Heisman Trophy candidate who led the nation in 2004 with 22 rushing touchdowns...Opted to return to Memphis for his senior season, and has been projected as a top five draft pick in 2006 by Mel Kiper and CBSSportsline.com...Opened the 2005 season as the NCAA's active career running back in rushing touchdowns, rushing yards, yards per carry and all-purpose yards...Also entered 2005 as the leading returning rusher in the nation in total rushing yards, having amassed 1,948 yards in 2004.
Ended his senior campaign ranked No. 1 nationally in rushing with an average of 178.55 yards per game...Led the nation in rushing yards with 1,964, after totaling 238 yards in the Motor City Bowl...Williams also ended the season ranked fourth in all-purpose yards and seventh in scoring.
With his 123 yards rushing and 29 yards receiving against USM, DeAngelo Williams became the NCAA career leader in all-purpose yards. Through 44 career games, he totaled 7,573 career all-purpose yards, surpassing Ricky Williams who previously held the NCAA record with 7,206 yards for Texas from 1995-98.
DeAngelo Williams opened the East Carolina game ranked 10th in NCAA history in career rushing yards. With his 226 yards vs. ECU, Williams passed Archie Griffin (5,177, 1972-75, Ohio State), Herschel Walker (5,259 yards, 1980-82, Georgia) and LaDainian Tomlinson (5,263 yards, 1997-2000, TCU) on the NCAA's all-time rushing list. He entered the USM game ranked No. 7 behind Cedric Benson who totaled 5,540 yards for Texas from 2001-04. With his 123 yards vs. the Golden Eagles, Williams totaled 5,661 yards and ranks fourth all-time. He passed Cedric Benson, Travis Prentice and Charles White for the No. 4 slot. With his 6,026 career yards, Williams finished his career ranked fourth all-time behind Tony Dorsett (6,082 yds.), Ricky Williams (6,279 yds.) and record holder Ron Dayne who amassed 6,397 yard on 1,115 carries at Wisconsin from 1996-99.
Williams set an NCAA record in career games of 100 yards rushing following his 238 yards against Akron in the Motor City Bowl - a bowl record. He completed his career with 34 games of more than 100 yards rushing, surpassing Heisman Trophy winners Archie Griffin (Ohio State) and Tony Dorsett (Pittsburgh) who amassed a then-NCAA record 33 career games of 100 or more yards.
2005: With his 223 yards rushing against Tulsa on Sept. 24, 2005, Williams became Conference USA's all-time rushing leader. Williams surpassed MeWelde Moore who totaled 4,364 yards for Tulane from 2000-03. Moore obtained his yardage on 909 carries, while Williams finished his career with 6,026 yards on 969 carries.
Against Houston, Williams became Conference USA's all-time leader in all-purpose yards, surpassing Tulane's MeWelde Moore, who totaled 6,505 yards from 2000-03.
In three straight games against Tulsa, Chattanooga and UTEP, Williams rushed for more than 200 yards. He rolled off 205 yards against UTC and then returned a week later to rush for 223 yards against Tulsa on the road. On Oct. 1 versus UTEP, Williams gained 236 yards on 35 carries, including a long touchdown run of 74 yards. With his 238 yards rushing in the Motor City Bowl, Williams totals nine games of 200 or more yards rushing, and is the only player in C-USA history to rush for 200-plus yards in three consecutive games.
With his three rushing touchdowns against Chattanooga in 2005, Williams became the C-USA career record holder in rushing touchdowns with 40 and in touchdowns scored (regardless of method) with 44. DeMarco McCleskey, who played for former C-USA member Cincinnati from 1998-2002, previously held both records with 37 and 41, respectively. Williams added three rushing touchdowns against Tulsa and two versus UTEP, Houston and East Carolina, one versus USM, two in the regular season finale against Marshall and three in the Motor City Bowl to bring his total to 55 rushing touchdowns. He hauled in his first TD catch of the season against Southern Miss, and now has 60 total TDs.
Has been named a C-USA Offensive Player of the Week twice this season, and seven times in his career. The 2005 honors followed the UTEP and East Carolina games in which he rushed for 236 and 226 yards, respectively.
Ranks second in the Memphis record book in scoring behind teammate Stephen Gostkowski. His 362 points were obtained through 55 rushing TDs, five receiving TDs and a two-point conversion.
National Honors: 2005 Walter Camp All-America Team...2005 AFCA Coaches All-America Team...2005 Doak Walker Award finalist...2005 ARA Sportsmanship Award recipient...2005 Maxwell Award semi-finallist...2005 Associated Press All-American...2005 Playboy All-America Team...NationalChamps.Net Preseason All-America First Team (2005)...Player to Watch in 2005 and an Outstanding Running Back by the Touchdown Club of Columbus (OH)...Finalist for the John Wooden Cup (2004)...First-Team All-America by Pro Football Weekly (2004)...Third-Team All-America by the Associated Press (2004)...Second-Team All-America by SI.com (2004)...First-Team All-Junior Offense and Second-Team All-America Offense by CollegeSportsReport.com (2004)...Semifinalist for the 2004 Doak Walker Award and the Maxwell Award...Finalist for the Hossman Trophy (2004)...Walter Camp Award watch list...Pre-season Second-Team All-America by Athlon Sports (2004)...Listed by CBSSportsline.com as one of the 50 most relevant people in college football prior to start of the 2004 season...2004 Tennessee Player of the Year by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association...Male Amateur Athlete of the Year by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame (2005, 2006)...CoSIDA Academic All-America All-District (2003)...New Orleans Bowl Scholar-Athlete Award (2003)...C-USA All-Freshman Team by The Sporting News (2002).
Conference USA: A three-time Conference USA Player of the Year (2005, 2004, 2003)...First-Team All-C-USA in 2003, 2004 and 2005...C-USA All-Freshman Team in 2002...C-USA Player of the Week seven times in his career...Picked to the C-USA All-Decade Team...Holds the league record for rushing yards in a season with 1,964 and rushing touchdowns with 22...Holds the C-USA all-time record in career rushing yards and all-purpose yards...Also owns the league record in rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns.
Career: Holds numerous U of M rushing, scoring and all-purpose records...Owns all Tiger career rushing records including, carries (969), yards (6,026), rushing average (6.2), rushing touchdowns (55), 100-yard games (34)...Holds the single-season records in carries (313), yards (1,964) and rushing touchdowns (22)...Set a new school record in 2004 with 263 yards rushing against USF...Set a new single-season record for all-purpose yards with 2,230 in 2004...Has amassed 7,573 all-purpose yards in his career for another school record, and an NCAA record...Holds the record for points scored in a game with 24, and in touchdowns in a game with 4, of which he accomplished three times in his career...Holds the record in points scored in a season with 138 (2004) and in touchdowns in a season with 23 (2004)...Ranks No. 2 in career points scored with 362...Owns the record for touchdowns scored in a career with 60.
2004: Led the nation in rushing touchdowns with 22...Finished the season ranked second in rushing yardage with 1,948 yards...Tied former Heisman Trophy winner Tony Dorsett for the 13th-highest single-season rushing total in NCAA history...Ranked second nationally in scoring with 138 points and in all-purpose yards with 2,230 yards...Rushed for more than 100 yards in 10 of the 12 games...Logged more than 200 yards in four games, including three of the last five contest...Is the only Tiger in school history to rush for more than 200 yards in multiple games...Boasted an average of 220.7 yards per game in games broadcast by ESPN during the regular season...Led the Tigers in rushing in the season opener with 118 yards against Ole Miss, marking his 11th consecutive 100-yard outing...Had a career-high 37 rushing attempts against the Rebels...Scored the Tigers' first touchdown of the season on a 10-yard run in the first quarter of the Ole Miss contest...Tallied 44 yards in kickoff returns and added one pass reception in the win...Led the Tigers to a victory over Chattanooga with 136 yards rushing and three touchdowns on the ground...Also caught two passes for 87 yards and scored on a 68-yard pass...Totaled four touchdowns in the win to mark the first time in his career that he scored four times in a single game...Rushed for 144 yards and one touchdown in the Tigers' win over Arkansas State...Logged his third 100-yard performance of the 2004 season and his 13th consecutive at the U of M versus the Indians...Was held to just 92 yards rushing by UAB, snapping his streak of 100-yard performances...Had one of his best games as a Tiger against Houston when he rushed for a then-school record 262 yards and four touchdowns...His 262 yards broke the mark set by Paul Gowen against Tulsa in 1970...With his 262 yards against Houston, he also shattered Dave Casinelli's career rushing record of 2,636 yards set between 1960-63...Logged four touchdowns again to tie the record he set earlier in the year against UTC...Named the C-USA Offensive Player of the Week following the Houston meeting...Gained 132 yards and scored two touchdowns in the Tigers' win over Tulane, averaging 6.9 yards per carry against the Green Wave...Held to just 57 yards rushing on 16 attempts in the Cincinnati game...Rebounded from the UC meeting, and rushed for 200 yards and one touchdown in the nationally-televised Louisville game...Helped Memphis gain its sixth win of the season with 199 yards rushing against Southern Mississippi...Scored on touchdown runs of four and 75 yards, and averaged 7.4 yards per carry versus USM...His two rushing touchdowns in the Southern Mississippi game set a Memphis record for the most rushing touchdowns in a single season with 15 and upped his career total to 30 rushing touchdowns...Again named the C-USA Offensive Player of the Week following the USM game...Led the Tigers to a win over East Carolina with 225 yards rushing and four touchdowns, marking the third time in his career he scored four times in a game...Had touchdown runs of four, six, 48 and 30 yards, and averaged 7.0 yards per carry against the Pirates...Finished the regular season with another outstanding performance, breaking his own single-game rushing record with 263 yards against USF...Scored two touchdowns on runs of 51 and 44 yards, and averaged 9.4 yards per carry in the win over USF...Logged his 10th 100-yard rushing performance of the season with 120 yards on 18 carries during the GMAC Bowl...Scored on a 31-yard run against Bowling Green before leaving the game in the third quarter with a broken leg...Finished his junior season with 1,948 yards rushing on 313 attempts and 22 rushing touchdown...Also totaled 18 catches for 210 yards and a score...Led C-USA in rushing, scoring and all-purpose yardage in 2004...Named the Tigers' Offensive Player of the Year at the team banquet...Presented the Glen Jones Award for leading through desire, dedication and courage at the Blue-Gray game in the spring.
2003: Led the nation in all-purpose yardage and was fifth nationally in rushing in 2003...Set the Memphis single-season rushing mark in 2003 with over 1,400 yards rushing despite missing the final two and a half games of the season...Received the University of Memphis Offensive Player of the Year Award for 2003...A candidate for the Doak Walker Award as a sophomore...Was the Tiger starter at tailback in 2003...Opened the season with 61 yards rushing and one touchdown in the win over Tennessee Tech...Also added 135 yards receiving and two touchdowns versus TTU, marking the highest total ever for a Memphis running back in a single game...Had a season and career-long 80-yard reception in the TTU contest...His 80-yard reception ranked as the ninth-longest in school history at the time...Broke the 100-yard barrier rushing the following week in the Tigers' win over Ole Miss...Rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns and had 31 yards receiving and a third touchdown...Called by ESPN2 analyst Chris Spielman: ..."an Emmitt Smith look-alike" ...Gained over 100 yards the following week against Southern Miss when he tallied 158 yards...Gained 108 yards in the win over Arkansas State, which marked just the second time in Memphis football history that a Tiger running back had rushed for over 100 yards in three consecutive games...Tied the Memphis record for most consecutive 100-yard rushing performances with 107 yards against UAB...Averaged a season-high 7.1 yards per carry in the UAB game...Had a school-record fifth consecutive game with over 100 yards rushing when he totaled 119 yards against Mississippi State...Continued his onslaught in the Tigers' road victory over the Houston Cougars, rushing for 120 yards and two touchdowns...Had touchdown runs of 21 and two yards against the Cougars...Also caught two passes for 36 yards...Had his best outing of the season in the road win over Tulane...Rushed for a career-high 195 yards and two touchdowns in the victory...Named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week for his effort...His 195 yards rank as the fourth-best single-game performance in school history...Tulane Coach Chris Scelfo said: ..."He reminds me of Barry Sanders" ...Had touchdown runs of three and 49 yards...Also caught three passes for 41 yards and had 69 yards in kickoff returns, giving him 305 all-purpose yards for the game...The 305 yards is the second highest single-game total in school history... Ranked by CBSsportsline.com as the "number one back in the nation" after nine weeks of the season...Cracked the 100-yard mark for the eighth straight game with 137 yards against East Carolina...Scored one touchdown on a four-yard run...Broke the Memphis single-season rushing record with his 137 yards against ECU, moving past former Tiger Gerard Arnold, who had 1,059 yards in 1999...Rushed for 154 yards and one touchdown and caught three passes for 25 yards in the Tigers' win over Louisville...Broke the single-season record for rushing attempts with his 27 attempts against Louisville...Named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week for his play against Louisville...Listed by USA Today as "one of the most influential sophomores in the nation" on November 14...Rushed for 136 yards on 23 carries in the win over Cincinnati...Suffered a torn MCL in the third quarter and was lost for the remainder of the season...Started his rehabilitation prior to the 2003 New Orleans Bowl...Worked out in New Orleans but his knee became sore and he was held out of the New Orleans Bowl.
2002: Came to the Tigers as one of the most highly-touted signees in Memphis football history...Lettered as a true freshman while playing in 10 games for the Tigers in 2002...Ranked 96th in the nation in rushing in 2002 and tied for fifth in average yards per carry...Finished the season ranked 35th in the nation in kickoff returns and 90th in all-purpose yards...Opened his collegiate career with 12 rushes for 129 yards and one touchdown in the Tigers' win over Murray State...His 129 yards were the second-most by a true freshman in Memphis history...Tallied 105 yards rushing against Southern Mississippi, including a 55-yard run against the Golden Eagles...Gained 166 yards and one touchdown in the Tigers' win over Tulane...Had an 86-yard run against Tulane for his lone touchdown...Named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week for his work against Tulane...Was ranked fourth in the nation in average yards per carry (9.3) after the fourth game of the season...Suffered a knee sprain in the Louisville game and missed the Mississippi State contest...Gained 110 yards on 10 carries in the win over Army and scored two touchdowns...Finished the 2002 season tied for fifth in the nation in average yards per carry at 6.64 yards per rush...Also worked as one of the Tigers' kick returners, and led the squad in kickoff return average with a mark of 23.3 yards per return...Averaged over 23.0 yards per return in six of the 10 games he played...Had a season-high six returns for 152 yards against Cincinnati...His six returns tied for the second highest single-game total in Memphis history, and his 152 yards tied for the fifth most in Memphis annals...Ended the 2002 campaign as the team's leading rusher with 684 yards on 103 carries...Scored five rushing touchdowns during his freshman season...Was ranked sixth in Conference USA in rushing averaging 68.4 yards per game...Ranked eighth in the conference in all-purpose yards with an average of 115.5 per outing...Was rated seventh in the conference in kickoff returns with an average of 23.3 yards per return.
Prep: Was considered the top back in the state of Arkansas in 2001, having played at Wynne High under Coach Donald Campell...Rated as the number 25 running back prospect in the nation by SuperPrep Magazine...Named to SuperPrep Football Magazine's All-America and All-Region Team...Was rated as the number two overall prospect in Arkansas by SuperPrep...Named the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 2001 Offensive Player of the Year...Named to the Associated Press Arkansas Super Team in 2001...Rushed for a single-season record 2,204 yards and 34 touchdowns at WHS...Averaged 10.4 yards per carry as a senior, and led squad to the state 4A championship...Had 939 yards rushing in four playoff games, including 26 carries for 302 yards and six touchdowns against Greenwood High...Rushed for 194 yards on 24 attempts in the state championship game against Stuttgart...Scored two rushing touchdowns, one receiving touchdown and one return touchdown in the state championship game...Gained 1,044 yards rushing as a junior and scored 14 touchdowns...Named to the Arkansas All-State team in 2000...Missed most of his sophomore season with a broken bone in his foot...Also lettered in track, and holds the state 4A record in the 100 meters with an electronically-timed 10.81...Helped WHS to a second-place finish in the 2001 state track championships...Also recruited by Ole Miss, Arkansas and Iowa before deciding on Memphis.
Personal: DeAngelo Williams is the son of Odell and Sandra Hill...Born April 25, 1983 in Little Rock, Ark.