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Mike Williams | Wide Receiver

Team: Clemson Tigers
Age / DOB:  (21) / 10/4/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 205

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Clemson receivers coach Jeff Scott believes senior WR Mike Williams can be every bit as good as DeAndre Hopkins, Martavis Bryant and Sammy Watkins.
"I think he has potential to be as good as any guy that we've had here. He definitely has potential to be in that conversation," Scott said. "He's made some plays in practice that remind us of some of those guys whenever they were here. There's no doubt we see him in that same light." The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder was lost for the season with a neck injury in last season's opener. In 2014, he caught 57 passes for 1,030 yards and six touchdowns. Stud Clemson CB Cordrea Tankersley had this assessment about covering Williams in practice: "(It's) the hardest thing ever. You can have the best technique down, get the best jam on him, and he'll still make that catch. None of it matters." Aug 16 - 6:14 PM

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Clemson senior WR Mike Williams had Pro Football Focus' No. 12 grade among wide receivers in 2014.

Of Williams' 18.1 yards per reception in 2014, 7.6 came after the catch. He piled up 11 forced missed tackles on 57 receptions. "A healthy Williams steps right back in as the top playmaker for Clemson," Steve Palazzolo wrote. PFF lists Williams as the No. 58 player in college football.
Jul 15 - 5:56 PM

Clemson WR Mike Williams could play today if it was football season, head coach Dabo Swinney said.

Williams suffered a neck injury in the season opener last year and underwent an operation that sidelined him for the entire season. On the field, Williams is an outstanding prospect and would have been one of the top receivers in the 2016 class. It truly is amazing how far Clemson made it last year without their top receiver. We are excited to see Williams step foot on the field in 2016.
Apr 20 - 10:57 AM

Clemson senior CB Cordrea Tankersly indicated that he views senior WR Mike Williams as a larger version of Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.

"[Williams] has the size, the speed. Some of these receivers you see in the NFL," Tankersly said, "like Odell Beckham, he's not half the size of Mike Williams, and he's making all these plays. Mike, he's just that caliber, that NFL prototype." Last season, the 6-foot-5, 205-pounder fractured a bone his neck after running into the goalpost while catching a touchdown in the team's season-opening win against Wofford. He has been cleared for football drills and activity this spring, though, much to the team's relief. "You hurt your neck, you probably wouldn't be able to walk again, so I was pretty scared when it first happened. But after talking to the doctors, I gained more confidence in the plan. I always knew I was going to play again," Williams said. He should immediately step in as the team's No. 1 wideout in 2016 if his health holds steady.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 29 - 5:45 PM

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney announced that junior WR Mike Williams (neck) has been cleared for all football activities and will begin football drills.

"He is going to do everything," Swinney said. "We are just not going to tackle him to the ground. He is going to do all the 1 on 1’s, all the skelly, all the team pass. He is going to do everything we do. We are just not going to tackle him so we when we go scrimmage he will not scrimmage." Williams suffered a small fracture in his neck in the 2015 season-opener against Wofford. He missed the rest of the campaign. "If we were playing this spring he could play, but really we just want to kind of get his confidence back where it needs to be and when we get back in camp he will be full go," Swinney said. Clemson’s spring game will take place on April 9.
Mar 1 - 3:48 PM

On Friday, Clemson junior WR Mike Williams (neck) said that he would return for the 2016 season.

No huge surprise here, as HC Dabo Swinney indicated in early December that Williams would be back with the team next year. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound junior suffered a neck fracture after running into the goalpost while hauling in a touchdown during the team's season-opener against Wofford. He's already ruled out for the CFB Playoff. As to how much he'll participate in spring practice, Williams indicated that he'll likely be able to take part in non-contact drills.
Source: Fox Sports
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 08:28:00 PM

Clemson HC Dabo Swinney said junior WR Mike Williams (neck) won't play in the College Football Playoff but will be back for the 2016 season.

"I don't think he'll play, but I know he'd like to play," Swinney said. "But as far as coming back next year, he'll be back with us, and I think that's a great decision by him." Williams suffered a small fracture in his neck in the season opener when he collided with a goalpost while catching a touchdown. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Williams posted 57 receptions for a team-high 1,030 yards and six scores in 2014. In the preseason, Rotoworld draft guru Josh Norris ranked Williams as the ACC's best wideout.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 03:25:00 PM

When asked about junior WR Mike Williams' status for the remainder of the season, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney told reporters to ask the team doctors... who are off limits to reporters.

Williams suffered a small fracture in his neck in the season opener and has been out since. All reports state he would likely missed the remainder of the season, including the postseason, but Swinney has not said those exact words. This exchange encapsulates how poorly informed the public is about college injuries, which is by the coaches' choice.
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 11:37:00 AM

Clemson junior WR Mike Williams is likely out for the year while recovering from a small fracture in his neck which occurred in week one.

This isn't a surprise but it is an update on the extremely talented receiver. Williams is expected to recover and play football, but no one knows if his next down will be in the NFL or at Clemson in 2016. Williams has great vertical speed and produces highlight reel catches. We are not doctors, but Williams will be examined by medical staffs at the Combine and news always finds its way to the media. This is for certain: we love what we have seen on the field.
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 12:15:00 PM

Clemson junior WR Mike Williams suffered a small fracture in his neck during the school's game against Wofford and it is unclear when he will return to the field.

An MRI revealed the results. Head coach Dabo Swinney said Williams will play football again, but "when" is unknown. Williams can already walk and Clemson will wait six weeks until deciding anything about the receiver's future. The injury was caused when Williams collided with the goal post at the end of a touchdown grab. We obviously hate injuries, and the first weekend of college football was loaded with them. Williams is arguably the conference's top receiver.
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 06:14:00 PM

Clemson HC Dabo Swinney announced junior WR Mike Williams has a neck sprain and is in a neck brace but his movement is good.

Who knows what this means for Williams' playing status in the coming weeks, but the outcome seems positive. As we have written, Williams was injured at the end of a touchdown grab when hitting the base of the goal post. Clemson has plenty of fire power on offense, but Williams might be the best receiver in the conference.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 05:08:00 PM

Updating a previous item, it was a neck injury that led to Clemson WR Mike Williams being carted off the field.

Williams was on the ground for about 10 minutes after his touchdown catch ended in a collision with the base of the goal post. Williams was able to move his extremities and gave a thumbs up to the crowd while exiting the field on a cart.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 01:38:00 PM

Clemson junior WR Mike Williams was carted off the field in the first quarter against Wofford after landing awkwardly when hitting the goal post on an attempted catch.

Williams crashed into the stand of the goal post while coming down with a touchdown grab. He stayed down immediately after, and coach Dabo Swinney joined the training staff when Williams was boarded and carted off. The junior is still on the ground as we write this. He is the school's top receiver and arguably the best player at his position in the ACC.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 12:44:00 PM

Clemson junior WR Mike Williams is not listed on Clemson's injury report.

Williams injured his hamstring on August 11 or 12. These injuries tend to linger or flare up again during the season, but hopefully that isn't the case here. Williams is one of the best receivers in the country and has tremendous big play ability.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 09:29:00 AM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein recently spoke with one NFL "personnel man" who questioned Clemson junior WR Mike Williams' downfield speed.

As Zierlein writes, Williams caught 26 percent of his passes 25-plus yards downfield last season despite those concerns. Williams really shines on the outside with slants, vertical routes and then working comebacks off of that downfield pressure. We would question Williams' after catch ability before questioning his vertical speed, if the goal was to find flaws in Williams' game.
Source: NFL.com
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 01:47:00 PM