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Deyon Williams

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 192 | College: Virginia
 
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Overview

The 2006 season was supposed to be a banner year for Deyon (pronounced DAY-on) Williams, but he suffered a stress fracture in his right foot during fall camp that required surgery. He could have elected to take a medical hardship for the season, but wanted to help the team, so he returned to the field after missing the first four games. He was used mostly as a decoy to allow him time to round into shape, but he re-injured his foot during the team's ninth game against North Carolina State.

Williams excelled in football and track during his senior year at Suitland High School. He earned All-State, first-team Washington Post All-Metro and first-team All-County honors from the Prince George's Journal that year. He was listed as the 16th-best player in the Mid-Atlantic region by Super Prep, ranked 97th nationally among wide receivers by TheInsiders.com and received a three-star rating from Rivals.com. Williams was also an honorable mention All-Atlantic Region by Prep Star.

As a senior, Williams caught 35 passes for 689 yards (19.7 avg) and seven touchdowns, and also scored touchdowns on a punt return and an interception return to help lead Suitland to the county title in its first postseason appearance in three years.

During his junior season, Williams caught 31 passes for 750 yards (24.2 avg) and five scores while playing at Bishop McNamara High School. He added 22 catches for 410 yards (18.6 avg) as a sophomore, and was also a standout defensive back who intercepted two passes that season while making 47 tackles.

Williams was a member of the Washington Post All-Met Outdoor Track team as a senior as his school won the state championship. He scored 30 of his team's 132 points at the state meet with top-three finishes in four events. He won county championships in three events ---300-meter hurdles, high jump and long jump, and was named the meet's outstanding performer. Williams won three events (55-meter hurdles, high jump, long jump with meet record 23'2") during the county indoor track and field championships his senior year.

Williams was named Athlete of the Year by the Prince George's Journal as a junior for outdoor track-and-field after winning county titles in the 110-meter hurdles and the long jump; regional titles in the 110-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles and high jump and a state title in the 300-meter hurdles. He was named first-team All-County in indoor track-and-field by the Prince George's Journal after winning the 2002 state title in the 55-meter hurdles. Williams also played basketball and was an Honor Roll student.

Williams enrolled at Virginia in 2003, appearing in 10 games as a reserve receiver, as he missed three contests with a right ankle sprain. He finished his first season with 122 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions (15.2 avg). He also gained 23 yards on a pair of carries. His ankle injury reoccurred the following season, missing two games, but he started five of 10 contests in 2004, catching 19 passes for 261 yards (13.7 avg) and one touchdown.

In 2005, Williams took over split end duties, earning honorable mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference and first-team All-State honors from the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association and the Roanoke Times. He also received the Speed Elliott Award as UVa's Most Improved Player. Williams led the team with a career-high 58 receptions for 767 yards (13.2 avg) and seven touchdowns. His senior year was marred by his right foot stress fracture. After he returned from surgery, he managed only 10 catches for 87 yards and one touchdown in five games as a reserve in 2006.

In 38 games at Virginia, Williams started 17 times. He caught 95 passes for 1,237 yards (13.0 avg) and 10 touchdowns. He also carried the ball three times for 26 yards (8.7 avg).

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Positives: Has a long, lean frame with long limbs … Shows the initial burst needed to quickly get into his routes … Has excellent leaping ability and body control to get to the pass at its high point … Demonstrates natural hands and the valid timed speed needed to stretch the defense … Shows good flexibility and balance coming back for the pass … Is fluid turning and adjusting to the ball in flight … Does a good job of riding up on the defender … Uses his size and initial quickness to defeat the press (needs to do this with more consistency) … Makes good use of his size to shield defenders from the ball … Gets to his break point smoothly, showing good acceleration coming out of his cuts … Uses that speed to gobble up the defender's cushion, driving off with steady acceleration … Can sneak up on a lethargic defender in the deep secondary … Once he gets out of his cut in the open field, you can see his speed take over … Shows good hand rotation to catch the ball from behind, especially on slants, and demonstrates decent awareness for voids … Will reach and secure the ball away from his frame … Despite his lanky frame, he works hard to compete for the ball between multiple defenders, and while he needs to be more physical he won't shy away from contact … Has the quickness to avoid and the burst to escape (needs a free lane to separate to compensate for a lack of power to break tackles) … Emotional leader who takes well to hard coaching.

Negatives: Has marginal strength to consistently defeat the press and needs to add more bulk to his lanky frame … Has a sprinter's lower frame (lean muscle tone), lacking the leg drive to break tackles … Has long arms with minimal muscle tone and smaller than ideal hands (8 3/8-inches) … When he gets a clean release off the line, he gets into his route with a good burst, but he tends to roll off the line and take long strides throughout his route progression … Looks tight in his hips, as he doesn't sink his weight to come out of his breaks with a sharp burst … Shows enough quickness to escape, but vs. a secure tackle, he is easily brought down … Needs to learn how to stiff-arm better, as he fails to use his hands to keep defenders off his body … Liability as a blocker, as he lacks the sand in his pants to gain position and maintain … Does not like blocking in the second level, taking the long route to the linebacker and lacking power behind his hits to neutralize … Hard worker, but will get a little too emotional when things don't work out well for him and defenders use this to take him out of his game … Struggles with academics (8/22 Wonderlic score) and needs more than several reps to retain plays … Might have problems digesting a complicated playbook.

Compares To: ASHLEY LELIE-San Francisco-Like Lelie, if Williams gets a clean release, he can get into the deep secondary in an instant. But his frame lacks the strength to defeat the jam and his hips look too rigid, causing him to struggle in attempts plant and drive without having to gear down a bit.

Analysis

Duke … Williams saw limited action upon his return, catching only one of three passes thrown to him for a 4-yard gain … Head to Head Competition-CB#10-Deonto McCormick-Three solo tackles, one pass deflection.

East Carolina … Snatched three of six throws targeted to him, including two that resulted in first downs, as Deyon gained 38 yards … He snared a 22-yard deep out pass from Emmanuel Byers for a 22-yard touchdown late in the first quarter and added another first down on a 12-yard second-&-9 toss from Byers in the fourth quarter … Head to Head Competition-CB#17-Kasey Ross-Two tackles (one solo), one pass deflection.

Maryland … Deyon had one of seven passes thrown to him deflected, finishing with three grabs for 20 yards and 3 yards on a reverse … Kept a first quarter drive alive when he caught a third-&-5 pass from QB Jameel Sewell for a 5-yard gain … Had a bad series midway through the fourth quarter, as he failed to get to three throws in a span of four plays, including one that killed the drive on fourth-&-4 … Head to Head Competition-CB#4-Josh Wilson-Three solo tackles, one pass deflection.

North Carolina … Williams caught two passes for 21 yards … His 12 & 9-yard grabs late in the second quarter set up Chris Gould's 43-yard field goal with 0:08 left in the first half … Head to Head Competition-CB#3-Quinton Person-Five tackles (3 solos).

North Carolina State … Deyon's only reception was good for 4 yards, but he re-injured his right foot stress fracture and left the game midway through the first quarter … Head to Head Competition-CB#3-A.J. Davis-Three tackles (2 solos).

Career Notes

Ranks 15th in school history with 95 receptions … Tied with Tom Fadden (1973-76) for 15th on the school's career record list with 1,237 yards receiving … His 58 receptions in 2005 tied Wali Lundy (2002) for fifth on Virginia's single-season record list, topped only by Billy McMullen (83 in 2001 and 69 in 2002), Heath Miller (70 in 2003) and Alvin Pearman (63 in 2003) … His 767 yards receiving in 2005 places him 11th on the Cavaliers' annual record list … Became the 26th player in Cavalier annals to gain more than 1,000 yards receiving in a career … His 90-yard touchdown reception against Miami in 2005 was the fifth-longest catch in school history, topped by a 97-yarder from Harry Martin to Bus Male to John Leys against Navy in 1935, a 93-yarder from Wayne Schuchts to Nick Merrick against Wake Forest in 1982, a 92-yard pass from Stan Fischer to Joe Kehoe against Navy in 1960 and a 91-yarder from Matt Blundin to Tyrone Davis against North Carolina State in 1991.

2006 Season

Williams suffered a right foot stress fracture in August camp (8/08) and underwent surgery on August 11th to repair his fifth metatarsal … Deyon sat out the team's first four games vs. Pittsburgh, Wyoming, Western Michigan and Georgia Tech before returning as a reserve split end vs. Duke … Played in five games before re-injuring his foot vs. North Carolina State, sitting out the Florida State clash … Caught ten passes for 87 yards (8.7 avg) and one touchdown, adding 3 yards on a reverse … Two of the nineteen passes targeted to him were deflected by the opposition … Three of his catches resulted in first downs.

2006 GAME

2006 Game Analysis

Duke … Williams saw limited action upon his return, catching only one of three passes thrown to him for a 4-yard gain … Head to Head Competition-CB#10-Deonto McCormick-Three solo tackles, one pass deflection.

East Carolina … Snatched three of six throws targeted to him, including two that resulted in first downs, as Deyon gained 38 yards … He snared a 22-yard deep out pass from Emmanuel Byers for a 22-yard touchdown late in the first quarter and added another first down on a 12-yard second-&-9 toss from Byers in the fourth quarter … Head to Head Competition-CB#17-Kasey Ross-Two tackles (one solo), one pass deflection.

Maryland … Deyon had one of seven passes thrown to him deflected, finishing with three grabs for 20 yards and 3 yards on a reverse … Kept a first quarter drive alive when he caught a third-&-5 pass from QB Jameel Sewell for a 5-yard gain … Had a bad series midway through the fourth quarter, as he failed to get to three throws in a span of four plays, including one that killed the drive on fourth-&-4 … Head to Head Competition-CB#4-Josh Wilson-Three solo tackles, one pass deflection.

North Carolina … Williams caught two passes for 21 yards … His 12 & 9-yard grabs late in the second quarter set up Chris Gould's 43-yard field goal with 0:08 left in the first half … Head to Head Competition-CB#3-Quinton Person-Five tackles (3 solos).

North Carolina State … Deyon's only reception was good for 4 yards, but he re-injured his right foot stress fracture and left the game midway through the first quarter … Head to Head Competition-CB#3-A.J. Davis-Three tackles (2 solos).

2005 Season

Williams earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention and first-team All-State honors from the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association and the Roanoke Times … Received the Speed Elliott Award as UVa's Most Improved Player … Started every game at split end, leading the team with a career-high 58 receptions for 767 yards (13.2 avg) and seven touchdowns … Eight of the 96 passes thrown to him were deflected by the opposition … 41 of his catches produced first downs, as he converted 18-of-30 third-down plays and 1-of-3 fourth-downs … Caught 7-of-15 passes thrown to him inside the red zone …

Ten of his receptions were good for 20 yards or longer … Had big plays to set up twelve touchdown drives and one other that ended with a field goal.

2005 Game Analysis

Western Michigan … Opened the season with five catches for 79 yards, including a 40-yarder that set up Marques Hagans' 1-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter … Head to Head Competition-CB#9-Louis Delmas-Ten tackles (9 solos), one fumble recovery, one pass deflection.

Syracuse … Williams produced three first downs among his seven catches, including two that converted third-down plays, coming up with 61 yards … He converted a third-&-5 pass from Marques Hagans up the middle for 7 yards and followed with a 12-yarder to set up Cedric Peerman's 1-yard touchdown run that capped a 74-yard, 11-play drive at the start of the game … He kept a late first quarter drive alive with a 21-yard gain on a third-&-7 crossing pattern … His 9-yarder on a third-&-10 sideline pass from Hagans set up a Virginia 26-yard field goal at the start of the third quarter … Head to Head Competition-CB#25-Steve Gregory-Six solo tackles, one interception.

Duke … The split end snared four passes for 49 yards, capping a 10-play, 52-yard drive with ac 10-yard touchdown catch on a third-&-9 play in the second quarter … Deyon added a 23-yard scoring grab later in the third quarter … Head to Head Competition-CB#11-John Talley-Ten tackles (7 solos), one stop for a 1-yard loss.

Maryland … Deyon had two passes deflected out of his hands by his childhood friend, Terps cornerback Josh Wilson, but managed to gain 62 yards as three of his five catches produced first downs … He caught a third-&-9 screen pass from Marques Hagans to set up Hagans' 11-yard scoring run late in the first quarter … Asked how it felt to play against Josh Wilson, Deyon responded, "On the field, he's not Josh Wilson to me, he's No. 4. You can't go out there against a person who is your friend and play like he's your friend on the field, because that will mess you up, and things won't go the way that you want it to go. I just had to play like he was just another person on the field." … Talking about his performance, he also stated, "We worked hard all week on the passing game. We worked on getting timing down right and getting everyone on the same page. Unfortunately, we still have some things to work on because things didn't go the way that we wanted. But we just have to forget about all that stuff that happened today and move onto next weekend." … Head to Head Competition-CB#4-Josh Wilson-Twelve tackles (9 solos), three pass deflections.

Boston College … Williams caught six of twelve passes thrown to him, picking up 78 yards, as QB Marques Hagans threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Deyon after a 15-yard personal foul against the Eagles, to make it 14-7 in the third quarter … Later in the fourth quarter, Williams went totally cold, failing to get to a pair of third-down throws, including one at the goal line, before killing the 13-play, 78-yard drive all together when he dropped a fourth-&-goal toss from Hagans … Head to Head Competition-CB#27-DeJuan Tribble-Six solo tackles, one pass deflection, one fumble recovery, one stop for a 1-yard loss.

Florida State … QB Marques Hagans and Williams struggled to click, as the split end caught only two of eight passes thrown to him, with two getting batted down, as Deyon gained 39 yards … Head to Head Competition-CB#15-Tony Carter-Six tackles (4 solos), one pass deflection.

North Carolina … Williams gained 42 yards, catching five of eight balls thrown to him … He kept a fourth quarter drive alive with a 13-yard gain on a third-&-12 deep pass from Marques Hagans … Head to Head Competition-CB#3-Quinton Person-Three tackles (2 solos), 0.5 stops for a 1-yard loss.

Temple … Williams dropped both passes thrown to him, finishing with no catches … Both throws came on third-down plays … Head to Head Competition-CB#20-Ray Lamb-Three solo tackles.

Georgia Tech … Deyon bounced back with a career-high ten receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown. Eight of his grabs produced first downs, with four coming on third-down plays … Williams set the tone on the game's first play, coming up with an 18-yard grab …

He kept a late first quarter drive alive with a pair of 8-yard catches on third-down plays …

In the fourth quarter, he hauled in a third-&-9 pass from Marques Hagans for a 21-yard score that ended a 73-yard, 8-play drive … Williams' ten catches were a career-high. He became the first Cavalier wide receiver to record ten catches and 100 yards receiving in a game since Billy McMullen at Penn State in 2002 (10 for 122) … Marques Hagans' touch-down pass to Williams in the fourth quarter was the Cavaliers' first passing touchdown since the second quarter of the Florida State game, a span of 14 quarters … Head to Head Competition-CB#2-Kenny Scott-Ten tackles (9 solos).

Virginia Tech … After his stellar performance the previous week, Williams was almost shut down, catching two passes for 10 yards, but was tackled for a 3-yard loss on one of those grabs … Head to Head Competition-CB#15-Roland Minor-Two assisted tackles, one stop behind the line of scrimmage, one forced fumble.

Miami … Williams caught only six of fourteen passes thrown to him, but he amassed a career-high 152 yards with a pair of touchdowns … He opened the team's scoring when he hauled in a 90-yard touchdown bomb from QB Emmanuel Byers midway through the first quarter and closed out the scoring in a 25-17 loss with a 6-yard scoring grab with 1:26 left in the game … Record Watch-Deyon's 90-yarder was the fifth-longest reception in school history … Head to Head Compertition-CB#24-Marcus Maxey-Four solo tackles (stopped Williams from getting to eight other passes).

Minnesota (Music City Bowl) … Williams closed out the year with six receptions, including five that resulted in first downs, for 88 yards in a 34-31 victory … He grabbed a 6-yard scoring pass from Marques Hagans to cap a 9-play, 67-yard drive in the first quarter, setting up that score with a 12-yard gain on a third-&-5 pass on the previous play … Head to Head Competition-CB#15-Jamal Harris-Nine tackles (4 solos).

2004 Season

Williams started five of ten games he played in, sitting out the Syracuse and Georgia Tech contests due to a high ankle sprain … Ranked fourth on the team with nineteen receptions for 261 yards (13.9 avg) and a touchdown … Of the 39 passes targeted to him, five were deflected by the opposition … Thirteen of his catches produced first downs, as he converted 4-of-6 third-down plays … Three of his receptions were good for 20 yards or longer.

2004 Game Analysis

Opened the season w38 yards on three catches vs. Temple … Added 57 yards on two grabs vs. North Carolina … Had a single-season high five receptions for 83 yards vs. Clemson … Gained 34 yards on three catches vs. Florida State … Scored his only touchdown on a 4-yard catch in the Duke clash.

2003 Season

Played in ten games as a true freshman, catching eight passes for 122 yards (15.2 avg) and a touchdown … Also gained 23 yards on a pair of carries (11.5 avg) … Sat out the Virginia Tech, Duke and South Carolina games with a right ankle sprain.

2003 Game Analysis

Made his debut vs. Western Michigan and had an immediate impact, as he hauled in a 35-yard touchdown toss from Marques Hagans in the second quarter on his first collegiate reception … Caught two passes for 12 yards in the win over Wake Forest … Had an acrobatic 19-yard reception for a first down vs. Clemson … Added a 24-yard catch for a first down vs. Florida State … Produced a 12-yard catch and a 23-yard end around vs. North Carolina State … Caught two passes for 20 yards vs. Georgia Tech.

Injury Report

2003: Sat out the Virginia Tech, Duke and South Carolina games with a right ankle sprain.

2004: Did not play vs. Georgia Tech and Syracuse with a right ankle sprain.

2006: Suffered a right foot stress fracture on Aug. 8, undergoing surgery to repair his fifth metatarsal three days later, causing him to sit out the team's first four games vs. Pittsburgh, Wyoming, Western Michigan and Georgia Tech … Re-injured his foot vs. North Carolina State (10/28), missing the following game vs. Florida State.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.49 in the 40-yard dash … 315-pound bench press … 420-pound squat … 308-pound power clean … Bench pressed 225 pounds 12 times … 33 1/8-inch arm length … 8 3/8-inch hands … Right-handed … 8/22 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended Suitland (Md.) High School as a senior, playing football for head coach Nick Lynch … Earned All-State, first-team Washington Post All-Metro and first-team All-County honors from the Prince George's Journal that year … Listed as the 16th-best player in the Mid-Atlantic region by Super Prep, ranked 97th nationally among wide receivers by TheInsiders.com and received a three-star rating from Rivals.com … Was also an honorable mention All-Atlantic Region by Prep Star … As a senior, Williams caught 35 passes for 689 yards (19.7 avg) and seven touchdowns, and also scored touchdowns on a punt return and an interception return to help lead Suitland to the county title in its first postseason appearance in three years … During his junior season, Williams caught 31 passes for 750 yards (24.2 avg) and five scores while playing at Bishop McNamara High School … Added 22 catches for 410 yards (18.6 avg) as a sophomore, and was also a standout defensive back who intercepted two passes that season while making 47 tackles … Member of the Washington Post All-Met Outdoor Track team as a senior as his school won the state championship … Scored 30 of his team's 132 points at the state meet with top-three finishes in four events … Won county championships in three events -- 300-meter hurdles, high jump, long jump, and was named the meet's outstanding performer … Won three events (55-meter hurdles, high jump, long jump with meet record 23'2") during the county indoor track and field championships his senior year … Named Athlete of the Year by the Prince George's Journal as a junior for outdoor track-and-field after winning county titles in 110-meter hurdles and the long jump; regional titles in 110-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles and high jump and a state title in the 300-meter hurdles … Named first-team All-County in indoor track and field by the Prince George's Journal after winning the 2002 state title in the 55-meter hurdles … Also played basketball and was an Honor Roll student.

Personal

Anthropology major, with a minor in Drama … Older brother, Lauren, was a receiver at Liberty University (2002-05) … Son of Debra and Ricky Williams … Born Deyon Omar Williams on 9/24/85 in Washington, D.C … Resides in Suitland, Maryland.

 
 

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