Avery Williams
Williams in 2021
No. 35 – Atlanta Falcons
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1998-07-15) July 15, 1998 (age 23)
Pasadena, California
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:JSerra Catholic
(San Juan Capistrano, California)
College:Boise State
NFL Draft:2021 / Round: 5 / Pick: 183
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 4, 2021
Total tackles:8
Pass deflections:1
Return yards:115
Player stats at NFL.com

Avery Williams (born July 15, 1998) is an American football defensive back for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Boise State.

Early life and high school

Williams was born to Pam Veasey and Marvin Williams on July 15, 1998. He grew up in Pasadena, California and originally attended Saint Francis High School before transferring to JSerra Catholic High School before his senior year.[1]

College career

Williams joined Boise State's football team as a walk-on and redshirted his true freshman season. He became the team's punt and kick returner as well as a starter at cornerback during his redshirt freshman season and finished the season with two interceptions and eight passes broken up and also returned two punts for touchdowns and was named second team All-Mountain West Conference.[2][3]

As a redshirt sophomore, Williams recorded 49 tackles with 11 passes defended, two interceptions and three forced fumbles and returned a kickoff for a touchdown and was named honorable mention All-Mountain West.[4] He was again named honorable mention All-Mountain West after recording 39 tackles with four passes broken up and returning 22 punts for 290 yards and two touchdowns in his junior season.[5] As a senior, Williams returned 19 kickoffs for 533 yards and two touchdowns and 15 punts for 229 yards and two touchdowns, tying the NCAA Division I career record with nine return touchdowns. He was named first team All-Mountain West and the Conference Special Teams Player of the Year as a returner and was a consensus first team All-American selection as an all-purpose player.[6][7]

Professional career

Williams was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the fifth round (183rd overall) of the 2021 NFL Draft.[8] He signed his four-year rookie contract with Atlanta on June 15, 2021.[9]

References

  1. ^ Turner, Andrew (September 12, 2015). "Williams helps JSerra keep moving". Orange County Register.
  2. ^ "How Boise State football landed returner Avery Williams". Idaho Statesman. September 8, 2017.
  3. ^ "Avery Williams is Boise State's spark on special teams". Idaho Statesman. December 15, 2019.
  4. ^ "Avery Williams is No. 3 on our list of Boise State's most important players". Idaho Statesman. June 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "Offseason Outlook: Williams looking to rebound at cornerback". The Idaho Press-Tribune. May 7, 2020.
  6. ^ "College football's top senior student-athlete plays at Boise State; Williams honored again". Idaho Statesman. December 30, 2020.
  7. ^ "Avery Williams becomes Boise State's first consensus All-American in 9 years". Idaho Statesman. December 31, 2020.
  8. ^ "Falcons select CB Avery Williams in fifth round of NFL Draft". Atlanta Falcons. Retrieved May 2, 2021.
  9. ^ https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/06/falcons-sign-five-draft-picks-2