Jameson Williams
No. 9 – Detroit Lions
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (2001-03-26) March 26, 2001 (age 21)
St. Louis, Missouri
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school:Cardinal Ritter (St. Louis)
College:
NFL Draft:2022 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12
Career history
Roster status:Active/non-football injury
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2022
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Jameson Williams (born March 26, 2001) is an American football wide receiver for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ohio State before transferring to Alabama in 2021, where he was named an All-American. Williams was drafted by the Lions in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Early life and high school

Williams was born on March 26, 2001, and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School and played for their football team. As a junior, Williams caught 36 passes for 1,062 yards and 15 touchdowns and returned three kickoffs for touchdowns.[1][2] He was named an Under Armour All-American after finishing his senior season with 68 receptions for 1,626 yards and 22 touchdowns.[3][4] Williams also ran track at Cardinal Ritter and won back-to-back Class 3 state titles in the 300 meter hurdles and set the state record.[5] He was rated a four-star football prospect and committed to play at Ohio State.[6]

College career

Ohio State

Williams began his collegiate career at Ohio State. He caught six passes for 112 yards and a touchdown in his freshman season.[7] As a sophomore, Williams started six games and had nine receptions for 154 yards and two touchdowns. In the 2021 Sugar Bowl, Williams scored a touchdown on a 45 yard reception against Clemson.[8] After the season, Williams announced that he would transfer to Alabama.[9][10]

Alabama

Williams was named a starter for the Crimson Tide going into his first season with the team.[11] He was named the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 4 after returning three kickoffs for 177 yards and two touchdowns and also caught an 81-yard touchdown pass in a 63-14 win over Southern Miss.[12] Williams was named first-team All-SEC and All-American as well as the conference's co-Special Teams Player of the Year.[13][14] Williams suffered a torn ACL in the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship game.[15] He finished the 2021 season with 79 receptions for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns. He declared for the 2022 NFL Draft following the championship game and began to rehab from the injury.[16]

College statistics
Season Team GP Receiving Rushing
Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD
2019 Ohio State 4 6 112 18.7 61 1 0 0 0 0 0
2020 Ohio State 6 9 154 17.1 45 2 0 0 0 0 0
2021 Alabama 15 79 1,572 19.9 46 15 3 23 7.7 18 0
Career[17] 25 94 1,838 19.6 61 18 3 23 7.7 18 0

Professional career

Williams was selected by the Detroit Lions in the first round (12th overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft.[18] The pick was acquired via a trade with the Minnesota Vikings.[18]

References

  1. ^ "Trieu: Speed makes WR Jameson Williams top MSU target". The Detroit News. August 11, 2017. Retrieved September 2, 2021.
  2. ^ Wasserman, Ari (November 15, 2018). "Moving on from Zach Smith: Jameson Williams' commitment, Brian Hartline's future and Ohio State's image". The Athletic. Retrieved September 2, 2021.
  3. ^ "WR: Jameson Williams, Cardinal Ritter". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. May 2, 2020. Retrieved September 2, 2021.
  4. ^ "Ohio State WR pledge Jameson Williams ready for Under Armour glory". November 26, 2018.
  5. ^ "Ritter's Williams breaks record; Lafayette Hindman adds to resume". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. April 3, 2017. Retrieved September 2, 2021.
  6. ^ "Cardinal Ritter's Williams commits to Ohio State". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. September 28, 2018. Retrieved September 2, 2021.
  7. ^ Prescott, Adam (October 3, 2020). "Sophomore Speedster Jameson Williams Ready to Explode?". SI.com. Retrieved September 7, 2021.
  8. ^ Zenitz, Matt (May 6, 2021). "Why Alabama wanted Jameson Williams and vice versa". AL.com. Retrieved September 2, 2021.
  9. ^ Baird, Nathan (April 28, 2021). "Ohio State football's Jameson Williams in transfer portal as attrition continues in loaded receiver corps". Cleveland.com. Retrieved September 2, 2021.
  10. ^ Scarborough, Alex (May 3, 2021). "Former Ohio State Buckeyes WR Jameson Williams transferring to Alabama football program". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 2, 2021.
  11. ^ Casagrande, Michael (August 19, 2021). "Saban expects Ohio State transfer WR will be 'a featured guy'". AL.com. Retrieved September 2, 2021.
  12. ^ De Siver, Hunter (September 27, 2021). "Jameson Williams Breaks School Record in Win Against Southern Miss". WVUA23.com. Retrieved January 3, 2022.
  13. ^ "Mizzou's Tyler Badie, Alabama's Jameson Williams earn unanimous AP All-SEC honors". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. December 8, 2021. Retrieved January 3, 2022.
  14. ^ "Bryce Young, Evan Neal become consensus All-Americans; 4 from Alabama on Sporting News first team". Tuscaloosa News. December 14, 2021. Retrieved January 3, 2022.
  15. ^ Schlabach, Mark. "Sources: Star Alabama Crimson Tide WR Jameson Williams has torn ACL". ESPN. Retrieved April 24, 2022.
  16. ^ Scarborough, Alex (January 13, 2022). "Alabama Crimson Tide WR Jameson Williams declares for NFL draft". ESPN. Retrieved January 16, 2022.
  17. ^ "Jameson Williams College Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved January 16, 2022.
  18. ^ a b "Lions trade up, draft wide receiver Jameson Williams". www.detroitlions.com. Retrieved April 29, 2022.