LaQuan Williams

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LaQuan Williams
LaQuan Williams Navy Stadium 2012 Practice.jpg
Williams with the Ravens at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in August 2012.
No. --     Free Agent
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-06-27) June 27, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth: Baltimore, Maryland
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: Baltimore (MD) Poly
College: Maryland
Undrafted in 2011
Debuted in 2011 for the Baltimore Ravens
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Receptions 4
Receiving yards 46
Receiving TDs 0
Stats at NFL.com

LaQuan Williams (born June 27, 1988) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a Free Agent. He played college football at the University of Maryland. He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He has also played for the New England Patriots.[1]

Early life[edit]

Williams was born on June 27, 1988 in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute where he played on the football team as a quarterback and safety and on the basketball team as a shooting guard. In football, Williams won three varsity letters and started for two seasons. He caught 10 interceptions each in both his junior and senior seasons. In his final year, he gained 804 rushing yards, six rushing touchdowns, 630 passing yards, seven passing touchdowns, and returned two punts and a kickoff for touchdowns. The Baltimore Sun named him a second-team All-City player as a junior and a first-team All-City defensive back as a senior. In basketball, Williams was a four-year letter winner and averaged over 20.0 points per game.[2] Williams was recruited by Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and James Madison.[2]

College career[edit]

Williams attended the University of Maryland, where he majored in American studies.[2] He sat out his freshman season as a redshirt.[2] During the 2007 season, he split time at the Z-receiver position with Isaiah Williams.[2] Against No. 10 Rutgers, backup quarterback Chris Turner connected with Williams on two passes for 66 yards. Williams caught a spectacular diving reception for 27 yards that set up a score by running back Keon Lattimore for a 34–24 victory.[3] After the game against No. 8 Boston College, Williams suffered a season ending MCL sprain during practice.[4][5] The Sporting News named him to its ACC All-Freshman Team.[6]

During the 2008 season, Williams was limited to action in three games as a reserve because of a foot injury.[2] He was declared academically ineligible in early February 2009,[7] but regained eligibility in time for spring practice and the 2009 season.[8] He played in all 12 games including one as a starter.[2] Against Rutgers, Williams caught a 24-yard touchdown pass.[9]

Before the 2010 season, Williams beat out teammate Ronnie Tyler for the starting slot receiver position. He saw action in all 13 games, including three starts.[2] Williams had twelve tackles on special teams and at the end of the season earned the special teams captain award.[2] Against Wake Forest, Williams blocked a punt.

Professional career[edit]

Williams (15) at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in 2012. Also pictured are Anquan Boldin (81) and Torrey Smith (82).

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

The Baltimore Ravens signed Williams as an undrafted free agent in 2011. In his first preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, he made three catches for 46 yards and was the team's second leading receiver behind tight end Dennis Pitta.[10] Because of injury to Lee Evans, Williams played several games of the 2011 season as the Ravens' third receiver, including the Sunday Night Football matchup which saw the team sweep their heated rival Pittsburgh Steelers, in which he notched two big receptions for first downs. Along with time at receiver, he was also a special teams standout, recording 4 tackles in his rookie season while also returning 5 kicks for 109 yards on a 21.8 yard average in 2011. He also finished with four special teams tackles.

During the team's Super Bowl run in 2012, Williams saw no snaps on offense but collected five tackles on special teams. On September 1, 2013, the Ravens waived him.[11]

New England Patriots[edit]

The New England Patriots signed Williams to a one-year contract on November 5, 2013.

Ten days later, he was released by the New England Patriots on November 15, 2013.

Second stint with Baltimore Ravens[edit]

On April 24, 2014, Williams re-signed with the Baltimore Ravens.[12] The Ravens released Williams on August 25, 2014.[13]

Third stint with Baltimore Ravens[edit]

On December 3 2014, Williams was re-signed to the Baltimore Ravens practice squad. Just 6 days later, Williams was cut.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ex-Ravens WR LaQuan Williams signs with Patriots, Baltimore Sun, November 5, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Player Bio: LaQuan Williams, University of Maryland, retrieved August 13, 2011.
  3. ^ With Turner, Terps Have QB Decision, The Washington Post, October 2, 2007.
  4. ^ Maryland's Season No Longer Going Downhill, The Washington Post, November 16, 2007.
  5. ^ Gardner keeps fighting off pain, The Washington Times, December 15, 2007.
  6. ^ 2007 Sporting News ACC All-Freshman Team, Sporting News, December 15, 2007.
  7. ^ LaQuan Williams ineligible, could return, The Washington Times, February 4, 2009.
  8. ^ L. Williams eligible, The Washington Times, February 13, 2009.
  9. ^ Terps vs. Rutgers Quarterly Report, Scout.com, September 26, 2009.
  10. ^ Three up, three down in Ravens' loss to Eagles, MASN Sports, August 12, 2011.
  11. ^ Mink, Ryan (September 1, 2013). "Ravens Waive WR LaQuan Williams". BaltimoreRavens.com. Retrieved 2013-10-01. 
  12. ^ Downing, Garrett (April 24, 2014). "WR LaQuan Williams Re-Signs With Ravens". BaltimoreRavens.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  13. ^ Ravens Trim Roster Down To 75

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