Four former Boston College football players - running back Andre Williams, linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis, placekicker Nate Freese and defensive lineman Kaleb Ramsey - were drafted in the 2014 NFL Draft on Saturday.
Williams was selected by the New York Giants in the fourth round (113th overall). Pierre-Louis was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round (132nd overall). Freese was selected by the Detroit Lions in the seventh round (229th overall), while Ramsey was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round (243rd overall).
Williams, a finalist for the Heisman Memorial Trophy and recipient of the Doak Walker Award given annually to college football's premier running back, is a 6-foot, 227-pound product of Schnecksville, Pa. He captured unanimous All-America first-team honors after recording the fifth-highest statistical season in the history of college football as a senior last fall. Williams started all 13 games in 2013 and led the nation in rushing attempts (355) and rushing yards (2,177).
He became the 16th player in Football Bowl Subdivision history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in the regular season. Williams broke the 2,000-yard plateau in the team's 29-26 win at Maryland (Nov. 23) in the 11th game of the season.
Williams finished his collegiate career having registered 704 rushing attempts for a school-record 3,739 yards and 28 touchdowns in 44 career games.
Pierre-Louis, a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference honoree and winner of the Walter Camp Football Foundation Connecticut Player of the Year, is a 6-foot-1, 225-pound product of Norwalk, Conn. He earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team honors and Walter Camp Football Foundation Connecticut Player of the Year honors after recording 108 tackles, including 10.5 tackles for loss and one interception, as a senior in 2013.
Pierre-Louis concluded his collegiate career with 360 tackles, including 214 solo tackles and 23 tackles for loss in 44 games.
Freese, an ESPN All-American and All-ACC first-team honoree, finished his senior season with a perfect 20-for-20 in field-goal attempts. A native of Strongsville, Ohio, Freese connected on six field goals of 40 yards or more, including two from 50-plus yards, in 2013. Most notably, Freese lifted Boston College to a 29-26 win at Maryland on Nov. 23 by connecting on a 52-yard field goal as time expired.
Freese finished his collegiate career as Boston College's career record holder for field goals (70) and points (324). He connected on 70-of-81 field goal attempts (.864) in 50 games.
Ramsey is a 6-foot-3, 285-pound defensive lineman from Uniontown, Pa., who recorded 28 tackles, including 16 solo tackles and 4.0 tackles for loss of 24 yards, in 10 games in 2013. Ramsey missed significant portions of both the 2011 and 2012 seasons because of injury.