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A Run at History for Trayveon Williams

By BJ Bennett
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It was fitting fall finale for Trayveon Williams, who capped off the college football calendar year with a run very few have made.

Texas A&M running back Trayveon Williams put the exclamation point on a season for the record books in the Aggies' 52-13 victory over North Carolina State in Jacksonville. He ran 19 times for a Gator Bowl-record 236 yards and three touchdowns, also making history, with a 93-yard touchdown burst, in setting a new program record for most rushing yards in a single year with 1,760. Williams ran by and through defenders, setting an all-time tone for a dominant grand finale in Jimbo Fisher's high-profile debut.

As notable as Williams' production was, for him, it was simply more of the same.

The Gator Bowl was the fifth 200-yard showcase for Williams in his three-year career. He now has six 150-yard performances this season, including four in a row. Remarkably, Williams finishes this fall with 1,036 yards and ten touchdowns over Texas A&M's last five games alone. He ranked second in the nation in rushing for the month of November -- then had one of the most-productive bowl efforts in modern college football history.

Breaking free on his final touchdown run, nearly going the entire length of the field, Williams, chasing greatness, was grateful. 

"It was a special moment. I just want to thank Coach Fisher and the whole coaching staff, just everybody and the 12th Man, this whole program that really came together," he smiled.

It was an emotional sequence for Williams after breaking the school record for rushing yards in a single season.

"Everybody was running up to me telling me they love me," Williams shared, "so I shed a few tears."

It was fitting fall finale for Williams, who capped off the college football calendar year with a run very few have made. Since 2000, he is one of just three running backs with a season with at least 1,700 rushing yards, 18 touchdowns, 6.45 yards per carry and 25 receptions, joining Ezekiel Elliott and Larry Johnson. Furthermore, his 1,760 yards is the seventh-highest one-year total for an SEC running back ever.

Williams was unstoppable late this season, serving as the individual catalyst for all of the momentum Fisher has brought to College Station. Regardless of what Williams does regarding his final year of eligibility and the NFL Draft, his 2018 season, and his showing in the Gator Bowl, is already part of a considerable legacy. With 3,615 career yards, Williams now ranks 17th all-time in the SEC in rushing; for point of reference, he has more rushing yards than Derrick Henry. Looking ahead to a potential senior year, 1,645 yards would make Williams, not Herschel Walker, the league's career rushing leader. 

Texas A&M, with four straight wins to finish the season and impressive recruiting success, ended the year as one of the nation's hottest programs. Williams was clearly out in front.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports