DeAngelo Williams

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DeAngelo Williams
DeAngelo Williams.jpg
DeAngelo Williams at the Sorcerer Hat Stage during ESPN The Weekend, February 26, 2010.
No. 34     Carolina Panthers
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-04-25) April 25, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth: Little Rock, Arkansas
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Wynne (AR)
College: Memphis
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Debuted in 2006 for the Carolina Panthers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl (2009)
  • Second-team All-Pro (2008)
  • NFL Rushing Touchdowns Leader (2008)
  • NCAA record 34 100-yard rushing games
  • First-team All-American (2005)
  • ARA Sportsmanship Award (2005)
  • Motor City Bowl record for rushing yards (238) and touchdowns (3)
  • Carolina Panthers single-game rushing touchdown record (4)
  • Carolina Panthers single-game rushing yards record (210)
  • Carolina Panthers season record for rushing yards (1,515)
  • Carolina Panthers season records for rushing touchdowns (18) and total touchdowns (20)
  • NFC Offensive Player of the Month (December 2008)
  • Carolina Panthers all-time career leader(Rushing attempts,Rushing yards,Rushing TDs)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2014
Rushing Attempts 1,433
Rushing yards 6,846
Rushing TDs 46
Stats at NFL.com

DeAngelo Chondon Williams[1] (born April 25, 1983) is an American football running back for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). Williams played college football for the University of Memphis. He was drafted by the Panthers 27th overall in the 2006 NFL Draft.

College career[edit]

Williams attended the University of Memphis, where he played for the Memphis Tigers football team. He holds the Division I National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) record for 100-yard rushing games (34). He also ranks fourth on the all-time NCAA rushing list with 6,026 yards. Williams was on the 2004 Pro Football Weekly All-America Team.

In his final college game, the 2005 Motor City Bowl, Williams helped Memphis defeat the Akron Zips 38-31 by running for a Bowl record 238 yards and scoring 3 touchdowns. His performance made him the top ground-gainer in college football in 2005. He was also an All-America selection by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the Walter Camp Foundation.

Williams was a finalist for the 2005 Doak Walker Award, which was awarded to Reggie Bush. He came in seventh overall in the Heisman Trophy voting. In 2005, he was named the inaugural winner of the ARA Sportsmanship Award, presented by the Awards and Recognition Association to the Division I football player who best exhibits sportsmanship both on and off the field.

College statistics[edit]

Source: [1]

  Rushing Receiving
Season Team GP Att Yds Avg Yds/G Long TD Rec Yds Long TD
2002 MEM 10 103 684 6.6 68.4 31 5 5 51 32 0
2003 MEM 11 243 1,430 5.9 130.0 49 10 35 384 80 3
2004 MEM 12 313 1,948 6.2 162.3 75 22 18 210 68 1
2005 MEM 11 310 1,964 6.3 178.5 76 18 12 78 29 1
Total 44 969 6,026 6.2 137.0 86 55 70 723 80 5

Professional career[edit]

2006 NFL Draft[edit]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
5-9 * 214 lb * 4.40** X X 4.10* 6.57** 35 ½ in. * 10'09" ** 25 * X

(* represents NFL Combine** Represents Memphis pro-day)[2]

In January, Williams attended the 2006 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, an annual event in which college seniors and professional prospects are evaluated by NFL personnel in preparation for the NFL Draft. His height was officially measured at 5'9, which led some scouts to question his potential as an undersized back in the NFL. However, scouting reports soon placed him among the most impressive performers during the practice week leading up to the Bowl, and Williams punctuated the week with a strong, if brief, showing in the game itself, rushing for 31 yards on 3 carries and catching 2 passes for 28 yards. For the Combine, Williams trained at D1 Sports Training in Nashville, TN.

On March 24, at Pro Day on the University of Memphis campus, Williams ostensibly improved his draft stock even further with an exceptional workout. He ran his 40 yard dash in 4.40 seconds with the wind and 4.48 seconds against the wind. He also impressed in the short shuttle, the three-cone drill, and the long shuttle. In addition, he recorded a 34½-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-9 broad jump and caught the ball well in receiving drills.

Carolina Panthers[edit]

Though at one point he was considered a top ten pick, with some projecting him as high as #4 overall to the New York Jets, Williams saw his draft stock fall a bit in weeks preceding the draft, as many teams filled their needs at the running back position via free agency. On April 29, 2006, Williams was selected by the Carolina Panthers with the 27th overall pick in the NFL Draft. He joined Reggie Bush, LenDale White, Laurence Maroney and Joseph Addai, among others, in a promising draft class at running back. Williams adopted the jersey number 34, which he wore in high school the same as his hero at the time Ricky Williams.

2006 season[edit]

He played in the first five games of the 2006 season and looked promising as an alternative to DeShaun Foster in the Carolina backfield, compiling an impressive average of 5.3 yards per carry. He missed weeks 6 through 8 with a sprained ankle. In week 11 against St. Louis, Williams filled in for Foster, who had injured his elbow, and totaled 20 carries for 114 yards. In a Monday Night Football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Williams started for an injured DeShaun Foster and managed 74 rushing yards on 17 carries and an impressive 101 receiving yards on 7 catches with a touchdown. He had 501 rushing yards and 1 touchdown on the year.

2007 season[edit]

In the 2007 season, Williams continued to back up DeShaun Foster. He had his first 100 yard game of the season in a win week six against the Arizona Cardinals. In the fourth quarter he clinched the win with a 75 yard run, the longest in team history, only to be tackled short of the goal line. On the very next play he ran the ball to the right corner of endzone for his first touchdown of the season. The next five weeks, he had low numbers due to limited playing time. In the final week of the season, Williams rushed for 121 yards on 20 carries while scoring 2 touchdowns. He finished the season with 144 carries for 717 yards and was ninth in the NFL in yards per carry (5.0).

2008 season[edit]

Williams established himself as the starting running back for the Panthers prior to the 2008 season. During the 2008 season, Williams shared carries with 2008 draft pick Jonathan Stewart, though Williams received a majority of the work. On November 30, 2008, Williams set a franchise record for rushing touchdowns in one game by scoring four touchdowns in a week 13 game against the Green Bay Packers. In week 15 of the 2008 season, Williams was selected FedEx Ground Player-of-the-Week after a dominating performance in which he rushed for 186 yards on 19 carries and 2 touchdowns vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football. On December 21, 2008, in a game against the New York Giants for the number one playoff seed, Williams rushed for 108 yards and four touchdowns in an overtime loss. Williams did not fumble the entire 2008 season. Despite having a stellar season, he was unable to make the Pro Bowl over Clinton Portis, despite having more total yards, touchdowns, and yards per carry. This is mainly attributed to Portis outperforming Williams the first half of the season, as well as the large Redskins fanbase. Williams did, however, make the All-Pro team. He finished the 08 season with 273 carries for 1,515 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns, to go along with 22 catches for 121 yards and 2 more touchdowns. Williams credited much of his 2008 success to a discussion with Vinny Testaverde and improved pre-game preparation.[3] After the season, Williams was voted Pro Football Weekly and the Professional Football Writers of America's Most Improved Player of the Year.[4]

2009 season[edit]

In week 7 of the 2009 NFL season, DeAngelo Williams broke a 77 yard run against the Cardinals, breaking his previous record of 75 yards, which was also set against Arizona. The Panthers got their revenge from the previous year's playoff loss as they beat the Cardinals 34-21. In a game against Tampa Bay, Williams had 152 Rushing yards as he scored the game winning touchdown in Carolina's 28-21 win. Despite missing all of 3 games and most of 2 more due to injury, Williams managed to rush for 1,117 yards and 7 touchdowns on 216 carries, as well as receiving for 252 yards on 29 catches, earning himself a spot in the Pro Bowl. He and Jonathan Stewart became the first running back duo in NFL History to rush for 1,110 yards apiece (with Stewart rushing for 1,133 yards), as well as becoming the first Panther running back to rush for 1,000 in consecutive seasons.

During the 2010 Pro Bowl, Williams scored a touchdown on a 7 yard run, the first by a Panthers player in team history. He finished the game with 2 carries for 6 yards and a touchdown, as well as a 15 yard reception.

2010 season[edit]

Williams injured his right foot during the Panthers' 24 October 2010 home win against the San Francisco 49ers.[5] He did not play again before being placed on injured reserve on 17 November 2010, with what was announced to be a mid-foot sprain.[6] Williams finished the year with 361 yards and one touchdown on 87 rushes, along with 61 yards and no touchdowns on 11 catches. On July 27, 2011, Williams signed a 5 year $43 Million Contract Extension to stay with the Panthers.

2011 season[edit]

In 2011, the Panthers drafted Cam Newton as their starting quarterback.[7] This resulted in a three way split for carries between Williams, Stewart, and Newton. Williams helped the trio finish third in the league in total rushing yards with 2,408.[8] The Panthers also finished first in average yards per carry and first in total touchdowns with 26.[9] Williams finished the season with 836 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.

2012 season[edit]

In 2012, the Panthers signed former San Diego Chargers fullback Mike Tolbert. The signing meant that Williams' carries would yet again be split with Stewart, Newton, and newcomer Tolbert. Although he played every game of the season, he only started 10 of the games. He recorded 737 yards on 173 attempts. He scored five rushing touchdowns and two on the receiving end.

2013 season[edit]

In 2013, Williams had his most attempts (201) since his pro bowl season in 2009. However, he did not make much out of these carries, only rushing for 843 yards. He scored 3 rushing touchdowns, his fewest since his injury plagued season in 2010, and one receiving.

2014 season[edit]

Williams rushed for 72 yards on 12 attempts in a week one victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Williams missed the second and third games of the season vs the Detroit Lions and the Pittsburgh Steelers respectively, because of a hamstring injury that he suffered during a practice in between week one and two.[10] In a week four loss versus the Baltimore Ravens, Williams suffered a high ankle sprain and was taken out of the game. His cast was removed on October 6, 2014.[11] Coach Ron Rivera has said that Williams would be able to return for week nine.[12][13] In a week thirteen loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Williams fractured his right middle finger. He was listed as day to day.[14][15] He missed a week fourteen victory over the New Orleans Saints due to his hand injury.[16] He was listed as doubtful for the week fifteen game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[17]

Panthers franchise records[edit]

  • Most career rushing yards: 6,699 [18]
  • Most career rushing touchdowns: 46 [19]
  • Longest rushing attempt: 77 (in 2009 vs Arizona Cardinals)[20]
  • Most rushing yards in a single season: 1,515 (2008)[21]
  • Most rushing touchdowns in a single season: 18 (2008)[22]
  • Most Rushing Touchdowns in a single game (4)
  • Most Rushing yards in a single game: 210 (2012)[23]

Nickname controversy[edit]

Williams tends to rely on his speed and agility more than his power, while his teammate Jonathan Stewart will use his power. This led to Williams nicknaming their rushing tandem 'Smash and Dash', which gained national attention after their 301 yard performance against Tampa Bay. Controversy ensued as then Tennessee Titans' running backs LenDale White and Chris Johnson claimed they stole their nickname, and that they had invented it first. White called Williams and Stewart 'Identity' and 'Theft', and noted they had made T-Shirts with 'Smash and Dash' on it. To determine a new nickname, Williams and Stewart created a website, and allowed fans to suggest names. They eventually decided on 'Double Trouble', and have retained that nickname, despite Johnson later renouncing the nickname.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Source: [2]

Year Team GP GS Rushing Receiving Kickoff Returns Fumbles
Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Ret Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2006 CAR 13 2 121 501 4.1 31 1 33 313 9.5 41 1 32 623 19.5 39 0 1 0
2007 CAR 16 0 144 717 5.0 75 4 23 175 7.6 30 1 13 231 17.8 29 0 1 1
2008 CAR 16 16 273 1,515 5.5 69 18 22 121 5.5 25 2 -- -- -- -- -- 0 0
2009 CAR 13 13 216 1,117 5.2 77 7 29 252 8.7 30 0 -- -- -- -- -- 3 3
2010 CAR 6 6 87 361 4.1 39 1 11 61 5.5 14 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2011 CAR 16 14 155 836 5.4 74 7 16 135 8.4 32 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 0
2012 CAR 16 10 173 737 4.3 65 5 13 187 14.4 53 2 -- -- -- -- -- 2 2
2013 CAR 15 15 201 843 4.2 43 3 26 333 12.8 72 1 -- -- -- -- -- 3 2
2014 CAR 6 6 63 219 3.5 17 0 5 44 8.8 30 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
Total 117 82 1,433 6,846 4.8 77 46 178 1,621 9.1 72 7 45 854 19.0 39 0 12 10

Playoffs[edit]

Source: [3]

Year Team GP GS Rushing Receiving Fumbles
Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2008 CAR 1 1 12 63 5.3 31 0 1 6 6.0 6 0 0 0
2013 CAR 1 1 5 13 2.6 7 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Total 2 2 17 76 3.9 31 0 1 6 6.0 6 0 0 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ESPN Profile". ESPN.com. 
  2. ^ http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=13250&draftyear=2006&genpos=RBl
  3. ^ http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gxUlPtXNtOeiOETh_xObWmIJN1WgD95ARET83
  4. ^ http://www.profootballweekly.com/PFW/Features/NFL+Features/2008/awardmip.htm
  5. ^ http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2010/11/17/deangelo-williams-out-for-season/
  6. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5817339
  7. ^ http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft/rounds/_/year/2011
  8. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/statistics/team/_/stat/rushing/year/2011
  9. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/statistics/team/_/stat/rushing/sort/yardsPerRushAttempt/year/2011
  10. ^ http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/09/21/no-deangelo-williams-for-panthers-tonight/
  11. ^ http://espn.go.com/blog/carolina-panthers/post/_/id/9371/norman-being-tested-for-concussion-williams-cast-off
  12. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11774045/carolina-panthers-deangelo-williams-ready-roll-return-ankle-injury
  13. ^ http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/DeAngelo-Williams-ready-to-roll/5b3c5c80-964f-4d38-bb92-ec737147dfd0
  14. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11964172/deangelo-williams-carolina-panthers-broken-bone-hand
  15. ^ http://fantasynews.cbssports.com/fantasyfootball/update/24855757/panthers-confirm-deangelo-williams-suffered-broken-finger
  16. ^ http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/12/05/deangelo-williams-out-this-week-but-greg-olsens-ok/
  17. ^ http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/12/11/5378801/carolina-panthers-rb-deangelo.html
  18. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/car/career-rushing.htm
  19. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/car/career-rushing.htm
  20. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/car/career-rushing.htm
  21. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/car/single-season-rushing.htm
  22. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/car/single-season-rushing.htm
  23. ^ http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/12/30/3755762/panthers-deangelo-williams-runs.html

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