Troy Williamson

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Troy Williamson
No. 19, 82, 84
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-04-30) April 30, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth: Aiken, South Carolina
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 203 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school: Silver Bluff High School
College: South Carolina
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Debuted in 2005 for the Minnesota Vikings
Career history
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Receptions 87
Receiving yards 1,131
Receiving touchdowns 4
Stats at NFL.com

Troy "Wide-Open" Williamson (born April 30, 1983) is a former American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League for five seasons. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings seventh overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at South Carolina.

Early years[edit]

Troy Williamson attended Silver Bluff High School in Aiken, South Carolina, and he was a letterman and excelled in both football and track. In football, as a senior, he rushed for 890 yards and caught 21 passes for 500 yards (23.8 yards per rec. avg.). He was an All-American, a consensus All-State selection, won Class-AA Player of the Year honors presented by the High School Sports Report, a Mr. Football finalist for the state of South Carolina, and helped lead his team to back-to-back state championships. After his senior season, he was rated the fifth-best wide receiver prospect in the Atlantic Region by PrepStar.

Track and field[edit]

In track, Williamson was a two-time 100 meters and 200 meters state champion, with personal bests of 10.35 and 20.79 seconds.

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
55 meters 6.32 Columbia, New York February 21, 2004
60 meters 6.77 Lexington, Kentucky February 28, 2004
100 meters 10.35 Spring Valley, New York April 20, 2002
200 meters 20.79 Minneapolis, Minnesota January 14, 2006

Professional career[edit]

2005 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 1¼ in 203 lb 4.32 s 1.58 s 2.57 s 4.00 s 7.10 s 37 in 21
All values from NFL Combine[1][2]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

The Vikings needed a receiver with deep speed after trading Randy Moss to Oakland, drafting Williamson with the 7th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. In the 2006−2007 off-season he claimed his hand-eye coordination was bad due to his depth perception[3] and that was the reason for his 11 dropped balls, which tied for second in the NFL. The Vikings 2007 season was equally difficult for Williamson, who finished with 240 yards and 1 touchdown. Most notably in the Vikings' finale, Williamson dropped two crucial passes. First, a wide-open Williamson dropped an almost-certain 72-yard touchdown pass from Tarvaris Jackson in the second quarter[4] and then another pass that would have yielded a critical first down later in the game.[5]

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

After the 2007 season Williamson was traded for a 6th round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Vikings ended up using that pick to select Jaymar Johnson. Williamson controversially stated that he "wants to duke it out" with former Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress, adding that they could "meet at the 50-yard line and go at it."[6] The Jaguars released Williamson on September 4, 2010.[7]

NFL stats[edit]

Receiving Stats[8]

Year Team Games Receptions Targets Yards Yards per Reception Longest Reception Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
2005 MIN 14 24 - 372 15.5 56 2 18 0 0
2006 MIN 14 37 76 455 12.3 46 0 22 0 0
2007 MIN 11 18 37 240 13.3 60 1 9 0 0
2008 JAX 8 5 13 30 6.0 10 1 2 0 0
2009 JAX 2 3 4 34 11.3 13 0 1 1 1
Career 49 87 130 1,131 13.0 60 4 52 1 1

Returning Stats[8]

Year Team Games Punt Return Attempts Punt Return Yards Punts Returned for Touchdown Punts Fair Caught Longest Punt Return Kickoff Return Attempts Kickoff Return Yards Kickoffs Returned for Touchdown Kickoffs Fair Caught Longest Kickoff Return
2005 MIN 14 0 0 0 0 0 12 192 0 0 28
2006 MIN 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 324 0 0 44
2007 MIN 11 0 0 0 0 0 17 387 0 0 56
2008 JAX 8 0 0 0 0 0 4 84 0 0 26
Career 47 0 0 0 0 0 47 987 0 0 56

Rushing Stats[8]

Year Team Games Carries Yards Yards per Carry Longest Carry Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
2005 MIN 14 3 28 9.3 11 0 2 0 0
2007 MIN 11 2 29 14.5 26 0 1 0 0
2008 JAX 8 1 1 1.0 1 0 0 0 0
Career 49 6 58 9.7 26 0 3 0 0

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