Ryan Williams (American football)

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Ryan Williams
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Williams with the Arizona Cardinals
No. -- Free agent
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-04-09) April 9, 1990 (age 26)
Place of birth: Cold Spring, New York
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school: Manassas (VA) Jackson
College: Virginia Tech
NFL draft: 2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards: 164
Rushing average: 2.8
Touchdowns: 0
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Ryan Gene Williams (born April 9, 1990) is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia Tech.

Early years[edit]

Williams attended Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas, Virginia. He was the starting tailback all four years. He finished with over 2,000 rushing yards, including 1,574 yards as a junior.

College career[edit]

As a freshman at Virginia Tech in 2008, Williams was redshirted. As a redshirt freshman in 2009, Williams took over as starting running back after starter Darren Evans suffered a season-ending ACL injury.[1] Through thirteen games he rushed for 1,655 yards on 293 carries, scored 21 touchdowns, and broke multiple Virginia Tech and ACC rushing records in the process - including Virginia Tech's single season rushing yards record and the ACC single season touchdown record with 22 touchdowns.[2] He began the 2010 season as a starter but injured his right hamstring in a game against East Carolina University and was out for three games before coming back against Duke.

On January 9, 2011, it was announced that Williams will give up his final 2 years of NCAA eligibility to make himself available for the 2011 NFL Draft.[3]


Year Team Att Yards Average TDs Receptions Yards TDs
2008 Virginia Tech
2009 Virginia Tech 293 1,655 5.6 22 16 180 1
2010 Virginia Tech 110 477 4.3 10 10 109 1
College Totals 403 2,132 4.9 32 26 289 2

Professional career[edit]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Williams was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round (38th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. On August 19, during a pre-season football game against the Green Bay Packers, Williams was injured early in the third quarter in his first run of the game, suffering a ruptured patella tendon in his right knee which cost him the entire 2011 season.

On October 09, 2012, he was placed on the injured reserve list with a left shoulder injury, after playing in only 5 games. He was released on May 12, 2014.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Williams signed as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys on May 17, 2014.[4] He was cut on August 30 and signed to the team's practice squad the following day.

On June 28, 2015, Williams was waived/injured, and reverted to Dallas' injured reserve the next day. On September 15, he was released by the Cowboys with an injury settlement.


  1. ^ Hokies tap RB Williams to start vs. Tide
  2. ^ Robertson, Jimmy (January 10, 2011). "Tennessee Notes & Quotes". hokiesports.com. 
  3. ^ King, Randy (January 10, 2011). "Hokies' Williams opting for NFL". The Roanoke Times. 
  4. ^ Patra, Kevin (May 19, 2014). "Ryan Williams signed by Dallas Cowboys". NFL.com. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 

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