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UCLA, Baylor and Oklahoma State also earn national weekly mentions
Not long ago, Boston College has one of the most consistent programs in the country. The Eagles reached 12 consecutive bowl games from 1999-2010, including a streak of eight consecutive wins.
Thanks to Andre Williams, those streaks have a chance to start anew.
Williams entered the week perhaps as one of the most underrated running backs in the country. After rushing for an ACC-record 339 yards in a 38-21 win over NC State, Williams will be overlooked no more.
In one day, Williams made Boston College bowl eligible for the first time in three seasons, set the ACC single-season rushing record and earned Athlon Sports National Player of the Week honors.
Williams leads the nation in total rushing yards (1,810) by nearly 400 yards and yards per game (181) by more than 30 yards per game.
“He's certainly, without a doubt, one of the more dominant players in college football,” Boston College coach Steve Addazio said. “He's an unselfish guy who realizes that he has a great offensive line in front of him and he realizes that this is a team game.”
Athlon Sports Week 12 National Awards
National Offensive Player of the Week: Andre Williams, Boston College
Boston College continued its impressive first season under new coach Steve Addazio, as the Eagles defeated NC State to 38-21 to improve to 6-4 overall. Williams has carried the offense this season, and the senior gashed the Wolfpack defense for 339 yards and two touchdowns. The 339 yards were an ACC single-game record. Williams has 634 yards in his last two games and has rushed for at least 166 in each of his last four contests. Even though Williams is considered a power back, he has at least one run of 56 yards or longer in each of his last four games. The senior has 1,810 yards in 2013, which is a Boston College single-season record. With three games left, Williams has a chance to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark.
National Defensive Player of the Week: K.J. Morton, Baylor
Last week, Baylor’s run defense was the key to the victory over Oklahoma. Against Texas Tech, a defensive back was the key defender. The dreadlocked Morton finished with the wild stat line of nine tackles, three tackles for a loss, a forced fumble, a sack and an interception. His athletic, leaping pick of Baker Mayfield on a corner blitz was one of the highlights of the game and a key turning point.
National Freshman of the Week: Myles Jack, UCLA
USC's Dion Bailey made the defensive play of the weekend with his late red zone interception of Kevin Hogan, but the legend of Myles Jack is growing in Westwood after another two-way performance in a critical home win over Washington. The freshman linebacker collected five tackles and a pass broken up on defense to go with 13 rushing attempts, 59 yards rushing and four offensive touchdowns. He has 179 yards rushing and five scores in two games as a two-way player. This is the team's No. 2 tackler we are talking here. He has vaulted himself to the top of the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year conversation with his last two games and has a chance for another signature moment against Arizona State with the division title on the line next weekend.
National Coordinator of the Week: Glenn Spencer, Oklahoma State
The moving parts on Oklahoma State’s offense have been the key storyline for the Cowboys’ season, but the one constant has been the defense and its ability to force turnovers. Against Texas, Oklahoma State extended its streak of 18 consecutive games with a takeaway. The Cowboys’ three interceptions led Oklahoma State in the 38-13 win over Texas that kept the Pokes in Big 12 contention. Star cornerback Justin Gilbert was the star for Spencer’s D Saturday with two interceptions, including a 48-yard pick six.
Athlon Sports Week 12 Conference Awards
Offense: Andre Williams, Boston College
Defense: Kareem Martin, North Carolina
Freshman: Ryan Switzer, North Carolina
Coordinator: Kurt Roper, Duke
Offense: James Sims, Kansas
Defense: K.J. Morton, Baylor
Freshman: Shock Linwood, Baylor
Coordinator: Glenn Spencer, Oklahoma State
Offense: Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
Defense: Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
Freshman: Christian Hackenberg, Penn State
Coordinator: Dave Aranda, Wisconsin
Offense: Connor Halliday, Washington State
Defense: Myles Jack, UCLA
Freshman: Myles Jack, UCLA
Offense: Aaron Murray, Georgia
Defense: C.J. Mosley, Alabama
Freshman: Kelvin Taylor, Florida
Coordinator: Bob Shoop, Vanderbilt