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A personable, tall, sure-handed and assignment-conscious receiver who offers the Pirates plenty of flexibility as either a stand-up inside pass catcher or tight end ... Maturity and rapid acclimation to ECU's offensive scheme could offer status as a postseason honors candidate on the conference level ... Will open junior year officially listed as Justin Hardy's top backup at the "Y" position, but that doesn't accurately reflect role as the program's top tight end in the unit's "big" package ... Joined the ECU program as a walk-on transfer prior to preseason camp in 2012 after opening his collegiate career at Conference USA-member Marshall ... Enjoyed another strong spring, opening action with a three-yard grab in the first scrimmage before hauling in three balls for 21 yards and a touchdown (six-yarder from Shane Carden) in the second game a week later on April 5 ... Finished workout period with three receptions for 10 yards and another score (one-yarder from Carden) during the Purple-Gold Game on April 12 ... Established a new position (TE) record with a power clean lift of 330 pounds during the spring strength and conditioning testing phase ... Other numbers were also notable with a 335-pound bench press, a 525-pound back squat, a 260-pound push jerk, a 30.5" vertical jump and a 4.24 time in the pro shuttle.
2013: Earned All-Conference USA selection (honorable mention) after appearing in all 13 games with one start (vs. Ohio in the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl) ... Made 20 catches for 220 yards (11.0 ypc) and five touchdowns ... Made collegiate debut in the season opener against Old Dominion, grabbing a pair of balls for 16 yards ... Five TD receptions (Virginia Tech, Southern Miss, Tulsa, UAB and NC State) matched Isaiah Jones' total for second on the unit ... Recorded multiple catches seven times, with a career-best four against Southern Miss ... Also had a career-best 37 yards receiving yards against the Golden Eagles ... Sixteen of 20 receptions resulted in an ECU first down or touchdown ... Recorded nine catches for 10 or more yards with a career-long 31-yarder at Tulane ... Added a 22-yard (TD) grab against the Hokies, a 27-yarder vs. the Bobcats at Tropicana Field and a 24-yarder against Tulsa ... Other notable effort was a three-reception, 36-yard, one-touchdown afternoon against the Wolfpack at Carter-Finley Stadium ... Honored during the program's annual postseason awards banquet as the Pirates' most improved skill player-of-the-year.
2012: Earned roster position before the start of fall camp, but did not experience game-day action.
2011: Was red-shirted as a true freshman at Marshall after joining the Thundering Herd program as an invited walk-on.
High School: A three-year letterman for coach Mark Holcomb at North Davidson High School ... Earned all-conference, NDHS Offensive MVP and Winston-Salem Journal All-Northwest (honorable mention) honors as a senior and junior ... Completed prep career as the second-leading all-time receiver (catch total) in school history ... Recorded 41 receptions for 848 yards and seven TDs in 2010 ... Also picked up 111 yards and one score on five rushes and netted an interception on defense ... Was the recipient of North Davidson's "Outstanding Male Senior Athlete Award" ... Had 39 catches for 664 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior in 2009 ... Also picked up four letters in track and two more in basketball ... Was a standout hurdler, earning all-conference accolades as a freshman (300 meters) and senior (110) ... Captured conference title and advanced to state (ninth-place finish) in the 110-meter event and established a school standard in the 300s ... A two-year all-conference and all-county performer on the hardwood ... A strong student in the classroom, was cited as the Davidson County Student-Athlete-of-the-Month for Academic and Athletic Achievement during the spring of 2011.
Personal: Full name is Bryce Winston Williams ... Born February 24, 1993 at Lexington, N.C ... Son of Stephen and Sherilyn Williams ... Major is criminal justice ... An ECU Honor Roll performer in the classroom (2014 spring semester) ... Twin brother Shawn is also a member of the Pirate program (PK) ... Parents and older brother Cary all attended and graduated from ECU ... Cousin Brooks Williams was a three-year (1975-77) letterman as a tight end at North Carolina who also enjoyed an NFL career with the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears and New England Patriots ... Hobbies include hunting and fishing.