|2 Jonathan Williams|
An exceptionally gifted and physical athlete who appears to be thriving under the leadership of new head coach Ruffin McNeill ... Perhaps turned in the strongest spring performance of his career to earn a decisive preseason nod as the Pirates' starter at the running back position ... Renewed optimism and bright outlook for a high-impact senior campaign will follow distractive sophomore and junior seasons which limited production and significant playing time ... McNeill's guidance and continued on-and-off-the-field progress will spark honors candidacy run at the conference level ... Talent level and continued impressive gains in the strength program could fuel play at the next level if focus is maintained ... Also considered a noted pass catcher out of the backfield ... Displayed flashes of speed, elusiveness and physical dominance during first three seasons despite interruptions ... Picked up 31 yards on eight rushes and caught three passes for 40 yards during the first spring scrimmage April 3 ... Followed with a limited role in second battle, rushing just twice (five yards) and netting a pair of receptions (11) ... Closed out drills with a team-high 45 ground yards (five carries) and six catches for 11 yards during the Purple-Gold Game (April 17) ... Joined the Pirates from an exceptionally successful prep program at local J.H. Rose High School.
2009: Playing time was limited to a career low as a junior because of a right knee injury suffered after the SMU contest (Oct. 10) ... Played in the first six games (Appalachian State, West Virginia, North Carolina, UCF, Marshall and SMU) before being sidelined for the remainder of the season ... Ran for 38 yards on 14 carries and caught three passes for seven yards ... Rushed eight times for 31 yards in the first two contests against ASU (4-15) and WVU (4-16) ... Picked up seven yards on the ground against Tar Heels to close out rushing totals for the campaign ... Also had a season-high two receptions (three yards) against UNC ... Other grab came in Morgantown against Mountaineers (four yards) ... Averaged 24.0 yards per kickoff return, netting 96 yards on four attempts ... Had multiple returns at North Carolina (2-45) and single bring-backs at West Virginia (30 yards) and Marshall (21 yards).
2008: Played in the first seven games before an indefinite suspension (announced Oct. 21) sidelined him for the remaining seven contests ... Made only start of career vs. Virginia ... Despite missing half of the schedule, still finished as the unit's third-leading rusher with 380 yards on 75 carries - averaging a team-best 5.1 yards per attempt ... Scored five rushing touchdowns (two vs. West Virginia; one each vs. Virginia Tech, Virginia and Memphis) ... Score vs. Tigers was a personal-long run of 68 yards ... Also turned in only career 100-yard rushing game vs. Memphis (15-108) ... Set a new career-best with 19 carries against Cavaliers that netted 95 yards ... Other notable performances came against West Virginia (17-69), Virginia Tech (10-48) and N.C. State (6-43) ... Scored the Pirates' first TD of the year with a one-yard plunge vs. No. 17 Hokies at Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium ... Opened and closed the scoring during ECU's 24-3 win over No. 8 Mountaineers with a five-yard run in first quarter and a one-yard scamper in the third period ... Caught five passes out of the backfield for 19 yards ... Top receiving days came against West Virginia (two catches) and Tulane (10 yards) ... Also served as program's kickoff return specialist on occasion ... Racked up a career-best 95 return yards in four attempts vs. N.C. State, which aided a team-best 137 all-purpose yards ... Added returns against Tulane (2-20) and Memphis (1-15).
2007: Earned selection to the 2007 Conference USA All-Freshman Team by media members ... Played in 10 games as a reserve back and member of special teams ... Rushed 22 times for 150 yards (6.8 avg.) ... Had break-out game against UAB, collecting 134 all-purpose yards (63/rush, 71/KOR) ... Ran for 63 yards on five carries against the Blazers, which also included first career TD (35-yard run) ... Returned 14 kickoffs for 312 yards (22.3 ypr), which ranked second on the team ... Had eight rushes for 46 yards against Memphis ... Recorded first career reception (four yards) against Marshall on a screen pass ... Collected four tackles on special teams duty (VT/1, UTEP/1, Memphis/2) ... Made collegiate debut as a true freshman against Virginia Tech as a special teams member ... Returned a pair of kickoffs for 78 yards, with a long of 63 (fourth quarter) against North Carolina ... Also credited with one tackle on special teams, tripping up Brandon Tate on a punt return to prevent a score ... Experienced first collegiate action in the Pirate backfield at West Virginia, rushing once for four yards ... Also returned three kicks for 53 yards against Mountaineers ... Rushed a season-high eight times for 46 yards with a long of 19 coming in the third quarter at Memphis ... Caught first career pass for four yards against Marshall ... Officially signed with the Pirates in February, 2007.
High School: Completed prep career by leading J.H. Rose High School to back-to-back 16-0 records and Class 4A State Championships as a junior and senior ... Earned all-conference and all-area honors in 2005 and 2006 and was a third-team All-America selection as a senior by EA Sports ... Rushed for 2,807 yards and 39 touchdowns on 242 carries in full-time role as the program's top running back as a senior despite missing two games because of a lower leg injury ... Averaged 11.6 yards per carry in 2006, finishing among the state's top three leading rushers ... Racked up a school-record 391 ground yards and six touchdowns in a contest against rival Rocky Mount ... Keyed an offensive unit that averaged 46.4 points per game in 2006 ... Rushed for 96 yards and three TDs on 24 carries in the Rampants' 26-12 victory over West Charlotte in the 2006 North Carolina 4A State Championship Game at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham (Dec. 9) ... Scored on runs of three, five and two yards against the Lions to earn offensive MVP honors ... Also earned MVP honors of the 2006 Shrine Bowl game after netting 106 rushing yards ... Ran for 1,279 yards and 18 scores on 107 attempts in 2005 - an average of 12.0 yards per carry ... Combined for 4,086 yards on 349 rushes (11.7 ypc) as an upperclassman ... Defensively, added 42 tackles, three sacks and an interception as a junior ... Prep coach was Greg Thomas, who lettered for the Pirate program from 1983 to 1986 ... Opened prep career at South Central High School ... Clocked at 4.37 in the 40-yard dash ... Ranked among North Carolina's Top 30 according to SuperPrep Magazine ... Also earned four basketball letters.
Personal: Full name is Jonathan Edward Williams ... Born August 21, 1988 at Smithfield, N.C. ... A family community services major ... Son of Patrick and Evelyn Williams.