We are clearly not empowered to dole out awards — for one thing, engraving at mall kiosks can be pricey. If, however, Soaring to Glory was to issue team MVP awards for the 2013 Boston College football season, at least two of our choices are obvious.
2013 Boston College Offensive and Overall Team MVP
Here was one of the obvious choices: Andre Williams.
Williams, thanks in part to the help of his offensive line (and we’d be a bunch of filthy ingrates if we didn’t make note of their strong performance this season), had the best running back season in Boston College history. In fact, it was up there in ACC history, as well as college football history in terms of yardage.
Heisman finalist, Doak Walker winner, All-American… other guys on this team had nice seasons, but none of them had one as good as Andre Williams did. An absolute no-brainer.
2013 Boston College Defensive MVP
This was not an obvious one. It was down to two main candidates, but we’re going with Kasim Edebali.
Edebali was not at the top of the team in terms of tackles, having 67 of them, but he filled out many categories for this defense. He led the team is sacks (9.5), tackles for a loss (15), and quarterback hurries (3), but complemented these with five pass breakups, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. This senior had a solid year leading by example and seemed to come out of his shell in the new defensive scheme. Don Brown let him loose and he shined.
2013 Boston College Special Teams MVP
Back to the obvious choices: Nate Freese.
He missed just one kick all season, including both field goals and extra points, and worked out as a decent punter during his senior year as well. Freese did it all and his leg will be missed at Alumni Stadium.