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Former Kennett quarterback bowl-bound as BC lineman
Boston College running back Andre Williams carries the ball through a hole opened by Conway's Ian White (62) during the Eagles' 24-10 victory over visiting Wake Forest in September.USA TODAY Sports
The blocking of Conway’s Ian White helped earn Boston College a bowl bid and Eagles running back Andre Williams consideration for the Heisman Trophy. COURTESY
A senior, White has been a starter since his sophomore season at BC after coming off the bench and playing in all 13 games as a redshirt freshman. This season, he's helped pave the way for running back Andre Williams, who leads the nation in rushing yards (2,102) and rushing yards per game (175.2).
"He's a freak," White said of Williams. "He's a power back with breakaway speed. It's extremely rewarding when you make a good block and then watch him run over someone. We've said all along that his numbers are our numbers. I knew he was going to have a good year, but I couldn't have predicted 2,000 yards. If he's going to New York for the Heisman (presentation), the offensive line will find a way to get there."
"Our philosophy is to put the best five guys on the field," Frye said. "If the starting right guard goes down, that doesn't mean the No. 2 right guard is going in. It might be a backup tackle.
White called BC's 38-21 triumph over North Carolina State this season the highlight of his college career. Williams set BC's single-game rushing record by gaining 339 yards in the victory, which made the Eagles bowl-eligible in Steve Addazio's first season as BC's head coach.
"Our goal as a team was to get bowl-eligible," said White. "Then when we beat N.C. State it was, 'Let's get somewhere warm, and let's get better bowl gifts.'"
"He'll get a shot to be an NFL guy," Frye said.
White said he's hoping his versatility on the offensive line will help him make an NFL roster. He said he's uncertain what position he's best suited to play at the pro level but has ruled out a return to quarterback