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Will Fuller
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Fuller with the Houston Texans in 2016
No. 15 – Houston Texans
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1994-04-16) April 16, 1994 (age 25)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:184 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High school:Philadelphia (PA) Roman Catholic
College:Notre Dame
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2019
Receptions:156
Receiving yards:2,231
Return yards:331
Rushing yards:6
Total touchdowns:17
Player stats at NFL.com

William Vincent Fuller V (born April 16, 1994) is an American football wide receiver for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Texans in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He played college football at Notre Dame.

High school career[edit]

One of five siblings (he has 4 sisters), Fuller attended Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he played high school football for the Cahillites.[1][2] As a senior in 2012, he was named the MVP of the Philadelphia Catholic League 4A, recording 57 receptions for 932 yards and eight touchdowns.[citation needed]

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was rated as the 19th best wide receiver prospect of his class.[3] He originally committed to play college football at Penn State on June 3, 2012 after receiving a scholarship offer while on a visit at the school.[4] However, Fuller would go on to switch his commitment to Notre Dame on August 5, 2012.[5]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Will Fuller
WR
Philadelphia, PA Roman Catholic HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 168 lb (76 kg) Aug 5, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 73
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 22 (WR), 3 (PA), 3 (regional), 179 (national)   Rivals: 19 (WR), 7 (PA), 176 (national)  ESPN: 31 (PA)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Notre Dame Football Commitment List". Rivals.com. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  • "Notre Dame College Football Recruiting Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  • "2013 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved December 27, 2015.

College career[edit]

Fuller played sparingly as a freshman at Notre Dame, catching only six passes. He scored his first touchdown on a 47-yard pass from Tommy Rees against Air Force on October 26, 2013. He recorded 160 receiving yards in that game, averaging 26.6 yards per catch, which led the team.[6]

Fuller emerged as a starter his sophomore year following an impressive off-season, following that up by having a breakout season for the Irish.[7] He recorded 76 receptions for 1,094 yards with 15 touchdowns, tying Golden Tate for the school single season record. His 15 touchdowns were tied for 3rd in FBS, behind Colorado State's Rashard Higgins and Alabama's Amari Cooper.[8] In a game versus Northwestern, he caught nine passes for 159 yards and 3 touchdowns; all career highs. He was recognized as an honorable mention All-American by Sports Illustrated following the season.[9]

Fuller started off his junior season with two touchdowns on 7 receptions for 142 yards versus Texas. The following week, against the Virginia Cavaliers, Fuller caught 5 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown pass with 12 seconds left from DeShone Kizer.[10] He had 6 receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown against Georgia Tech in Notre Dame's third game of the season, a 30–22 victory.[11] Against USC, he recorded 3 receptions for 131 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown to beat USC, 41–31. At Pitt, Fuller caught 7 passes for 152 yards and three touchdowns leading to 42–30 victory.[12] His three touchdowns allowed him to surpass both Golden Tate and Jeff Samardzija on the career touchdown list with 28, leaving him only second behind Michael Floyd's 37. Fuller caught 6 passes for 113 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown, in a losing effort against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. Fuller finished the season with 62 catches, career-high 1,258 yards with 14 touchdowns. He was named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press.[13]

On January 3, 2016, Fuller announced he would forego his senior year and enter the 2016 NFL Draft.[14] He finished his Notre Dame career with 144 receptions for 2,512 yards (17.4 avg) and 30 touchdowns.[15]

Collegiate statistics[edit]

Year Team Receiving
Rec Yards Avg TD Long Avg/G
2013 Notre Dame 6 160 26.1 1 47 12.3
2014 Notre Dame 76 1,094 14.4 15 75 84.2
2015 Notre Dame 62 1,258 20.3 14 81 96.8
Total 144 2,512 17.4 30 81 64.4

Professional career[edit]

At the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine, Fuller ran a 4.32 official 40-yard dash, which was the best time among wide receivers.[16]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 0 18 in
(1.83 m)
186 lb
(84 kg)
30 34 in
(0.78 m)
8 14 in
(0.21 m)
4.32 s 1.51 s 2.51 s 4.27 s 6.93 s 33 12 in
(0.85 m)
10 ft 6 in
(3.20 m)
10 reps
All values from NFL Combine[17][18]

Fuller was drafted by the Houston Texans in the first round with the 21st overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.[19] He was the second wide receiver taken in the 2016 NFL Draft, only behind Baylor's Corey Coleman, who went to the Cleveland Browns with the 15th overall pick.[20]

2016 season: Rookie year[edit]

In his first NFL game against the Chicago Bears on September 11, 2016, Fuller had five receptions (on 11 targets from quarterback Brock Osweiler) for 107 yards and a touchdown as the Texans won by a score of 23-14.[21] In the next game against the Kansas City Chiefs, he had 104 receiving yards on four receptions, including a juggled catch for 53 yards. The Texans won by a score of 19-12.[22] Two weeks later, Fuller returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans. In doing so, he became the first player in franchise history to record a punt return touchdown and a receiving touchdown in the same game (as he had a touchdown reception earlier in the game). The Texans won 27-20.[23]

On January 7, 2017, Fuller made his postseason debut against the Oakland Raiders in the Wild Card Round. He had four receptions for 37 yards in a 27–14 victory.[24] His postseason would end the following week in the Divisional Round against the eventual Super Bowl LI Champion New England Patriots. In the 34–16 road loss, Fuller had three receptions for 16 yards.[25]

In his rookie season, Fuller had 47 receptions for 635 yards, 196 return yards, two receiving touchdowns, and a return touchdown in 14 games and 13 starts.[26]

2017 season[edit]

On August 2, 2017, during training camp, Fuller suffered a broken collarbone and was expected to be out 2–3 months.[27]

On September 27, 2017, Fuller was upgraded to full participation in the Texans' practice.[28] He made his season debut for the Texans in a Week 4 57–14 win against the Tennessee Titans, catching four passes for 35 yards and two touchdowns along with a four-yard rush.[29] In the next game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Fuller caught two passes for 57 yards and a touchdown and rushed for five yards in the 43-24 loss.[30] The following week, he caught two passes for 62 yards and a touchdown as the Texans defeated the Cleveland Browns by a score of 33-17.[31] After a Week 7 bye, the Texans went on the road to face the Seattle Seahawks. In that game, Fuller caught five passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns as the Texans lost 41-38.[32]

Fuller finished the 2017 season with 28 receptions for 423 yards, 135 return yards, and seven receiving touchdowns in ten games and starts.[33]

2018 season[edit]

Fuller missed the season opener at the New England Patriots with a hamstring injury, which the Texans lost 27-20.[34] He made his season debut in Week 2 against the Tennessee Titans as the second receiver on the Texans' depth chart.[35] He had eight receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown in the 20–17 road loss.[36] In the following game, a 27-22 loss to the New York Giants, Fuller had another solid outing with five receptions for 101 receiving yards and a touchdown.[37] During Week 4, he notched his third consecutive game with a touchdown in a 37-34 overtime victory over the Indianapolis Colts.[38] During a Week 8 42-23 home victory against the Miami Dolphins, Fuller tore his ACL, prematurely ending his season.[39] In seven games and starts, he finished the season with 32 receptions for 503 yards and four touchdowns.[40] Without Fuller, the Texans finished atop the AFC South with an 11-5 record and lost to the Colts in the Wild Card Round 21-7.[41][42]

2019 season[edit]

On April 26, 2019, the Texans picked up the fifth-year option on Fuller's contract.[43]

Fuller returned from his injury in time for the Texans' season opener against the New Orleans Saints. He recorded two receptions for 69 yards in the narrow 30-28 road loss.[44] During a Week 5 53-32 victory against the Atlanta Falcons, Fuller finished with 217 receiving yards, marking the first time in his NFL career with 200+ yards in a game.[45] During Week 12 against the Indianapolis Colts, he racked up 140 yards on seven receptions in the 20-17 victory.[46]

Fuller finished the 2019 season with 49 receptions for 670 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games and starts.[47] The Texans finished atop the AFC South with a 10-6 record and were the #4 seed in the playoffs.[48] In the Divisional Round against the Kansas City Chiefs, Fuller caught five passes for 89 yards as the Texans lost on the road by a score of 51-31 after blowing a 24-0 lead in the second quarter.[49]

NFL statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Returning Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Ret Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2016 HOU 14 13 47 635 13.5 53 2 1 -3 -3.0 -3 0 13 196 15.1 67T 1 2 0
2017 HOU 10 10 28 423 15.1 59T 7 2 9 4.5 5 0 9 135 15.0 49 0 0 0
2018 HOU 7 7 32 503 15.7 73T 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019 HOU 11 11 49 670 13.7 54 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career 42 41 148 2,151 14.5 73T 16 3 6 2.0 5 0 22 331 15.0 67T 1 3 0

Postseason[edit]

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Returning Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Ret Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2016 HOU 2 2 7 53 7.6 19 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 3 46 15.0 18 0 0 0
2018 HOU 0 0 Did not play due to injury
2019 HOU 1 1 5 89 17.8 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 3 3 12 142 11.8 39 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 3 46 15.0 18 0 0 0

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