|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 and elusive 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 … While coaches would have preferred added physical development during a traditional redshirt season, skills and quick understanding of ECU’s offensive scheme resulted in immediate playing time as a true freshman before a left foot injury ended campaign prematurely … Appeared to have fully rebounded from medical setback with nine appearances in 2014 and will open junior year competing with Davon Grayson for a starting job at the “Z” outside receiving position … Could also experience action on the inside slots as well … Has played in 11 career games with one start … Has caught 27 passes for 320 yards (11.9 ypr) and one touchdown … Produced nine multiple-catch contests and made at least one reception in every game played … Opened spring action with two receptions for 49 yards in the first spring scrimmage (March 28) … Had one catch for three yards in the second contest (April 11) before grabbing one ball for five yards during the Purple-Gold Game on April 18 … Was able to offer full participation in off-season strength and conditioning program after being limited in 2014 because of the aforementioned injury … Earned “excellent” rating in coach Jeff Connors power quotient … Gained 11 pounds of physical growth during the winter and spring, producing lifts of 330 pounds (bench press), 510 (back squat) and 286 (power clean) … Also offers a 39.5” vertical jump, a 10’2” broad jump and a pro-shuttle time of 4.27.
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 business management major.