Darrel Williams
Williams with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019
No. 31 – Kansas City Chiefs
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1995-04-15) April 15, 1995 (age 26)
Marrero, Louisiana
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:224 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:John Ehret (Marrero, Louisiana)
College:LSU
Undrafted:2018
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 4, 2021
Rushing yards:426
Rushing average:3.7
Rushing touchdowns:6
Receptions:40
Receiving yards:337
Receiving touchdowns:2
Player stats at NFL.com

Darrel Williams (born April 15, 1995) is an American football running back for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Louisiana State University. He was signed by the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2018.

High school career

Williams was a four-star recruit coming out of John Ehret High School in Marrero, Louisiana; he amassed 2,036 yards and had 27 touchdowns in his senior year.[1] He had offers from Arizona State, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Florida.[2]

College career

In Williams's freshman season at LSU, he joined a four-player running back rotation. As a senior, he started in several games in place of an injured Derrius Guice. On October 21, 2017, against Ole Miss, he became the first player in LSU history to record at least 100 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards in the same game.[3] After the conclusion of LSU's 2017 season, Williams accepted an invitation to play in the 2018 Senior Bowl.[4]

Collegiate statistics

Darrel Williams Rushing Receiving
Year School Conf Class Pos G Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD
2014 LSU SEC FR RB 11 64 302 4.7 3 6 63 10.5 0
2015 LSU SEC SO RB 11 60 296 4.9 4 4 31 7.8 0
2016 LSU SEC JR RB 9 52 233 4.5 3 5 37 7.4 0
2017 LSU SEC SR RB 13 145 820 5.7 9 23 331 14.4 0
Career LSU 44 321 1,651 5.1 19 38 462 12.2 0

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 20-yard shuttle Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 11+58 in
(1.82 m)
225 lb
(102 kg)
31 in
(0.79 m)
9+38 in
(0.24 m)
4.72 s 4.21 s 32.0 in
(0.81 m)
9 ft 1 in
(2.77 m)
22 reps
All values from NFL Combine[5]

After going undrafted in the 2018 NFL Draft, Williams was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent on May 5, 2018.[6] He totaled 13 carries for 44 rushing yards and three receptions for 27 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown in his rookie season.[7]

In Week 4 of the 2019 season against the Detroit Lions, Williams rushed eight times for 13 yards and two touchdowns and caught three passes for 43 yards in the 34-30 win.[8] He was placed on injured reserve on December 5, 2019 with a hamstring injury.[9] He finished the season with 141 rushing yards and three touchdowns, along with 15 catches for 167 yards and one touchdown through 12 games.[10] During his absence, the Chiefs went on to win Super Bowl LIV, their first championship in 50 years.[11]

In the 2020 season, Williams finished the season with 39 carries for 169 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown to go along with 18 receptions for 116 receiving yards.[12] He earned the start for the Divisional Round against the Cleveland Browns due to an injury to Clyde Edwards-Helaire.[13] In the AFC Championship against the Buffalo Bills, Williams rushed for 52 yards and a touchdown during the 38–24 win.[14] He played in Super Bowl LV, but only recorded 15 total scrimmage yards in the 31–9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[15]

Williams signed a one-year contract extension with the Chiefs on March 16, 2021.[16]

References

  1. ^ Smith, James (December 10, 2013). "Ehret running back Darrel Williams commits to LSU". NOLA.com. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  2. ^ Donohue, Tyler (December 11, 2013). "4-Star RB Darrel Williams Commits to LSU over Several SEC Options". Bleacher Report.
  3. ^ Guilbeau, Glenn (October 21, 2017). ""Finally healthy" Derrius Guice, sidekick Darrel Williams total 493 yards in Ole Miss win". The Advertiser. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  4. ^ Shipp, Sonny (January 16, 2018). "Darrel Williams and Christian LaCouture added to Senior Bowl". 247sports.com. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  5. ^ "Darrel Williams Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved September 28, 2020.
  6. ^ "Meet the Kansas City Chiefs' 14 Undrafted Rookie Free Agents for 2018". Chiefs.com. May 5, 2018. Archived from the original on March 21, 2019. Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  7. ^ "Darrel Williams 2018 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  8. ^ "Chiefs score late, stay undefeated with 34-30 win over Lions". www.espn.com. Associated Press. September 29, 2019. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  9. ^ Gantt, Darin (December 5, 2019). "Chiefs put Darrel Williams on injured reserve". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports. Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  10. ^ "Darrel Williams 2019 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  11. ^ Shook, Nick (February 2, 2020). "Kansas City Chiefs win Super Bowl LIV". NFL.com. Retrieved February 2, 2020.
  12. ^ "Darrel Williams 2020 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  13. ^ "Divisional Round - Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs - January 17th, 2021". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  14. ^ "AFC Championship - Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs - January 24th, 2021". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 31, 2021.
  15. ^ "Super Bowl LV - Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas City Chiefs - February 7th, 2021". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  16. ^ "Chiefs' Darrel Williams: Staying in KC". CBSSports.com. March 16, 2021. Retrieved April 20, 2021.