2018 Senior Bowl Participant
2017 LSU Most Valuable Player
One of the unsung heroes of LSU football during his four years with the Tigers ... Playing in the shadows of 1,000-yard rushers Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice, quietly amassed 1,651 yards rushing and 19 TDs ... Added 38 receptions for 462 yards ... On any other team, would have been the featured back and a 1,000-yard rusher ... True team player that can do it all from the running back position – talented runner, dominant blocker and exceptional receiver ... Finished his career ranked No. 21 in school history in rushing yards ... Became the first player in LSU history to have 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game when he did it against Ole Miss in 2017 (103 rushing, 105 receiving) ... Rushed for 100 or more yards three times during career and rushed for two or more TDs in a game five times ... LSU was 3-0 in games in which he rushed for 100 yards ... Earned an invite to the 2018 Senior Bowl becoming first LSU running back to participate in the game since Charles Scott in 2010 ... Named one of LSU’s two recipients of the Charles McClendon Most Valuable Players along with linebacker Devin White in 2017 ... Switched from No. 34 to No. 28 prior to the 2016 season ... Uses yoglates (part yoga, part pilates) as part of his weekly workout routine.
SENIOR SEASON (2017)
Played in 13 games, starting four times ... Developed into a dual threat out of the backfield for the Tigers, finishing third on team in receptions (23) and second in receiving yards (331) ... Caught at least one pass in 11 of LSU’s 13 games with a career-best four receptions for 105 yards in win over Ole Miss ... Started season-opener against BYU and responded with 92 yards and one TD ... Other starts came vs. Troy (69 rushing, 10 receiving), Ole Miss (103 rushing, 105 receiving) and Texas A&M (106 rushing, 56 receiving) ... Scored at least one rushing TD in seven games, including a season-high two in win over Chattanooga ... Averaged a staggering 5.7 yards per carry and 14.4 yards per reception ... Finished season second on team with 1,172 all-purpose yards for an average of 90.2 per game ... Ranked No. 13 in the SEC in both all-purpose yards per game and total rushing yards (820) ... Ranked 10th in the league in rushing TDs (9th).
JUNIOR SEASON (2016)
Played in 11 games with two starts ... Starts came against Jacksonville State (24 yards on 3 carries) and Southern Miss (10 yards on 6 carries) ... Finished season with 233 yards and three touchdowns ... Had best game of career against Missouri with 130 yards and three TDs on 21 carries – all career highs ... Capped year with 37 yards on 12 carries in win over Louisville in the Citrus Bowl ... In home-opener, added three catches for 27 yards to go with his 24 rushing yards ... Rushed for 14 yards on three carries vs. Florida and followed that with 13 yards on four attempts in win over Texas A&M.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2015)
Played in all 12 games with no starts ... Rushed 60 times for 296 yards and four touchdowns with a 4.9-yard average per carry ... Added four receptions for 31 yards and four kickoff returns for 49 yards ... Capped his sophomore campaign with a two-yard touchdown run to put the final punctuation on LSU’s 56-27 victory over Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl ... Scored a one-yard touchdown while lined up as a fullback against Western Kentucky ... Tied his career high with two rushing touchdowns versus South Carolina and added 61 yards on 10 carries ... Ran for a career-high 89 yards on 11 carries vs. Eastern Michigan ... Carried it 12 times for 45 yards with a long of 12 in the opener at Mississippi State ... Also spent time on special teams coverage units where he posted three tackles (two against Eastern Michigan and one at Syracuse).
FRESHMAN SEASON (2014)
Played in 12 straight games after he missed the season opener against No. 14 Wisconsin ... Rushed for 302 yards on 64 carries and scored three touchdowns ... Caught six passes for 65 yards, including a 25-yarder against Mississippi State ... Three of his six receptions went for at least 10 yards ... Added a 13-yard catch against Mississippi State and an 11-yard reception against New Mexico State ... Had double-figure carries against Sam Houston State (14 for 65 yards, 1 TD), New Mexico State (10 for 59 yards), and Kentucky (10 for 61 yards) ... His 65 yards rushing in his collegiate debut was the sixth-most by an LSU true freshman in his first game ... Followed that with 37 yards on seven carries and scored two more touchdowns, highlighted by a 22-yard scamper, against Louisiana-Monroe ... Returned his first career kickoff for 21 yards at Arkansas.
Rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, 247Sports and Scout.com ... Set a single-season school record at John Ehret by rushing for 2,201 yards and 32 touchdowns as a senior ... Also caught six passes for 309 yards and three scores during his senior season ... Ranked as the No. 11 running back nationally by Rivals and was a member of the Rivals 250 ... Started at quarterback in 2012 and ran for more than 1,000 yards and scored 27 touchdowns ... Led a John Ehret team that was winless in 2012 to a district championship in 2013 ... Member of the Baton Rouge Advocate Second Dozen ... Coached by Corey Lambert.
Parents are Karen and Darrel Williams Sr. ... Born April 15, 1995 ... Majoring in sport administration.
DARREL WILLIAMS’ CAREER RUSHING HIGHS
Attempts: 22 at Ole Miss, 2017
Yards: 130 vs. Missouri, 2016
Touchdowns: 3 vs. Missouri, 2016
Long: 77 vs. Texas A&M, 2017
DARREL WILLIAMS’ RECEIVING CAREER HIGHS
Receptions: 4 at Ole Miss, 2017
Yards: 103 at Ole Miss, 2017
Long: 63 at Ole Miss, 2017