams needed to finish the season with a big game. Obviously, he didn't do that. The six-foot, 227-pound senior is a load and obviously has a future at the next level. 

His season isn't over. He still has a bowl game and senior all-star games to look forward to in an effort to boost his stock for the NFL draft. That'll have to do because the Heisman dream is dead.

 

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