01/02/2014 - North Dakota State University standout cornerback Marcus Williams has accepted an invitation to play in the 89th East-West Shrine Game. The game Jan. 18 in St. Petersburg, Fla., will feature some of college football's best players. All 32 NFL teams will have general managers, coaches or scouts there during game week. The game also benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children. Williams and his teammates are in Frisco, Texas, this week preparing for the Football Championship Subdivision title game Saturday against Towson. NDSU is the two-time defending FCS champion. - AP Sports
12/31/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP FCS ALL-AMERICA TEAM: DB Marcus Williams, North Dakota State, Sr., Minneapolis, MN,...Three-time selection Marcus Williams of North Dakota State headlines Walter Camp's 2013 Football Championship Subdivision All-America team. The team was selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of the FCS schools. A senior cornerback from Minneapolis, Minn., Williams is just the fifth player to be a three-time Walter Camp All-America selection, joining former New Hampshire wide receiver David Ball (2004-06), quarterback David Santos (2005-07) and linebacker Matt Evans (2010-12), and Appalachian State defensive back Mark Legree (2008-10). - North Dakota State football
12/31/2013 - 2013 AFCA FCS COACHES' ALL-AMERICA TEAM: DB Marcus Williams, Sr., North Dakota St.,...North Dakota State offensive lineman Billy Turner and cornerback Marcus Williams were selected to the Football Championship Subdivision Coaches' All-America Team announced Monday, Dec. 23, by the American Football Coaches Association. It's the fourth All-America honor for both players this year following first team recognition by The Sports Network, Associated Press and Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Williams was one of four repeat selections to the AFCA team. Two-time defending champion and top-seeded North Dakota State (14-0) will play in its third straight NCAA Division I football championship game against No. 7-seed Towson (13-2) at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. - North Dakota State football
09/29/2013 - Top-ranked North Dakota State has given up just 7.8 points through four games this season. The Bison (4-0) topped South Dakota State 20-0 in Brookings, S.D., on Saturday, holding the FCS's top rusher, Zach Zenner, to just four yards. Zenner had been averaging 185.5 yards per game. The Bison next weekend are set to face the Missouri Valley Football Conference's other defensive powerhouse, Northern Iowa (4-0), which has been allowing just 11.8 yards per game. The No. 5 Panthers topped No. 9 McNeese State, 41-6 at home on Saturday. - AP Sports
09/22/2013 - SEPT 23 MISSOURI VALLEY PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE: CB Marcus Williams, North Dakota State -- Returned his school-record 20th interception 33 yards for a TD to give NDSU a 20-0 lead...It was his sixth career interception return for a touchdown, tying the FCS record held by Murray State's William Hampton (1993-96)...Also had one pass break-up on third down to force a punt. - OVC football
09/09/2013 - North Dakota State remained atop the FCS Coaches' Poll, earning a unanimous No. 1 ranking for the second consecutive week. The Bison (650 points) dropped Ferris State 56-10 on Saturday and have held the No. 1 ranking since Nov. 5, 2012. Eastern Washington (624) and Montana State (576) also stayed firm at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, while Towson (540) made its debut in the top five at No. 4. Sam Houston State dropped down one spot to the fifth after falling to Texas A&M on the road.
South Dakota State moved up the rankings following its win against North Dakota and settled in at No. 6 with 498 points, just ahead of Central Arkansas (503). Northern Iowa swapped positions with New Hampshire this week, moving from ninth to eighth after New Hampshire fell to Central Michigan 24-21. Wofford (363) rounded out the top 10.
Richmond (349) remains in the No. 11 slot this week. Eastern Illinois (346), Stony Brook (341), Cal Poly (334) and Montana (255) make up the rest of the top 15. Illinois State (238) moved to No. 16, with James Madison (216) falling next in line. McNeese State moved to No. 18 after receiving 212 points, with Lehigh (190) and Villanova (166) finishing up the top 20.
Coastal Carolina (138), Bethune-Cookman (124) and Youngstown State (104) all boast 2-0 records and are No. 21, No. 22 and No. 23 this week, respectively. Northern Arizona remains No. 24 with 59 points, with Eastern Kentucky closing out the rankings with 54 votes this week. - NCAA.com
08/01/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL TEAM (COACHES/SIDS): DB-Marcus Williams, NDSU 5-11 197 Sr. Minneapolis (Minn.) Hopkins High,...Williams, a 5-foot-11, 197-pound senior from Minneapolis, Minn. (Hopkins H.S.), has started all 43 games played and became the program's all-time interception leader with 18 picks including two in the 2013 FCS Championship game against Sam Houston State. He finished with seven interceptions for the second straight season in 2012, and added 39 tackles including 23 solos and 11 pass breakups.
A consensus first-team FCS All-American, Williams made his second apperance on The Sports Network, Associated Press and Walter Camp teams. He was the 2012 Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Williams averaged 27.9 yards per kickoff return last season including a 98-yard TD at Illinois State and also returned an interception 98-yards for a TD vs. Youngstown State. - North Dakota State football
07/29/2013 - North Dakota State has been picked to win the Missouri Valley Football Conference crown in 2013. NDSU, the defending national champion, has won 28 of its past 30 games (going 14-1 each year). The Bison were a unanimous choice to repeat, earning 39 of a possible 39 first-place votes, in a poll conducted by league coaches, media and sports information directors. The Bison return 18 total starters from a team that went 14-1 overall and 7-1 in the conference last year.
South Dakota State is picked second in the poll after finishing in second place and representing the league in the FCS playoffs a year ago. SDSU returns 15 starters from last year's 9-4 team. Perennial FCS power UNI is picked third in the poll after going 5-6 last year. Before falling from the Top 25 rankings last year in October, the Panthers had been ranked among the nation's elite for a league-record 99-straight weeks. - Missouri Valley Football
07/18/2013 - 2013 BUCK BUCHANAN AWARD WATCH LIST: Marcus Williams, CB, North Dakota State, Sr., 5-11, 194...The most electrifying defensive player in the FCS just may reside in Fargo with two-time defending national champion North Dakota State. Williams enters his senior season with 18 career interceptions - a school record and the most among active FCS players - and he's returned five for touchdowns.
The 2012 Missouri Valley Football Conference defensive player of the year and a two-time All-America first-team selection, he finished ninth in the Buck Buchanan Award voting last year. Also a standout kick returner, the Minneapolis resident is considered one of the top FCS prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft. But before he gets to that point, he is focused on getting the Bison a third straight national title. - The Sports Network