14  Earnest Williams
Earnest Williams

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Bells, Tenn.

High School:
Crockett County HS

Weight:
195

Position:
Wide Receiver

Birthdate:
08/10/1985

Experience:
3L


Career Summary: Is the only Tiger senior in this class to play in all 50 games for Memphis the last four years...Made 35 starts during that time...Ranked tied for 9th all-time at Memphis in receptions with 105 and 19th in receiving yards with 1,061...Ranked sixth all-time in career receiving touchdowns with 14...Also totaled four career rushing TDs...Played in all 12 games in `05, starting in five of the last six games of the season...Opened season with a 9-yd reception against Ole Miss...Caught a pass in five straight games...Scored first career TD on a 2-yd run in the 1st quarter against UAB...Had a break-out game against USM with 33 yds receiving on four catches and four rushes for 43 yds... Closed out season with a 42-yd catch in the Motor City Bowl...Scored second career TD on a 5-yd run in the bowl game...Was one of just two Tigers to log more than 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in '05...Also one of just four Tigers to log multiple rushing TDs in `05...Played in all 12 games as a sophomore and made nine starts on offense...Registered first career TD catch against UTC on a 14-yd pass from Martin Hankins...Recorded first TD on his 24th career reception...Had multiple receptions in first six games of the season...Also had TD catches versus ECU and USM...Was one of five Tiger receivers to total 20 or more catches in `06...Ranked third on the team in receiving yards with 313...Tied for second in receiving TDs with three...One of just five Tiger players to score from the run in `06...Played in all 13 games with nine starts in `07...Caught multiple passes in nine games and at least one pass in all but one game...Tied for 2nd on the squad in receiving TDs with five...Scored four receiving TDs in the final six games of the season...Ranked 3rd on team in scoring with 36 points (5 receiving TDs, 1 rushing TD)...Handled all but one punt return in `07...Averaged 9.0 yards on 13 returns...Also ended season with nine carries for 71 yards and a TD as well as four KO returns for an average of 34.2 yds/return...Busted off a 52-yd punt return against Jacksonville St...The 177 all-purpose yards against JSU was a season high...Caught first TD of the season against UCF and had a 54-yd KO return in the game...Recorded a career-high 96 yds receiving against Tulane and became first Tiger in `07 to score two TDs in a game when he scored both a rushing and receiving TD against the Green Wave...2008 Highlights: Played in all 13 games with 12 starts at wide receiver...Tied for 3rd on team in scoring with 36 points...Fifth on team in receiving yds (249), fifth in receptions (29) and led the squad in receiving TDs (6)...Had a career-high six receptions against Ole Miss for 36 yards and a TD...Touchdown came on a 3-yd pass in 1st quarter...Had 86 all-purpose yards with 46 yds on three kick returns and four yards on one punt return...Recorded a 10-yd TD reception and had two rushes for nine yards against Rice...Scored a receiving TD for the third straight game with a 4-yd reception against Marshall...Against UAB, caught four passes for a season-high 66 yds and a career-best two receiving TDs, marking second time with two TDs in a game...Had a season-high 30-yd reception in 2nd quarter for a TD...Also caught a 20-yd TD pass...Had 52 yds receiving on five receptions with a TD versus Louisville...The one reception for a loss of four yards came on a 54-yd gain on a hook-and-ladder versus USM, when he then flipped the pass back to Curtis Steele who ran the play 59 yards allowing Memphis to score on the next snap...Was also in on a second hook-and-ladder play in the St. Petersburg Bowl.

Honors: Received one of the Top Tiger Awards at the team banquet...Earned two True Tiger Awards, presented in the springs of `07 and `08...Named honorable mention All-C-USA following the `07 season.

2007: Named honorable mention All-Conference USA following the 2007 season...Played in all 13 games with nine starts...Ranked 16th all-time at Memphis in receptions with 76 and 34th in receiving yards with 812...Ranked fifth on the team in 2007 in receptions with 33 and in receiving yards with 368...Averaged 11.2 yards per catch...Caught multiple passes in nine games and at least one pass in all but one game...Tied for second on the squad in receiving touchdowns with five...Scored four receiving touchdowns in the final six games of the season... Ranked third on the team in scoring with 36 points (5 receiving TDs, 1 rushing TD)...Handled all but one punt return for the Tigers in 2007...Averaged 9.0 yards on his 13 returns...Also ended the season with nine carries for 71 yards and a touchdown as well as four kickoff returns for an average of 34.2 yards per return...Opened the season with four receptions for 29 yards against Ole Miss...Had a long catch of 21 yards against the Rebels...Hauled in the 21-yard pass from Martin Hankins in the second quarter to get the Tigers across midfield...Also registered a one-yard run and had one punt return for 13 yards in the game...Logged a career-high five receptions against Jacksonville State...Caught a 26-yard pass from Hankins early in the first quarter...Credited with a 17-yard run in the second quarter...Busted off a 52-yard punt return in the third quarter to the JSU 24-yard line to set up a Tiger touchdown...Memphis scored two plays later on a pass from Hankins to Greg Hinds...Finished the JSU game with four receptions of more than 10 yards...Also registered three carries for 35 yards, three punt returns for 54 yards and a kickoff return of 21 yards...His 177 all-purpose yards against JSU was a season high...Caught his first touchdown of the season against UCF and had a 54 yard kickoff return in the game...Hauled in the four-yard pass from Matt Malouf on 3rd-and-3 in the fourth quarter...His 54-yard kick return later in the fourth quarter set up the Tigers for a touchdown...Had a career-long run of 24 yards against Arkansas State in the first quarter...His three-yard catch in the first quarter on 3rd-and-3 from the ASU 21-yard line picked up a crucial first down...Memphis scored a touchdown as a result of his drive-extending play...Recorded four receptions for 47 yards against Marshall, with three of his receptions being for more than 10 yards...Helped Memphis get the ball back when he recovered a fumble on a Tiger kickoff return in the fourth quarter versus the Thundering Herd...Also rolled off 15 yards on two carries in the game...Recorded a career-high 96 yards receiving against Tulane...Became the first Tiger in 2007 to score two touchdowns in a game when he scored both a rushing and receiving TD against the Green Wave...Logged his first rushing touchdown of the season on a three-yard reverse with 11:47 remaining in the second quarter...Scored later in the quarter off a 47-yard pass from Martin Hankins...The 47-yard catch was a career-high mark...Also credited with a kick return of 18 yards and an eight-yard punt return versus Tulane...Snapped a 13-game receiving streak when he did not have a pass attempted to him against East Carolina...Rolled off a 44-yard kick return and an 18-yard punt return against the Pirates...Matched his career high with five receptions on the road at Southern Miss...Tallied 51 yards and his third receiving touchdown of the season...Three of his five receptions were for double-digit yardage, including a game-high 17-yard catch...Hauled in a 16-yard reception late in the fourth quarter and then four plays later scored off a 12-yard toss from Hankins on 4th-and-10 to get Memphis within five points of the Golden Eagles with 4:21 remaining in the game...Tallied one reception for 17 yards against UAB...Scored his fourth receiving touchdown on a six-yard strike from Will Hudgens late in the first quarter against SMU...Scored for the second straight game when he hauled in the 19-yard pass from Hankins with under a minute remaining in the first half of the New Orleans Bowl against Florida Atlantic...Closed out the season with three receptions for 37 yards in the postseason game...Was presented the True Tiger Award at the 2008 Blue-Gray game...The award honors the player whose actions on and off the field most exemplifies those of a True Tiger.

2006: A steady offensive threat who was third on the squad in receiving and second in rushing yards in 2006...Played in all 12 games as a sophomore and made nine starts on offense...Opened the season with four receptions and four rushing attempts against Ole Miss...Logged 25 receiving yards and 32 rushing yards versus the Rebels...Registered his first career touchdown catch against Chattanooga on a 14-yard pass from Martin Hankins...Recorded his first touchdown on his 24th career reception...Hauled in a 43-yard pass from Hankins in the second quarter to put the Tigers across midfield...Memphis scored a field goal three plays later...Also posted rushing attempts of nine yards and four yards against the Mocs...Caught two passes for 22 yards and a touchdown against East Carolina...Scored the first touchdown of the game at ECU on a 19-yard pass from Hankins...Caught at least two passes in the next three games versus Tennessee, UAB and Arkansas State...Hauled in catches of 14 yards and 26 yards against UAB...Had long runs of 12 yards against Tennessee and 15 yards versus Arkansas State...Snapped a seven game receiving streak (dating back to 2005 Motor City Bowl) when he did not register a reception versus Tulsa...Caught just one pass for two yards against Marshall...Hauled in two or more receptions in final four games of the season...Registered two receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown against Southern Miss...Caught a 35-yard touchdown pass at the end of the second quarter against the Golden Eagles...Logged receptions of 19 yards and 16 yards versus UCF...Tallied three catches for 23 yards against Houston...Closed out the year with two receptions for 17 yards and five rushes for 29 yards in the victory over UTEP...Recorded his third career rushing touchdown on a 1-yard run in the third quarter against the Miners...Was one of five Tiger receivers to total 20 or more catches on the year...Ranked third on the team in receiving yards with 313...Tied for second in receiving touchdowns with three...Was one of just five Tiger players to score from the run in 2006...Totaled three plays of 20 or more yards last season...Was presented one of the True Tiger Awards at the 2007 Blue-Gray Game.

2005:Speedy receiver who is a running and receiving threat...Added much-needed depth when receiving corps was hit with injuries and personnel changes...Played in all 12 games for the Tigers, starting in five of the last six games of the season...Opened the season with a nine-yard reception against Ole Miss...Followed that performance with three catches for 20 yards and 12 yards rushing against Chattanooga...Caught a pass in each of the next three games before being held without a catch against Houston...Had his first career start and caught one pass for 10 yards against East Carolina...Totaled three receptions for eight yards and two rushes for eight yards against UAB...Scored his first career touchdown on a two-yard run in the first quarter against the Blazers...Credited with one catch for four yards against Tennessee...Had a break-out game against Southern Miss with 33 yards receiving on four catches and four rushes for 43 yards...Logged a season-long 16-yard run against the Golden Eagles...Logged 19 yards rushing in the win over Marshall...Closed out the season with a 42-yard catch in the Motor City Bowl which set up Stephen Gostkowski's first field goal of the game...Also rolled off 18 rushing yards and a touchdown on three carries against Akron...Scored his second career touchdown on a five-yard run in the fourth quarter against the Zips...Ended the season with 17 carries for 108 yards and 17 receptions for 131 yards...Ranked second on the squad in receptions and fourth in receiving yards...Was one of just two Tigers to log more than 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving last season...Also one of just four Tigers to log multiple rushing touchdowns last season..

2004: One of several young receivers to redshirt the 2004 season with the depth of the receiving corps.

Academic Highlights: Named to Tiger 3.0 Club for 2005 fall and spring semesters.

Prep: A three-year letterman at Crockett County High for Coach P.A. Pratt...A versatile athlete who was a running back and safety at CCHS...Received several honors following the 2003 season after rushing for 1,498 yards and 21 touchdowns on 141 carries...Caught 16 passes for 275 yards and five touchdowns, and also totaled 117 punt return yards...Named Mr. Football for Class 3A in the state of Tennessee after helping his squad to a 12-2 record...Selected as the West Tennessee Defensive Player of the Year in 2003...Named to the 2003 All-Tennessee Team as a first team defensive back...Also selected to the Tennessee All-State team in 2001, 2002 and 2003...Finished his senior season with 1,933 yards in all-purpose yardage and 29 touchdowns...Credited with 66 total tackles on defense and logged 14 pass breakups, four interceptions, one fumble recovery and two caused fumbles...Named the Player of the Week during the 2003 season when he rushed for 105 yards and one touchdown, caught two passes for 85 yards and a touchdown and returned a punt for 56 yards and a touchdown...Completed his prep career with 3,393 yards rushing on 327 carries and 37 touchdowns...Had 38 career pass receptions for 712 yards and eight touchdowns...Totaled 15 career punt returns for 319 yards and three touchdowns and had 10 career kickoff returns for 282 yards and one touchdown...Totaled 4,706 yards in all-purpose yardage in his career at CCH...Credited with 161 career tackles, including 129 solo tackles, 32 pass breakups, 11 pass interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns, one fumble recovery and five caused fumbles...Also lettered three years on the CCHS basketball team.

Personal: Earnest Wilton Williams is the son of Shelia Phelps and Earnest Barron...Born August 10, 1985, in Jackson, Tenn.

Williams' Career Highs Most Rush Attempts: 5 vs. UTEP (`06) Most Rush Yds: 43 vs Southern Miss ('05) Longest Run: 24 vs. Arkansas State (`07) Most Pass Receptions: 5 vs. JSU, USM (`07) Most Yards Receiving: 96 vs. Tulane (`07) Longest Pass Reception: 47 vs. Tulane (`07) Most TDs in Game: 2 vs. Tulane (1 rush, 1 rec) (`07) Longest Punt Return: 52 vs. Jacksonville State (`07) Longest Kickoff Return: 54 vs. UCF (`07)

Williams' Career Receiving Statistics
YR G/S NO YDS AVG TDS LG
2005 12/5 17 131 7.7 0 42
2006 12/9 26 313 12.0 3 43
2007 13/9 33 368 11.2 5 47
2008 13/12 29 249 8.6 6 30
Total 50/35 105 1,061 10.1 14 47

Williams' Career Rushing Statistics
YR G/S NO YDS AVG TDS LG
2005 12/5 17 108 6.4 2 16
2006 12/9 28 130 4.6 1 15
2007 13/9 9 71 7.9 1 24
2008 13/12 10 56 5.6 0 23
Total 50/35 64 365 5.7 4 24

Williams' Career All-Purpose Statistics
YR G/S Rush Rec PR KR IR Tot AVG
2005 12/5 108 131 0 0 0 239 19.9
2006 12/9 130 313 0 0 0 443 36.9
2007 13/9 71 368 117 137 0 693 53.3
2008 13/12 56 249 31 45 0 381 29.3
Total 50/35 365 1,061 148 182 0 1,756 35.1

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