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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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Arkansas senior RB Jonathan Williams said that he will "most likely" leave school for the 2016 NFL Draft.
Williams is expected to miss the 2015 collegiate season with a left foot injury. He could still theoretically take a redshirt and return to the Razorbacks next season, but this does not seem a probable path for the 6-foot, 223-pound senior. Williams opted not to split for the draft last season, when he was projected as a possible third-round pick. It's unlikely that he suits up at any point over the next four months, but the senior tried to put on an optimistic face, saying "I'm still definitely 100 percent [part of Arkansas' team], so later in the season if I'm fully cleared and I feel good about being able to play and being healthy, I'll definitely try to play." Aug 27 - 5:42 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema confirmed senior RB Jonathan Williams will miss the entire regular season.

It was reported yesterday Williams would miss an extended period of time after undergoing left foot surgery, but now "extended" means the entire regular season. Williams, who is likely headed for his final season with Arkansas, might return for the school's bowl game. He led the SEC in broken tackles last season with 65.
Aug 17 - 12:50 PM

Arkansas senior RB Jonathan Williams will miss a significant period of time due to a left foot injury, which will require surgery.

Many considered Williams and Alex Collins the best running back tandem in the country, but now it will be the Collins show. We know Bret Bielema loves to punish opponents with oversized offensive linemen, and the duo was on track to prosper from it. Williams broke 65 tackles last season, which led the SEC.
Aug 16 - 4:00 PM

Arkansas senior RB Jonathan Williams runs "light for his build," notes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Williams clocks in at 6-foot, 223 pounds. CBS Sports analyst Brugler wrote that this size gives him the strength to run through defenders, part of why the big man broke 65 tackles and averaged 5.6 yards a carry last season. While Brugler noted that the senior had a tendency to run too upright in 2014, he went on to say that he liked Williams' fluid feet and lateral burst.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 13 - 7:50 PM

Arkansas senior RB Jonathan Williams broke 65 tackles in 2015, which led the SEC.

Cameron Artis-Payne, who is now with the Carolina Panthers, was second with 64. Williams' accomplishment is even more notable when looking at carry totals, as the Arkansas back rushed the ball 211 times, while CAP received 302 carries. Williams and Alex Collins team to form one of the better tandems in the country.
Jul 15 - 10:48 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Arkansas senior RB Jonathan Williams as the best senior running back prospect in the country.

"Williams has quick feet and can create space laterally without losing much steam," Kiper wrote. "The fact that he gets to split the carries is a good thing for his NFL prospects." Williams shares running duties with Alex Collins, another prime NFL prospect. The 6-foot, 223-pounder rushed for 1,190 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014 to earn inclusion on the AP All-SEC second team.
Jul 8 - 2:47 PM

Arkansas senior RB Jonathan Williams's calling card are "loose hips and quick feet," according to NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein.

Williams, who shares carries with Alex Collins in one of the nation's most devastating backfields, "is surprisingly agile and nimble for a back his size," according to the analyst. The 6-foot, 223-pound Williams rushed for 1,190 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014. "With four starters returning up front for the Hogs, Williams is in a great spot to shine in the SEC West," Zierlein wrote. "Thanks to his outstanding lateral movement and instincts as a runner, defenses rarely get a clean shot on Williams. He must improve upon his five fumbles in 2014."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 25 - 7:46 PM

NFL.com 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.
Source: NFL.com
May 7 - 2:50 PM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
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