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Boston College platoon replaces Heisman finalist

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 1, 2014 at 2:26 pm •  Published: September 1, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Boston College doesn't have one player who can replace Heisman Trophy finalist Andre Williams, so the Eagles are trying to do the job with three or four.

BC coach Steve Addazio is platooning three running backs in 2014, one year after Williams' record-setting season. And that's not even counting quarterback Tyler Murphy, who was the leading rusher in BC's season-opening victory over UMass on Saturday.

"We're rolling three (running backs). I don't even know who it is back there half the time," offensive lineman Aaron Kramer said Monday. "No matter who it is at the running back, we know that we can be successful."

Williams emerged as BC's primary rusher in 2013, when he averaged 175 rushing yards per game and became the 16th player in FBS history to surpass 2,000 rushing yards in a season. Then he left for the NFL, where he was a fourth-round draft pick of the New York Giants.

Without him, BC opened with a 30-7 victory over UMass in which the Eagles ran 61 times for 338 yards.

"We needed to be a collective effort. And in that game it was true," Addazio said. "We're always going to be a heavy run team; let's face it."

In the place of Williams, who ran for 2,177 yards last year and was the Doak Walker Award winner, the Eagles have sophomore Myles Willis, who ran 16 times for 57 yards and also returned kicks for a total of 113 all-purpose yards in the opener. Tyler Rouse carried the ball 19 times for 87 yards, and Murphy had 118 yards on 13 carries, including a 1-yard naked bootleg for a touchdown.

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