Arizona Wildcats football: Williams chosen as Heisman finalist over Carey

2013-12-09T16:45:00Z 2013-12-20T20:08:25Z Arizona Wildcats football: Williams chosen as Heisman finalist over CareyDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Ka’Deem Carey and Boston College’s Andre Williams will meet later this week in Orlando as finalists for the Doak Walker Award and will face off on the field later this month in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl in Shreveport, La.

But Williams struck first on Monday.

The Boston College running back was named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy over Carey. He’ll travel to New York City for Saturday’s trophy presentation.

The other finalists are Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, Auburn running back Tre Mason, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.

Williams finished the regular season as the nation’s leading rusher with 2,102 rushing yards in 12 games and averaged 175.2 yards per game. Carey was second in yards per game at 156 and had 1,716 yards in 11 games.

Williams was held below 100 yards three times this season, including a 17-carry, 38-yard performance against USC. Carey went over the century mark in every game and rushed for 138 yards on 21 carries against the Trojans. USC was the only common opponent for the two backs.

Carey also averaged 170.67 yards against ranked opponents, compared to Williams’ 109.5 average.

But Williams was dynamic at times this season, going over 200 yards five different times, including a 339-yard performance against North Carolina State and a 295-yard output against New Mexico State.

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Daniel Berk began covering UA football in 2013 after spending two-plus years as the Star's high school sports coordinator. Previously, he served as the sports editor and NAU beat writer for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff for three years.

A University of Kansas graduate and St. Louis native, Berk is still getting used to 350 days of sunshine, the relentless "dry heat" of the summer and the fact that Tucson doesn't have a real hockey rink.

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