Ryan Williams (American football)
Williams with the Arizona Cardinals
|No. -- Free agent|
|Date of birth:||April 9, 1990|
|Place of birth:||Cold Spring, New York|
|Height:||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight:||207 lb (94 kg)|
|High school:||Stonewall Jackson|
|NFL draft:||2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
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.
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. 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. He began the 2010 season as a starter but injured his right hamstring in a game against East Carolina University and was out for four 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.
On August 19, 2011 during a pre-season football game against the Packers, Williams was injured early in the third quarter in his first run of the game. He suffered from a ruptured patella tendon in his right knee and missed the entire 2011 season.
Williams was released on May 12, 2014.
Ryan Williams was cut on August 30th by the Dallas Cowboys. He cleared waivers and was 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, 2015, he was released by the Cowboys with an injury settlement.
- Hokies tap RB Williams to start vs. Tide
- King, Randy (January 10, 2011). "Hokies' Williams opting for NFL". The Roanoke Times.
- Patra, Kevin (May 19, 2014). "Ryan Williams signed by Dallas Cowboys". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-07-27.