ACC Notebook: The Beast Of BC
By Eric Russell
Williams In The Mix
Boston College running back Andre Williams didn't receive much hype in the preseason. He didn't appear on ESPN or Football.com's list of Top 25 players in the conference. He was not included on the media's preseason All-ACC team either. However, if the Eagles' workhorse keeps up the pace, he'll have many more accolades this postseason.
Since the new craze is comparing past Heisman winners to current players after a certain amount of games, it's worth noting that Williams stacks up favorably with the last three running backs to win the Heisman. After five games, Williams has rushed for 768 yards and seven touchdowns on 133 carries.
Of the last three running backs to win the award, Mark Ingram, Reggie Bush — yes I'm including him even though he gave his back — and Ron Dayne, only Dayne had more yards and touchdowns through five games (773 yards, 13 TDs). Granted, Ingram's numbers are a bit misleading because of his limited action in a few early games.
In Wednesday's ACC teleconference, Addazio praised the offensive line and tight ends for blocking well for the speedy back. The plan this week probably includes another heavy dose of Williams. Clemson's defense can be burned for big plays in the run game at times.
To be clear, I hopped on the Jameis Winston bandwagon after the first week and I'm not jumping off. However, Andre Williams is an addition to the early list of ACC Heisman candidates.
Time For Mike London Farewell Tour?
Sure, Mike London got the backing of Virginia athletic director Craig Littlepage, but we have seen how far a vote of confidence goes in football. Good graces changed to replacement in less than a week for Josh Freeman and two months for Lane Kiffin.
London is teetering on the edge of another year with no bowl game with a team that is somewhat of an enigma. The Cavaliers' schedule isn't too favorable in the second half of the season either. Forgive me for being a cynic, but another 4-8 season might have Littlepage changing his tone at the end of the year. A few media outlets in Virginia already are calling for his job.
An Ode To Oct. 19
Like many others, I thought Clemson's season opener against Georgia would be the best it would get this season. A matchup of two talented quarterbacks leading Top-10 teams. Now, I realize that as the game between Florida State and Clemson approaches, I'm anticipating it more than the season opener.
What more could you ask for? The game likely will decide the Atlantic Division crown. The teams' national title hopes ride on the result. In addition, the Heisman implications will be big too.
Let's just hope Boston College doesn't rain on the parade.