Terps are bowl eligible but what's next?
COLLEGE PARK--Boston College running back Andre Williams carried the ball 42 times for 339 yards in his team’s 38-21 win over NC State on Saturday. That’s right, 42 carries by himself for 339 yards on the ground--by himself.
To put that in perspective, twice this season Maryland's entire offense has failed to gain 339 total yards in a game. One other time, an Oct. 19 loss to Wake Forest, the Terrapins’ offense only edged Williams by 44 yards.
“He’s putting up crazy numbers,” Maryland defensive back A.J. Hendy said on Tuesday. “He’s putting up video game-type numbers so that’s definitely going to draw attention when you see those types of things.”
That monstrous 339-yard game came just one week after Williams rushed for 295 yards in a road win over New Mexico State. The six-foot, 217-pound Williams has reached the 200-yard mark two other times this season, once in Week 2 against Wake Forest and again in an Oct. 5 win over Army.
He has amassed 1,810 yards on 288 carries this season, including 14 touchdowns. The 2,000-yard mark remains squarely within reach with two regular season games and a bowl game remaining.
If Williams keeps running like this, he could find himself recreated in a video game in the near future--name on the back of the jersey and all--the one based off of those football games played on Sundays.
“He’s just a very good back,” Maryland head coach Randy Edsall said. “He’s got the ability to bend and he’ll run you over. You’re not going to arm tackle this guy, now. You got to put your shoulder into him. You got to run your feet. You got to get more than one person there. He’s very impressive on tape.”
Maryland’s defense has had an up-and-down season when it comes to stopping the run. Just last week they held Virginia Tech running back Trey Edmunds to 61 yards on 16 carries. But turn the calendar back to Oct. 12 against Virginia and you’ll see the Terrapins gave up 242 yards on the ground led by the tandem of Kevin Parks and Khalek Shepard.
The rushing attack will be at the center of Boston College’s game plan on Saturday and with a back like Williams carrying the load, why wouldn’t it be?
“He’s having a heck of a year and should be mentioned for all the awards that are out there as far as All-American, Doak Walker, Heisman, all that stuff,” Edsall said. “He’s an outstanding player.”
And it’s clear that Hendy, too, knows Boston College’s upcoming game plan.
“We’re going to get a large dose of him Saturday.”