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Marquise Williams | Quarterback

Team: North Carolina Tar Heels
Age / DOB:  (22) / 10/5/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 220

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Per NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, UNC senior QB Marquise Williams "could grow into a solid NFL quarterback in time, or get a look as an athlete if he shows the aptitude."
"Williams is known for his running ability; after all, he led the Tar Heels in rushing the past two years," Reuter wrote. "...[Williams] worked with quarterback coach George Whitfield and attended the Manning Passing Academy to work on his craft." The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Williams completed 63 percent of his passes, threw for more than 3,000 yards and rushed for another 788 with 13 touchdowns last season. Aug 10 - 9:47 PM

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UNC senior QB Marquise Williams "has a chance to make a big name for himself in his final year, even if recent history has made it dangerous to get too excited about the Tar Heels as a whole," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"Williams has been a bit underrated during his career," Brown wrote. "Like the rest of the Tar Heels, he's inconsistent, but he could turn into a star if UNC ever realizes its potential." The expert ranks Williams as the No. 15 signal-caller in the land. "A 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior, Williams is one of the better running quarterbacks in college football, and his rushing numbers would be even better if he didn't take so many sacks," Brown wrote. Williams leads an offense which is returning 10 starters. He broke 18 UNC records in 2014 and his 4,893 career passing yards ranks fifth all-time at the school, 94 shy of Ronald Curry (1998-2001) in fourth place.
Jul 7 - 6:09 PM

UNC junior QB Marquise Williams left Saturday's loss to NC State with a leg injury early in the second half.

Prior to leaving, Williams was 11-for-22 passing for 97 yards and ran for 11 yards while taking three sacks. He was injured on the final sack, as NC State's T.Y. McGill slammed Williams down early in the third quarter. Williams was carted off the field for evaluation, and a UNC spokesman said X-rays revealed no fracture of Williams' right ankle.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 07:15:00 PM

UNC junior QB Marquise Williams "is playing the position better than anyone in the ACC, including the reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston,"'s Bucky Brooks believes.

Williams' huge second half -- he has accounted for 18 touchdowns (nine passing and nine rushing) in UNC's last five games -- have made him a hot name in the scouting community, which previously ignored him. "Williams has given the Tar Heels' offense a spark with his explosive skills as a dual-threat playmaker and helped the team become bowl eligible for the third straight season," Brooks wrote. "Although Williams' game isn't ideally suited for the NFL, the fact that he has accounted for 32 total scores in 2014 will certainly raise eyebrows in the scouting community."
Tue, Nov 25, 2014 01:16:00 AM

UNC junior QB Marquise Williams is a prospect to keep an eye on next year, according to Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.

Williams completed 18-of-27 attempts for 276 yards and two touchdowns on Thursday in the win over Duke. He has improved his completion percentage by more than five percent this season, up to 63.4, but is taking too many sacks. Williams is also a running threat.
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 11:15:00 AM

North Carolina junior QB Marquise Williams completed 18-of-27 attempts for 276 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's 45-20 upset win over Duke.

It wasn't even as close as the blowout score suggests. The Tar Heels controlled the game from the jump and led 38-7 midway through the third quarter. The defense was stellar, and so was Williams, who added 98 yards and a pair of scores on the ground. Williams isn't being discussed as an NFL prospect yet, but he's improving week by week. If that continues through the end of next season, he could be playing on Sundays in 2016.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 11:52:00 PM

North Carolina junior QB Marquise Williams said that he's "not looking to prove people wrong."

The junior said that instead of trying to quiet critics, he's "just doing what [he] need[s] to to win football games," adding that "the numbers speak for themselves." The numbers he is referring to have him near the top of the ACC in multiple categories. Since October 1, Williams leads the conference in Total QBR. Only FSU's Jameis Winston has more passing yards than Williams' 1,606. Williams was splitting time with Mitch Trubisky at the start of the season, but has settled into a groove since taking over full-time. Now that he's entrenched as the sole starter, Williams' only goal is "to finish the season strong because people are going to remember us for what we did in November. That’s all we care about right now."
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 08:10:00 PM

North Carolina junior QB Marquise Williams completed 15-of-28 attempts for 259 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 28-27 upset win over Virginia.

He added 49 ground yards and a rushing score. To put it simply: Williams has saved UNC's bacon over the last year. When Bryn Renner was ruled out last season, Williams helped guide the team to a 6-1 finish and a Belk Bowl win against Cincinnati. Coming into this game, Williams had been named ACC Offensive Player of the Week in consecutive weeks after setting a school record with 898 total offensive yards in the Heels’ past two games.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 04:52:00 PM

North Carolina sophomore QB Marquise Williams completed 19 of 33 attempts for 171 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions in Saturday's Belk Bowl win against Cincinnati.

North Carolina's season was thought to be over when Bryn Renner was ruled out, but Williams helped guide the team to a 6-1 finish. He completed passes to seven different receivers in Saturday's game, though future NFL tight end hauled in a team-high seven receptions. Williams is expected to retain the starting quarterback gig for an up-and-coming program in 2014, one that is escaping the shadows of NCAA sanctions. "We are going in the right direction," coach Larry Fedora said. "There is a tremendous positive buzz about the Tar Heels in the state of North Carolina."
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 01:47:00 PM

Redshirt freshman QB Marquise Williams has re-enrolled at UNC.

Williams had reportedly left the school after signing day, a surprising move at the time. However, it has now apparent that Williams did not qualify academically for the spring semester, but those off-field issues appear to have been cleared. Mitch Trubisky exited spring as the No. 2 quarterback on the roster as a true freshman, but Williams held that spot last year.
Sun, May 19, 2013 04:21:00 PM

UNC backup redshirt freshman QB Marquise Williams is no longer enrolled at the school.

Behind junior Bryn Renner, Williams compiled 186 rushing yards and 127 yards through the air for four total scores while seeing action in nine games. Many thought he may have a chance to take over after Renner's exit following the 2013 season, especially in Larry Fedora's fast paced spread offense.
Mon, Feb 4, 2013 01:50:00 PM

Quarterback Marquise Williams is finding new coach Larry Fedora’s spread offense much to his liking.

Bryn Renner threw for 3,086 yards and 26 touchdowns while ranking 10th nationally in pass efficiency. That was last season and Fedora has let it be known that competition is open at every position. Williams, working mostly with the second team, has impressed with his handling of the spread offense this spring. While Renner had much success last season as a sophomore, new coaches and new schemes often result in starting over. That could ultimately improve advantageous for Williams, who was a redshirt freshman in 2011.
Wed, Apr 4, 2012 04:10:00 PM