Williams improves speed at BC pro day

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 12, 2014 at 7:47 pm •  Published: March 12, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Former Boston College running back Andre Williams burst onto the scene last season, becoming a Heisman Trophy finalist. Now, he's hoping he impressed NFL scouts with a faster 40-yard dash than he had last month at the scouting combine.

Williams and about a dozen other Eagles prospects were part of the school's pro day on Wednesday under a temporary bubble at Alumni Stadium.

Williams, the Doak Walker winner who set the school's single-season rushing records with 2,177 yards on 355 carries, wanted to show NFL scouts that his workouts are paying off.

"Today, for me, I really wanted to improve on my 40 and just perform better at catching the ball," he said. "I think I did very well on both of those and it was a good day for me."

The 6-foot, 227-pound back is a punishing runner with a burst of speed.

"Obviously, what I've said all along is he's a tremendous kid, high caliber, a good guy and a BC graduate. A tremendous worker on the field," BC coach Steve Addazio said. "A lot of NFL teams are looking for big strong running backs, first and second-down running backs that can pass protect. He's tremendous in pass protection and can stop a linebacker on a dime. He can get that four-yard carry for you and he has home run hitting capability, and I think that's what makes him very attractive."

BC's pro day attracted representatives from 29 of the NFL's teams. Also on hand was former BC quarterback Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons, the third pick in the 2008 draft.