|81 Jimmy Williams|
Sharp Passing Effort, Rush Defense Dominates Second Scrimmage
ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill Welcomes Back 14 Returning Starters, 50 Lettermen
An athletic, agile and inspirational pass catcher who earned a roster position as an invited walk-on prior to the start of preseason camp in 2013 and has continued rise up offensive two-deep despite battling nagging injuries throughout career … Promoted to scholarship status during the 2014 campaign … Athleticism and quick understanding of ECU’s offensive scheme resulted in immediate playing time as a true freshman before a left foot injury ended year prematurely … Appeared to have fully rebounded from medical setback with nine appearances in 2014 before a left ankle injury limited play in 2015 … Resiliency and work ethic during rehabilitation process has enabled second comeback … Projected to open senior year competing with Davon Grayson for a starting job at the “Z” (outside) receiving position … Versatility could allow action on the inside slots as well … Has played in 18 career games with seven starts … Has caught 42 passes for 457 yards (10.9 ypr) and three touchdowns … Produced 12 multiple-catch contests and made at least one reception in 16 outings … Did not record a catch in either spring scrimmage despite solid showings during weekday workouts under new coaching staff … Earned an “excellent” rating in coach Jeff Connors’ power quotient and reached “Super Pirate” status for second consecutive spring testing period… Stood among top 10 percent of receiving unit with a 525-pound back squat and a 6.82 clip in the three-cone drill … Also produced lifts of 330 in the bench press, 300 in the power clean and 262 in the push jerk … Owns a 39.5” vertical jump, a 10’2” broad jump, a 40-yard dash time of 4.44 and a pro-shuttle mark of time of 4.21.
2015: Was ECU’s top “Z” receiver to open junior campaign, starting first five contests before suffering a left ankle injury at SMU … In all, experienced action in seven games with six starts … Returned from injury in early November, coming off the bench against USF and starting road finale at UCF … Recorded 15 receptions for 137 yards (9.1 ypr) and two touchdowns … Tallied both scoring grabs on the road against Navy (two-yarder) and SMU (16) … Caught at least one pass in five outings and produced multiple receptions on three occasions … In fact, enjoyed torrid start to the season with a combined 13 catches in first three contests … Caught four balls for 26 yards in opener vs. Towson, added two more at Florida (21 yards) before booking a career-high seven receptions (for a season-high 55 yards) against Midshipmen in Annapolis … Had single grabs vs. SMU (16) and UCF (19) … Nineteen-yarders vs. Navy and Knights were season longs … Credited with one tackle (on interception return against Virginia Tech) … Did not play vs. BYU, Tulsa, Temple, Connecticut and Cincinnati … Selected as the offensive recipient of the Rock Roggeman Heart-of-the-Pirate Award (most inspirational player) at the conclusion of the season.
2014: Played in nine games, making one start (North Carolina) ... Netted 22 catches for 254 yards (11.5 ypc) ... Scored first career touchdown at Tulsa with a 16-yard grab in the first quarter ... Recorded multiple receptions in seven of nine contests with a season-high four at Virginia Tech (personal-best 77 yards) and against North Carolina (37 yards) ... Also had a season-long 35-yard grab against Hokies … Caught three passes in season opener against N.C. Central (43 yards) ... Twelve of 22 receptions went for 10 or more yards (two for 20-plus) ... Other effort of note was a three-catch, 24-yard performance vs. Florida in the Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field … Carried the ball twice (Tulane, UCF) on reverses for five total yards ... First carry of the season went for 12 yards against Green Wave ... Did not play against SMU, USF, Connecticut and Cincinnati … Missed contests against Mustangs, Bulls and Huskies because of a left ankle injury.
2013: Had redshirt officially removed during the off week after the Virginia Tech game and was inserted into the Pirates’ two-deep prior to the North Carolina contest … Ended up playing in just two games – North Carolina and Middle Tennessee – before suffering a season-ending left foot injury against the Blue Raiders on Oct. 5 … In all, caught five passes for 66 yards during brief stint on travel roster … Had two receptions for 28 yards against the Tar Heels before following with a three-catch, 38-yard performance vs. MTSU … Had a long grab of 21 yards in Murfreesboro as well … Also had one rushing attempt for 10 yards at Kenan Stadium vs. North Carolina.
High School: Earned three letters for coach Sport Sawyer at nearby Washington High School … Also served as a senior team captain for the Pam Pack … Rushed for 1,329 yards and threw for 974 more in 2012 … Accounted for 29 total touchdowns as a senior … Picked up 1,003 ground yards and passed for 574 during junior campaign … Also lettered in basketball.
Personal: Full name is James Oties Williams III … Born February 24, 1995 at Washington, N.C. … Son of Nadine Daniels … A recreation and park management major.