Williams finished second on the squad with an efficient 59 receptions for 957 yards, finding the end zone with 11 of those grabs during a 2011 season that earned him All-Big 12 Conference second-team honors. Before the 2012 season, Williams spent quite a few hours working on consistency and polish in order to gain better separation vs. press coverage. with his sudden burst and explosive second gear.
As a senior, Williams displayed a burst out of his breaks and proved that he had the ability to easily gobble up the cushion and get behind the defensive back. He would go on to set the school season-record with 1,832 yards receiving in 2012, as his 97 catches and 12 touchdowns both placed second on the Bears annual record chart. Proving that he was more than capable of stretching the field, he had at least one catch for 40 yards or longer in 11 of the 13 games he appeared in. That success was due to Williams demonstrating the body control to adjust to off-target throws and showing that he could do a nice job of tracking and adjusting to deep throws. With his new-found quick start and adding an array of moves and fakes, he combined that with deceiving top-end speed to stretch the field vertically. Where he had most of his success was in finding the seam, where he was able to turn a short throw into a big gain.
The Dallas, Texas native first played organized football as a member of the W.T. White High School team. His breakout campaign came in 2006, when the junior pulled down 30 balls for 615 yards and five touchdowns to earn first-team All- District 11-5A honors. As a senior, he competed on both sides of the ball to again garner All-District honors, in addition to being named Class 5A All-State honorable mention by the Texas Sports Writers Association in 2007.
Williams was rated the 78th-best prospect on the Dallas Morning News' Area Top 100 team that year. He hauled in 59 passes for 972 yards and eight touchdowns as senior. Once the gridiron season ended, he would suit up for the Longhorns' basketball team.
Williams enrolled at Baylor University in 2008, shunning other offers from Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Colorado State, Kansas and Kansas State. He earned the Bears' Offensive Squad Award while red-shirting as a member of the scout team that season. In 2009, he was relegated to special team duties mostly, averaging 24.06 yards on 31 kickoff returns and 14.4 yards as a punt returner. In brief action on offense, he caught three passes for 61 yards.
As a sophomore, Williams started ten games at flanker, placing third on the squad with 43 receptions for 484 yards (11.26 ypc) and four touchdowns. He remained a key part of the return game, taking back 20 kickoffs for a 21.35-yard average. He also averaged 11.25 yards on eight punt returns en route to compiling 1,004 all-purpose yards.
Williams started 11 more times as a junior. His 59 catches placed ninth on the school season-record chart and his 957 receiving yards were good for fifth on the annual list. He also tied for third in the record books with 11 touchdowns, scoring at least once in seven games before being kept out of the end zone in the Alamo Bowl.
With his 2012 performance, followed by an impressive showing during practices at the prestigious 2013 Senior Bowl, Williams could join Kendall Wright as Baylor's only receivers to go in the first round of the NFL Draft. The All-American and All-Big 12 Conference choice led the nation with an average of 140.92 receiving yards per game and placed second in the conference with 1,846 all-purpose yards, a school season-record.
Williams quickly became quarterback Nick Florence's go-to receiver, and it showed during a five-game stretch vs. Big 12 competition, when Williams exploded for 54-987-6, including 314 yards against West Virginia. His number would be called to the tune of 97 times, establishing a Bears annual record with 1,832 yards, as his average of 18.89 yards per catch is the fourth-best in a season by a Baylor performer.
Williams started 34 of the 51 games he played in for Baylor at the flanker position, coming up with 202 receptions for 3,334 yards (16.50 ypc) and 27 touchdowns, ranking 16th among active NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision performers with a his 202 grabs, as his yardage figure placed third and his touchdown catches tied Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins for third…Scored 162 points, as he rushed three times for 17 yards…On special teams, he recorded two solo tackles, returned 53 kickoffs for 1,180 yards (22.26 avg) and 13 punts for 162 yards (12.46 avg)…Set the school career-record with 4,693 all-purpose yards, an average of 92.02 yards per game, topping the previous mark of 4,479 yards by Kendall Wright (2008-11)…His 202 catches are topped by only Wright (302) on the school career-record list...His 3,334 yards receiving also fall behind Wright's total of 4,004 yards and rank sixth in Big 12 annals behind Ryan Broyles of Oklahoma (4,586; 2008-11), Rashaun Woods of Oklahoma State (4,414; 2000-03), Kendall Wright, Roy Williams of Texas (3,866; 2000-03) and Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State (3,564; 2009-11)…The Bears receiver's 27 touchdown receptions are topped by just Kendall Wright (30) on the school all-time record chart, as that duo are the only Bears players to pull down at least 20 passes for touchdowns in a career…Williams average of 16.50 yards per catch is fifth-best in Baylor annals, topped by Melvin Bonner (21.57; 1989-92), Bruce Davis (19.62; 1980-83), Matt Clark (18.27; 1984-87) and Robert Holt (18.03; 1978-80)…His 53 kickoff returns tied Trooper Taylor (1988-92) for the sixth-most in a career by a Baylor player, while he finished sixth with 1,180 kickoff return yards and fifth with a 22.26-yard kickoff return average.
Williams was named a first-team All-American by The NFL Draft Report, Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Sporting News, ESPN, SI.com, CBSSports, FoxSportsNext, Phil Steele and the American Football Coaches Association, marking his 10th first-team All-American honor of the season. The selection makes Williams Baylor's sixth all-time unanimous All-American, joining Bill Glass (1956), Mike Singletary (1980), Thomas Everett (1986), Santana Dotson (1991) and Daniel Sepulveda (2006)…Williams is the Bears' first offensive skill position player to be named a unanimous All-American…Also is the 15th player in program history to be named a FWAA All-American, and he joins Robert Griffin III (2011), Jason Smith (2008) and Sepulveda (2006) as the only Baylor honorees during the Big 12 Conference era…He combines with RG III to give Baylor FWAA All-Americans in consecutive seasons for the third time in program history, and Williams joins Stanley Williams (1951) and Lawrence Elkins (1963 & 1964) as the only FWAA All-American receivers in program history…One of three Biletnikoff Award finalists, Williams added unanimous All-Big 12 Conference first-team accolades…Started all 13 games at flanker, leading the nation with an average of 140.92 receiving yards per game, as he placed second in the league and 22nd in the FBS ranks with an average of 142.0 all-purpose yards per game…Led the team with a career-high 97 receptions for 1,832 yards (18.89 ypc) and 12 touchdowns, adding 14 yards on two carries while scoring 72 points…Recorded a solo tackle vs. Kansas State and set the school season-record with 1,846 all-purpose yards, topping the old mark of 1,772 yards by Kendall Wright in 2011…His 97 receptions placed second on the Bears annual record chart, topped by Wright's 108 in 2011…His 1,832 receiving yards set a new school season-record, bettering the previous mark of 1,663 yards by Wright during the 2011 campaign. His receiving yardage figure ranks second on the Big 12 annual record list behind Michael Crabtree of Texas Tech (1,962 in 2007) and placed Williams seventh on the NCAA FBS record sheets. Only Trevor Insley of Nevada (2,060 in 1999), Troy Edwards of Louisiana Tech (1,996 in 1998), Michael Crabtree, Jordan White of Western Michigan (1,911 in 2011), Greg Salas of Hawaii (1,889 in 2010) and Alex Van Dyke of Nevada (1,854 in 1995) gained more receiving yards in a season for a major college…Williams' 12 touchdown grabs rank second on the school season charts behind Kendall Wright's record fourteen in 2011…His average of 18.89 yards per reception is the fourth-best by a Bear in a season, ranking behind Melvin Bonner (24.59 in 1991 and 20.97 in 1992), Marvin Callies (19.77 in 1993) and Matt Clark (18.62 in 1985)…Made 15 receptions of 40-plus yards, including three TDs of 74 yards or longer...Caught two touchdowns in four straight games between second game and fifth game...Totaled 100-plus yards in seven of first eight games (just once over final four games)...Set three school marks in a record-breaking game at West Virginia - 17 receptions for 314 yards (catches, yards, all-purpose yards)...Caught touchdowns of 74 and 77 yards vs. Texas Christian, as he tallied 163 yards on just three grabs...Added seven snatches for 138 yards vs. Southern Methodist and 131 yards with two scores on six grabs vs. Sam Houston State…Had 10 receptions for 183 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown at Texas...Totaled 190 yards on 13 catches vs. Iowa State and posted double-digit receptions for the third straight game with an 11-catch, 137-yard effort with a score in the Kansas clash...Made seven grabs for 175 yards and a touchdown vs. Texas Tech in 11th game...Closed out his career with two receptions for 68 yards in the Holiday Bowl vs. UCLA.
Williams played in 13 games, starting 11 at flanker…Received All-Big 12 Conference second-team accolades from The NFL Draft Report and Dallas Morning News, adding honorable mention from the league's coaches and Associated Press...Finished second on the team with 59 receptions for 957 yards (16.22 ypc) and 11 touchdowns, scoring 66 points as he also fielded two short kicks for seven yards and recorded a solo tackle in the Texas A&M contest…His 59 grabs rank ninth on the school season-record list, where his 957 receiving yards placed fifth…His 11 touchdown catches tied Melvin Bonner (1992) for third on Baylor's annual record chart behind Williams 12 scores in 2012 and Kendall Wright's record of 14 in 2011…Had four 100-yard performances and began a seven game string in the second half where he caught at least one touchdown in each contest…Opened the season scoring twice on six grabs for 126 yards vs. Texas Christian…Vs. Rice in the third game, caught two passes for 25 yards, including a four-yard score...Had eight catches for 146 yards, including a season-long 77-yard touchdown at Texas A&M...Made eight receptions and racked up a seasonhigh 154 receiving yards and one score at Oklahoma State…Followed with his third straight 100-yard game with seven catches for 100 yards and two scores vs. Missouri and made five catches for 99 yards and touchdown vs. Oklahoma...Closed out the regular season with four catches for 88 yards and touchdown vs. Texas...In the Valero Alamo Bowl win over Washington, he totaled six catches for 62 yards.
Williams started 10 games at flanker while appearing in all 13 contests…Part of a revived aerial attack that finished 13th in the nation in total offense (475.31 ypc) as he ranked third on the unit with 43 receptions for 484 yards (11.26 ypc) and four touchdowns, scoring 24 points…Carried once for 3 yards, gained 90 yards on eight punt returns (11.25 avg) and 427 yards on twenty kickoff returns (21.35 avg), averaging 77.23 all-purpose yards (1,004 total) for his sophomore season.
Williams appeared in every game as a reserve receiver, making his greatest impact on special teams, where he averaged 24.06 yards on 31 kickoff returns for 746 yards and gained 72 yards on five punt returns to be named Baylor's Co-Special Teams MVP…Also saw brief action on offense, coming up with three receptions for 61 yards (20.33 ypc).
Williams sat out his first season at Baylor and participated on the practice squad, as he redshirted to retain eligibility.
4.48 in the 40-yard dash…1.55 10-yard dash…2.59 20-yard dash…4.25 20-yard shuttle…11.11 60-yard shuttle…6.82 three-cone drill…35 Ã³-inch vertical jump…10'0” broad jump… Bench pressed 225 pounds 16 times…30 5/8-inch arm length…8 3/4-inch hands…74 1/8-inch wingspan.
Williams attended W.T. White (Dallas, Tex.) High School, playing football for head coach Joel Evans…His breakout campaign came in 2006, when the junior pulled down 30 balls for 615 yards and five touchdowns to earn first-team All- District 11-5A honors…As a senior, he competed on both sides of the ball to again garner All-District honors, in addition to being named Class 5A All-State honorable mention by the Texas Sports Writers Association in 2007…Rated the 78th-best prospect on the Dallas Morning News' Area Top 100 team that year…Hauled in 59 passes for 972 yards and eight touchdowns as senior… Once the gridiron season ended, he would suit up for the Longhorns' basketball team.
Williams graduated in December, 2012, with a degree in General Studies…Son of Angela F. Brown and Jeff Brown…Born 9/18/89 in Dallas, Texas.