Kerwynn Williams, RB (5-foot-8 3/4, 193 pounds) - Williams stood on his numbers from the combine (he was a top performer in his position group in the 40-yard dash and 20-yard short shuttle). Staley worked out Williams, who also caught punts and kickoffs from a Jugs machine. Williams, who is quick as a hiccup, had a spectacular performance in Utah State's 41-15 win over Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Williams rushed for 235 yards and three touchdowns in the win, displaying the electricity that could make him an interesting player to follow in the 2013 NFL Draft. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/07/2013 - 2013 Utah State Pro Day: Davis and Williams, who both excelled in last week's NFL Scouting Combine, sat out all the measured tests except Davis' vertical jump. However, both players did participate in on-field drills and felt good about their performances. "I think the workout went well," Williams said. "There were some drills I hadn't seen before, so I'm just trying to take what I can from these drills and keep on pushing. The punts were high and the one I missed was a short one and I should have got that one. You shouldn't leave any balls on the ground, but I think it was a good day catching the ball." - Utah State Football
12/15/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Kerwynn Williams ranks 11th in the nation in all-purpose yards (163.0), 23rd in rushing (106.4), and tied for 34th in the nation in scoring (8.5). One of the country's most unheralded players, this will be a nationally televised showcase to show his value. NFL scouts will be watching, for sure, especially after the rookie-year pro success two former running back teammates (Robert Turbin of Seattle, Michael Smith at Tampa Bay) are enjoying this year. And Williams even offers more versatility. - The Sports Xchange
12/15/2012 - BOWL HISTORY: Utah State, who also played in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, losing to Ohio in the closing seconds, is appearing in back-to-back bowl games for just the third time in school history joining the 1946 Raisin Bowl and 1947 Grape Bowl teams. Also, the 1960 Sun Bowl and 1961 Gotham Bowl teams. Overall, it is Utah State's eighth bowl appearance in school history and Utah State has won just twice.
Scouting the running game: It centers around senior Kerwynn Williams, who had 1,277 yards on the ground and averaged 6.4 yards per carry. What may say the most about his attack, and the offensive line creating holes for him, was that in 200 attempts Williams only lost a total of 64 yards for the season. He set up reasonable third-down situations all season. Quarterback Chuckie Keeton is next in line, averaging 4.4 yards on 120 attempts. - The Sports Xchange
12/15/2012 - Kerwynn Williams ran for 235 yards and three touchdowns and No. 18 Utah State won a bowl game for the first time in nearly 20 years, beating Toledo 41-15 on Saturday in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The victory capped the best season in Utah State history. The Aggies finished 11-2, won the Western Athletic Conference title outright and had their first bowl victory since 1993.
Chuckie Keeton scored on a 62-yard run to put Utah State up 7-3, and Williams, the game's MVP, sparked a 28-point fourth quarter for Utah State when he broke through the defense and raced 63 yards for a touchdown to put the Aggies up 20-9. Williams, who had 18 carries, followed that with TD runs of 5 and 25 yards. Keeton ran for 92 yards and was 21-of-31 passing for 229 yards.
Toledo (9-4) was able to move the ball and made five trips inside the red zone. But penalties and miscues forced the Rockets to settle for Jeremiah Detmer's three field goals. - AP Sports
12/15/2012 - Utah State capped a historic season Saturday at Bronco Stadium with its first bowl victory in 19 years. The No. 18 Aggies beat Toledo 41-15 -- pulling away on star running back Kerwynn Williams' 63-yard touchdown run with 6:57 left in the game. Williams had been bottled up much of the game and moments earlier had committed a key fumble that allowed Toledo to pull to 13-9.
The Aggies finished 11-2 -- a school-record win total. They won their first outright conference title since 1936 and cracked the polls for the first time since 1978. They will finish in the Top 25 for the first time since 1961. Toledo got off to a strong start against a Utah State team that has dominated the first quarter this season. The Aggies had outscored opponents 131-6 in the first quarter, allowing just two field goals. - The Sports Xchange
12/14/2012 - Utah State's senior running back Kerwynn Williams has accepted an invitation to play in the 88th East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on January 19, 2013. Williams, a 5-8, 189-pound senior running back from Las Vegas, Nev. (Valley HS), is the first Aggie to play in the East-West Shrine Game since De'von Hall participated in the 84th annual game after the 2008-09 season.
On the season, Williams ranks first in the Western Athletic Conference and 11th in the nation in all-purpose yards (163.0 pg) as well as first in the WAC and 23rd in the nation in rushing with 106.42 yards per game. Furthermore, Williams leads the team in rushing yards (1,277), rushing touchdown (12), receiving yards (663), receptions (43), all-purpose yards (1,956) and scoring (102), while also being tied for the most receiving touchdowns with five.
For his career, Williams ranks first in USU history, second in the WAC and 18th in the nation in all-purpose yards (6,659). He also ranks first in school history in kickoff return yards (3,390), kickoff returns (135), sixth in rushing average per carry (6.3), eighth in rushing yards (2,280), eighth in rushing touchdowns (19) and ninth in total touchdowns (25). - Utah State football
12/07/2012 - 2012 ALL-WAC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB-Kerwynn Williams, Utah State, Sr., has been selected First Team All-Western Athletic Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Kerwynn Williams, a 5-8, 189-pound senior running back from Las Vegas, Nev. (Valley HS) ranks first in the WAC and 11th in the nation in all-purpose yards (163.0 ypg), first in the WAC and 23rd in the nation in rushing (106.4 ypg), third in the WAC and tied for 34th in the nation in scoring (8.5 ppg), seventh in the WAC in total offense (106.4 ypg), and eighth in the WAC in receiving (55.2 ypg).
During his senior season, Williams has carried the ball 200 times for 1,277 yards (6.4 ypc) with 12 touchdowns, while catching 43 passes for 663 yards (15.4 ypc) and five touchdowns and leads the team in all of those categories. Williams also set the single-season school record for receiving yards by a running back in 2012 and is just six receptions shy of that single-season school record as well. In 2012, Williams' 17 total touchdowns ranks third all-time at USU for a single-season, while his 1,277 rushing yards rank ninth. - Utah State football
11/17/2012 - Kerwynn Williams scored on a 4-yard touchdown run to give Utah State a lead in overtime and the Aggies stopped Louisiana Tech on four plays to win 48-41 on Saturday and clinch at least a share of the Western Athletic Conference championship. Chuckie Keeton threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns for Utah State (9-2, 5-0), which let a 24-point, third-quarter lead slip away against one of the nation's highest scoring teams. The Aggies scored on their first offensive play - an 86-yard touchdown after a screen pass from Keeton to Williams - and racked up 646 yards of total offense.
Utah State jumped out to a 27-3 lead by early in the third quarter, but Louisiana Tech (9-2, 4-1) rallied to tie the game at 41 on Matt Nelson's 32-yard field goal as time expired in regulation. Louisiana Tech's Colby Cameron threw an interception late in the second quarter, snapping his NCAA-record streak of 445 pass attempts without an interception. Cameron completed 35 of 60 passes for 396 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Utah State improved its record to 2-50 against nationally-ranked teams, including a 1-39 mark on the road. The Aggies only needs to beat Idaho next week to win the conference championship. - AP Sports
11/08/2012 - Running back Kerwynn Williams sure has waited his time to be "the man." Well, he's that now as a senior after the graduations of Robert Turbin and Michael Smith -- both experiencing success as NFL rookies. And Williams can say he's a 1,000-yard rusher, too. "Kerwynn, getting 1,000 yards. I can't say enough about him and what he has meant to this program," head coach Gary Andersen said. "One-thousand yards is a great thing and the way he has handled his time here. He is a tremendous leader, a tremendous teammate and a tremendous player. My hat goes off to him. I am very happy he could get that 1,000 yards at home." - The Sports Xchange
10/13/2012 - Kerwynn Williams scored three touchdowns on the ground, Chuckie Keeton threw for three more in the air and the Utah State offense didn't let up Saturday in a 49-27 victory over San Jose State. Williams had 15 carries for 176 yards and three scores to lead the ground attack for the Aggies while Keeton was 26 of 35 for 273 yards and three touchdowns. San Jose State quarterback David Fales had a good night, completing 38 of 50 passes for 467 yards and three touchdowns. Fales' favorite target was Noel Grigsby who caught 11 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns. At one point, Utah State (5-2, 1-0 Big Sky) led 28-3 after Keeton found Travis Van Leeuwen in the end zone on a 21-yard touchdown pass with 9:26 to go in the second quarter. San Jose State (4-2, 0-1) had won four straight contests leading up to Saturday's loss. - AP Sports
10/05/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Utah State at BYU, Oct. 5 -- Utah State attempts to win for the second time in three years against the Cougars. USU will hope that a consistent offense, easily the strongest one BYU will have faced this year, frustrates one of the country's top defenses. KEYS TO THE GAME: Utah State coach Gary Andersen continually laments his team's penchant for penalties. Creating a lot of third-and-long situations plays right into BYU's hands, and takes away the Aggie playmakers as true threats. Look for Utah State to sometimes play the field position game, trusting its punter and strong defense against a BYU offense that only sparked last week against a miserable Hawaii defense. PLAYERS TO WATCH: Running back Kerwynn Williams is coming off one of his best games in a Utah State uniform. The 5-foot-8, 189-pounder rushed for a career-high 205 yards and two touchdowns in the Aggies' 31-19 victory at Colorado State last Saturday night. "First of all, the thing that's awesome about Kerwynn is he has a lot of leadership to go along with his ability," Utah State running backs coach Mike Sanford said. "His whole story is awesome. He played behind some good backs (NFL draft picks Robert Turbin and Michael Smith), found his niche as a kickoff returner and special teams player, and then during that time behind those guys was preparing himself to be the guy. He got that opportunity and he is our guy. He's a pleasure to work with, he's an excellent leader of that group and I'm glad we have him." - The Sports Xchange
09/30/2012 - Chuckie Keeton threw for 402 yards and four touchdowns and Kerwynn Williams compiled 260 yards from scrimmage as Utah State beat UNLV 35-13 on Saturday night. Keeton completed 20 of 33 passes and Williams ran for 113 yards on 20 carries and caught seven passes for 147 yards for the Aggies, who are 4-1 for the first time since 1978. On the first play from scrimmage in the fourth quarter, Keeton hit Williams for a 74-yard touchdown pass to give Utah State a 27-13 lead. Nick Sherry completed only 18 of 39 passes for 188 yards for the Rebels (1-4). His 3-yard scoring pass to Max Johnson in the second quarter was the first touchdown allowed by the Aggies in the first half this season. Keeton was the first Utah State QB to pass for 400 yards since 2002. Chuck Jacobs caught four passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns for Utah State. - AP Sports
09/24/2012 - WEEK 4 WAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Utah State running back Kerwynn Williams, a senior from Las Vegas, Nev. (Valley HS), racked up 227 all-purpose yards in Utah State's 31-19 win at Colorado State. Williams rushed for a career-high 205 yards on 21 carries with two touchdowns and added three receptions for 22 yards. He had touchdown runs of 26 and 58 yards in the game with the latter being a career-long. It was his second career 100-yard rushing game and first multi-touchdown game. Others nominated on offense: senior wide receiver Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech; sophomore wide receiver Austin Franklin, New Mexico State; junior quarterback David Fales, San Jose State; sophomore running back David Glasco II, UTSA; and senior quarterback Shaun Rutherford, Texas State. - WAC football
09/22/2012 - Kerwynn Williams set career highs with 21 carries for 205 yards and two touchdowns in leading Utah State past Colorado State 31-19 Saturday night. Williams, a senior, had touchdown runs of 26 and 58 yards. His only other 100-yard game came in 2010, when he gained 147 yards on 19 carries against Boise State. The Aggies (3-1) are off to their best start since winning their first five games in 1978. They've outscored their opponents 51-0 in the first quarter and haven't given up a touchdown in the first half. They led 17-0 at the break, and it could have been much worse. After Williams' 26-yard TD run, the Rams (1-3) had a goal-line stand, and Utah State settled for Josh Thompson's 20-yard field goal. The Aggies needed 19 plays to cover 85 yards on their next score, capped by Chuckie Keeton's 1-yard fade pass to Matt Austin on fourth-and-goal from the 1. Austin fumbled into the end zone in the final minute of the first half, and Colorado State cornerback Shaq Bell scooped it up. Bell's interception in the third quarter set up Jared Roberts' second field goal, a 31-yarder that made it 17-6. Four plays later, Williams cut through the heart of the Rams' defense for his 58-yard TD. - AP Sports
09/08/2012 - Chuckie Keeton threw two touchdown passes, Kerwynn Williams scored on 1-yard run on the first possession of overtime and Utah State beat Utah 27-20 on Friday night to snap a 12-game losing streak against the Utes. Utah State (2-0) held on after Utah (1-1) had a touchdown catch by Jake Murphy in overtime nullified when Murphy was called for interference. Utah lost more than the game to an instate rival. It lost quarterback Jordan Wynn, who stood on the sideline with his left, non-throwing arm in a sling after taking a hard hit in the second quarter. Wynn sustained a season-ending injury to the same left shoulder last October. Jon Hays replaced him and rallied Utah. His TD pass to Kenneth Scott tied it at 20 with 3:19 left in regulation. Utah got another TD pass from freshman Travis Wilson. Utah's Coleman Petersen missed a 52-yard field goal on the final play in regulation, sending the teams to overtime for the first time in the series. Hays, who finished 12 of 26 for 154 yards, had one last chance in overtime but his pass to DeVonte Christopher fell incomplete, setting off a wild celebration at sold-out Romney Stadium, especially because the rivalry that dates to 1892 might not to return to Logan. The teams are set to play in Salt Lake City in 2013 and 2015, but scheduling is an issue as Utah plays in the Pac-12 and the Aggies are headed to the Mountain West next season. The Aggies had not beaten Utah since 1997, and not in Logan since 1996. Utah State held a 380-325 advantage in total yards, with Williams adding 95 yards rushing on 17 carries, including the winner set up by Keeton's 23-yard scramble to the 1. - AP Sports
08/30/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Utah State's 37 rushing touchdowns in 2011 were the second-most in school history. USU also rushed for more than 3,000 yards for just the second time in school history in 2011. Replacing Robert Turbin and Michael Smith, both NFL draft picks, will hinge in large part on Kerwynn Williams. The speedy senior, who also returns kicks, has rushed for 1,003 yards in his career. That's not nearly as much as Turbin's senior year alone (1,517). - The Sports Xchange
07/20/2012 - 2012 DOAK WALKER AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Kerwynn Williams (Sr.), Utah State, has been selected to the Preseason Doak Walker Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented annually to the nation's premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community. Williams is one of just two Western Athletic Conference players nominated for the Doak Walker Award along with Louisiana Tech's Hunter Lee. He is also one of three players among the 52 candidates from the state of Utah joining Michael Alisa of BYU and John White of Utah. It is the second time this year that Williams has received preseason national recognition as he was also one of 30 punt returns placed on the 2012 College Football Performance Award Watch List for special teams. A native of Las Vegas, Nev. (Valley HS), Williams rushed for 542 yards on 81 carries (6.7 ypc) in 2011, which ranked third on USU's single-season rushing average list, to go along with three rushing touchdowns including a 43-yard score against Auburn. For his career, Williams has rushed for 1,003 yards on 164 carries (6.1 ypc) and has scored seven rushing touchdowns in 36 games. - Utah State football