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Marquise Williams | Quarterback

Team: North Carolina Tar Heels
Age / DOB:  (24) / 10/5/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 220

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Williams (6'2/218) made 33 starts for the Tar Heels, succeeding Bryn Renner under center and completing 61.3% of his career throws with a 7.82 YPA, 61:25 TD-to-INT ratio, and 35 rushing scores. He earned second-team All-ACC as a senior. A dual threat in college, Williams turned in a disappointing Pro Day, running 4.81 with a 32 1/2-inch vertical. Williams offers toughness and plus arm strength, but his ball location was consistently poor in the ACC and Williams isn't athletic enough for a position switch. Williams likely lacks an NFL future, but we could envision him lighting up the Arena League. May 3 - 8:01 PM

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UNC senior QB Marquise Williams completed 22-of-36 passes for 243 yards, three touchdowns and an interception while rushing for 81 yards and two touchdowns in Tuesday's 49-38 loss to Baylor in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior played well but found himself in an unwinnable score-for-score proposition because his defense no-showed. Williams broke through as a senior, throwing for over 3,000 yards and rushing for nearly 1,000. Now that his collegiate career is over, what's next? TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote last month that Williams "entered the season with free agent grades" but showed enough ability "to make plays with his arm and legs" that he'll "surely [be given] late round consideration." NFL.com's Bucky Brooks says that "the jury is still out on whether Williams has enough blue-chip traits to be a legitimate quarterback prospect at the next level." We'll find out soon enough.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 09:56:00 PM

UNC senior QB Marquise Williams completed 11-of-33 passes for 224 yards, three touchdowns and an interception while rushing for 81 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 45-37 loss to Clemson in the ACC Championship Game.

Williams posted a strong statistical evening for DFS players, but following his second touchdown pass of the contest--a three-yard scoring strike to Ryan Switzer with 3:52 remaining in the second quarter to give the Tar Heels a 16-14 lead--North Carolina wouldn't score again until near the end of the third quarter. That touchdown came via a one-yard run by Williams. In between those two scores, Clemson put up 21 points. Fast-forward to the fourth quarter, when the 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior hit Switzer again for a 14-yard score with 1:13 remaining. On the ensuing onside kick, UNC recovered at the 50-yard line with a chance to tie if they scored a touchdown-plus-two-point-conversion. Or they would have earned that chance, had they not been whistled for a phantom off-sides call on the kick. This one will surely sting for a while.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 12:41:00 AM

UNC senior QB Marquise Williams said that he was "excited to get back down to Charlotte and have some fun."

Williams was picked off three times by South Carolina in a season opening loss in Charlotte. He'll be heading back searching for regional redemption in the ACC title game against Clemson on Saturday. Wideout Ryan Switzer's been impressed with the 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior's growth over the course of the 2015 campaign, noting that "[Williams has] handled it very well. He’s matured a lot throughout the season because of the bumps that he had to overcome." Outside of the aforementioned loss to South Carolina and a two-interception day against Wake Forest, Williams hasn't thrown more than one pick in any singular game this season. Saturday's opponent is the best defense he'll face this season. Clemson's allowing under 130 yards rushing on average and just a smidge over 160 yards passing while yielding 18.83 points per game.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 10:47:00 PM

UNC senior QB Marquise Williams completed 19-of-30 passes for 174 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Saturday's 45-34 win over NC State.

Not much doing here for hopeful DFS players. Williams did add 53 rushing yards on 10 carries, but he ceded the big offensive numbers to RB Elijah Hood, who exploded for 220 rushing yards. With the touchdown pass, Williams has now accounted for 28 total touchdowns to help lead the Tar Heels to 10 consecutive wins after they dropped their opener to South Carolina. That loss feels like it happened eons ago. Up next, an ACC title bout with Clemson. Given the way both teams are playing, that one could be a glorious game.
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 08:10:00 PM

UNC senior QB Marquise Williams completed 13 of 26 attempts for 205 yards and a touchdown in the school's 30-27 win over Virginia Tech.

Williams coughed over a costly fumble, which led to the game ending in overtime. However, Virginia Tech had no answer for the Heels on the ground, where Williams added another 74 yards and a score. The zone read parted the Hokie defense.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 04:49:00 PM

UNC senior QB Marquise Williams continued his sparkling late-season run in Saturday's 59-21 demolition of Miami (FL) on Saturday, throwing for 105 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 101 yards and three touchdowns.

Williams completed 11-of-16 passes, but did the vast majority of his damage on the ground. He notched rushing touchdowns of 10 and 14 yards in the first half, then capped off his immaculate scoring day with a three-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. That one made the score 45-0. Ouch, Hurricanes, just ouch. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior's now accounted for 25 total touchdowns in 10 games. 15 of those touchdowns have come in North Carolina's last five contests. His versatility makes him a deadly DFS option.
Sat, Nov 14, 2015 07:09:00 PM

UNC senior QB Marquise Williams "entered the season with free agent grades but the ability to make plays with his arm and legs will surely give [him] late round consideration," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"The Tar Heels have not lost a game since dropping a four point contest during the first week of the season and Williams is the primary reason," Pauline wrote. "The senior signal caller has improved in all areas and manhandles opponents. Williams had a 'wow' game against Duke, throwing for 494-yards and 4 scores." Williams is completing 66 percent of his passes. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior threw for 494 yards and four touchdowns in North Carolina's 66-31 win over Duke on Saturday and was recognized as the ACC Offensive Back of the Week.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 10:52:00 PM

UNC senior QB Marquise Williams was recognized as the ACC Offensive Back of the Week.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior threw for 494 yards and four touchdowns, completing 65 percent of his passes, and rushing for 30 yards in North Carolina's 66-31 win over Duke. Williams set a Tar Heels' record with 524 total yards on the day, which was also the sixth-most in ACC single-game history.
Source: The ACC
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 03:53:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks believes UNC senior QB Marquise Williams' is a "dynamic dual-threat quarterback capable of attacking the defense with his arm or legs on the perimeter."

The North Carolina prospect threw for 494 yards and four touchdowns, completing 65 percent of his passes, while rushing for 30 yards in the Tar heels' 66-31 win over Duke. However, Brooks adds that "the jury is still out on whether Williams has enough blue-chip traits to be a legitimate quarterback prospect at the next level."
Source: NFL.com
Mon, Nov 9, 2015 03:01:00 PM

UNC senior QB Marquise Williams completed 23-of-35 passes for 494 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 30 yards and an additional score in Saturday's 66-31 win over Duke.

Williams previous season-high for passing yardage was 282 yards against Wake Forest on October 17, but he blew away that mark against Duke on Saturday. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior threw three of his four touchdown passes in the first half as UNC raced out to a 38-10 lead before hitting the locker room. Williams has now accounted for 21 total touchdowns. He's a DFS stud through and through.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 03:51:00 PM

UNC senior QB Marquise Williams completed 21-of-26 passes for 226 yards and an interception in Saturday's 26-13 win over Virginia.

Williams had just five incompletions on the afternoon, one of which ended as an interception. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior did manage to compile 71 rushing yards on 12 carries. For the season, he's thrown for 1,353 yards with a 9/7 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 476 yards and six touchdowns on 96 carries. He still needs refinement as a passer, but the rushing bonus that he provides in almost every game helps to make him an upper-level DFS option.
Sat, Oct 24, 2015 08:50:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks writes that there's "few dual-threat quarterbacks are more effective with the ball in their hands" than UNC senior QB Marquise Williams.

Williams had 319 yards of total offense (148 yards and two touchdowns rushing, 37 yards and a touchdown receiving, 134 yards passing) in Saturday's upset of Georgia Tech. It's important to note that the week before he was so bad in the first half against Delaware that he was benched. "Although Williams' game lacks polish and refinement, it is hard for scouts to bypass playmakers with a penchant for scoring touchdowns and delivering big plays," Brooks wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Tue, Oct 6, 2015 03:47:00 PM

UNC senior QB Marquise Williams went 13-for-24 for 134 yards and ran for 148 yards and a pair of scores in Saturday's 38-31 victory over Georgia Tech.

What a difference a week makes. Williams was justifiably benched last Saturday against Delaware after a sluggish first half. One week later, he looked as good as he ever has, shredding a Georgia Tech defense that should be better against mobile quarterbacks after dealing with Justin Thomas in practice. When Williams is at his best, he's good DFS option. The problem is he's so streaky it's hard to know when he'll star or turn in a dud.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 07:13:00 PM

UNC head coach Larry Fedora says senior Marquise Williams will continue to start at QB.

"He’s our leader and he’s our starting quarterback. That hasn’t changed," fedora said. Williams was benched against Delaware, and his replacement Mitch Trubisky played extremely well in his absence. Williams threw the season opener away and has not played at a high level all season. UNC faces Georgia Tech next.
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 11:34:00 AM