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Jonathan Williams | Running Back

Team: Arkansas Razorbacks
Age / DOB:  (21) / 2/2/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 223

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Recent News Draft analyst Chad Reuter believes that with a productive 2015, Arkansas senior RB Jonathan Williams, "should earn" a spot in Round 2 of the 2016 draft.
"The next coveted SEC back presses the hole nicely, can skip past a defender in said hole, and escape to the end zone if breaking through the first line of defense. The thickly-built Williams (6-0, 223) will need a killer workout to get into the first round -- but a productive 2015 should earn him a spot in Round 2 either way," Reuter wrote. The Arkansas prospect Williams rushed for 1,190 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014, while averaging 91.5 yards per game. The 6-foot, 223-pounder was named to the AP All-SEC second team and was also an Earl Campbell Award semifinalist. May 7 - 2:50 PM

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Arkansas senior RB Jonathan Williams "enters the 2015 season as one of the top senior running backs on the NFL radar," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He runs light for his build with the body strength to run through arm tackles, lowering his pads and driving his legs to pick up tough yards between the tackles," Brugler wrote. "Williams had a bad habit of running upright, but he has shifty feet and clean lateral burst to juke and quickly regain his momentum." The 6-foot, 223-pound Williams rushed for 1,085 yards and 11 touchdowns last season on 188 carries and averaged 91.5 yards per game and 5.6 yards per rush.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 16 - 1:55 PM

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema noted that junior RB Jonathan Williams has decided to return for his senior season.

The Arkansas prospect had recently filed for feedback from the Draft Advisory Board and was believed to make the jump to the next level, if he had received a good grade. Williams rushed for 1,085 yards and 11 touchdowns this season on 188 carries, good for 5.8 yards per carry. The 6-foot, 223-pounder helped Arkansas rebound from a 3-9 record last season, to helping the Razorbacks reach their first bowl game in three years.
Thu, Dec 25, 2014 05:00:00 AM

Arkansas filed for feedback from the Draft Advisory Board on behalf of junior RB Jonathan Williams.

Williams has rushed for 1,085 yards and 11 touchdowns this season on 188 carries, good for 5.8 yards per carry. "If he gets a good draft grade that says he should go out, I'll help him make that decision," Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said. "If it tells him to come back, we'll explain the situation and hopefully he'll make great choices." Williams won't be graded as a Round 1 or 2 pick, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll return to school.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 10:03:00 PM

Arkansas junior RB Jonathan Williams rushed for 145 yards and four touchdowns on 22 carries in Saturday's 49-28 blowout win over Texas Tech.

Technically, this was an upset, but nobody told the Razorbacks, whose well-oiled ground attack was an awful matchup for Texas Tech's Swiss cheese run defense. Despite Williams' outstanding afternoon, he didn't even come close to leading the Razorbacks in rushing. That honor went to sophomore RB Alex Collins, the SEC Freshman of the Year in 2013, who had 212 yards and two touchdowns. Williams, who rushed for 900 yards and four touchdowns in a complimentary role last year, "shows good leg drive to generate yards after contact," CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote last month.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 09:21:00 PM

Arkansas junior RB Jonathan Williams "shows good leg drive to generate yards after contact," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Bielema maintained Barry Alvarez's tradition of churning out NFL running backs at Wisconsin and in Williams and [sophomore] Alex Collins, the talent is already in place at Arkansas to do the same," Rang wrote. Williams, in fact, took a backseat to SEC Freshman of the Year Collins last year. He rushed for 900 yards and four touchdowns in a complimentary role. "Williams doesn't possess his teammates' acceleration but he's a well-built back who attacks the line of scrimmage and shows good leg drive to generate yards after contact," Rang wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Aug 11, 2014 10:00:00 PM

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema revealed sophomore RB Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins will be held out of the first quarter against Mississippi State.

The two apparently were late for a team meeting this week. Williams and Collins are the team's top two runners, so Bielema obviously is not taking the tardiness lightly.
Sat, Nov 23, 2013 12:57:00 PM

Arkansas AD Jeff Long will serve as the first chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee.

The selection committee has drawn headlines for some of the included members, but we expect they will earn praise and condemnation regardless. The duties of this role should become clearer next season.
Mon, Oct 14, 2013 09:59:00 AM

Arkansas sophomore RB Jonathan Williams rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries against Louisiana-Lafayette.

Williams didn't offer anything in the receiving game, but this game only adds to the likelihood he is the bell cow runner in Bret Bielema's offense. Freshman runner Alex Collins added 131 yards on 21 carries. Williams worked behind Dennis Johnson and Knile Davis last year, but he could be in for a big season.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 11:34:00 AM

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema announced sophomore Jonathan Williams will be the Razorbacks starter at RB.

Some suggested Alex Collins would get the nod, but Williams will carry the load for Bielema's power running offense. Obviously the former Wisconsin head coach has had great success building a running game in recent years, and Williams could emerge after playing sparingly last season behind three upperclassmen. The Razorbacks open against Louisiana-Lafayette.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 12:32:00 PM

Arkansas freshman RB Jonathan Williams caught three passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's win over Kentucky.

This could go down as Williams' breakout performance, and he wasn't even asked to carry the ball. William's first long reception of 74 yards came from a wheel route out of the backfield combined with excellent run after catch ability. Then, as an H-back in motion, Williams was targeted on another wheel route to spring for a 77 yard touchdown. The three catches were his only three of the season, but Williams has carried the ball 20 times for 95 yards in five other games.
Mon, Oct 15, 2012 09:02:00 AM