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On December 12, at ESPN’s Home Depot College Football Awards Show, senior Andre Williams was named the recipient of the 2013 Doak Walker Award, given to the nation’s top running back. Williams ran for 2,177 yards in his final season, a Boston College record and the fifth highest total in college football history, and he led the nation in most rushing categories, including attempts (355), yards per game (167.5), and 200-yard games (five). The award recognizes a player’s accomplishments not only on the field but also academically and in the community. Williams, an applied psychology and human development major in the Lynch School of Education, served as a teaching assistant in a Mission and Ministry Cornerstone seminar for freshmen, was a member of the University’s pen pal program, which pairs athletes with local elementary school students, and is at work on a semi-autobiographical novel. A Pennsylvania native, he was voted one of six finalists for the 2013 Heisman Memorial Trophy and was unanimously named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press, the Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News, and the Walter Camp Football Foundation. He graduated from Boston College in December, three and a half years after matriculating.
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