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Travis Williams

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Daytona Beach, Fla.

High School:
Atlantic

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 186

Position:
Defensive Back

Experience:
3L


A jet-quick and electrifying fan favorite who will enter senior season battling junior Leon Best for a starting position at one of the cornerback positions ... Gained initial popularity by taking advantage of a special teams opening created by an injury (2004) and quickly developed into one of the most feared punt return men in college football ... Although he assumed top punt return job during the last two games of the 2006 campaign, overall service as program's return specialist has diminished in last two seasons under new coaching staff ... Yet, still remains as a preseason All-Conference USA selection (punt returner) by Phil Steele Magazine and Athlon Sports ... Also ranks among the nation's top 11 punt returners according to Phil Steele Magazine ... Publication also selected him to the preseason all-league squad as a defender (third-team) ... Offers plenty of speed, quickness and a fearless approach to his repertoire ... Made three stops and picked off a pass (five-yard return) in the spring scrimmage opener (3/23) before following with a one-tackle outing a week later (3/30) ... Did not record statistics during '07 Purple-Gold Game.

2006: Posted 55 total tackles (36 solo) while playing in 12 games and making 10 starts ... Did not play vs. Tulsa and came off the bench in games against SMU and Southern Miss ... Ranked second on unit with eight pass breakups (Memphis/2, West Virginia/1, Virginia/3, Southern Miss/1, Rice/1) ... Stood third on team with a pair of interceptions (West Virginia, Southern Miss) ... Rated among the conference leaders in passes defended (0.83) per game ... Also tallied 1.5 tackles for lost yardage and a forced fumble (N.C. State) ... Recorded a career-best eight tackles (seven solo) against the Wolfpack ... Registered five or more tackles in seven games ... Helped ECU hold two opponents to under the 100-yard passing mark (Navy/6, Southern Miss/79) ... Assumed top punt return job during the last two games (NCSU, USF), bringing back five boots for 59 yards ... vs. Navy (9/2): Recorded second start of his career (first as cornerback) ... Collected four total tackles, one behind the line of scrimmage (-1 yard) ... vs. UAB (9/9): Credited with six tackles (four solo) ... vs. Memphis (9/16): Recorded six tackles (five solo) and contributed a team-high two pass breakups ... vs. WVU (9/23): Booked three tackles and picked off first career pass in the third quarter on a third-and-14 play ... Also credited with one pass breakup against No. 4 Mountaineers ... vs. UVA (10/7): Tallied five tackles and again led all defensive players with three pass breakups ... vs. Tulsa (10/14): DNP-CD ... vs. SMU (10/21): Logged two solo stops off bench ... vs. USM (10/28): Picked up two tackles in reserve role ... Sealed ECU's first overtime win since 2002 with an interception in overtime off a Jeremy Young pass ... Also credited with one pass breakup ... vs. UCF (11/4): Recorded five tackles ... vs. Marshall (11/11): Contributed five tackles ... vs. Rice (11/18): Added five stops, three coming as solo hits ... Also credited with one pass breakup ... vs. N.C. State (11/25): Recorded a career-best seven solo tackles while leading unit with eight total stops ... Forced first career fumble in the fourth quarter ... Returned two punts for 16 yards ... vs. USF (12/23): Tallied four solo tackles, one for lost yardage (-2 yards) in the Papajohns.com Bowl ... Returned three punts for 43 yards, the longest (20) coming in the fourth quarter.

2005: A part-time performer in the ECU secondary and special teams member ... Played in all 11 games off the bench ... Posted 13 total tackles (11 solo) in secondary and special teams role ... Had one stop behind line of scrimmage (-1 yard) vs. Rice ... Logged a pair of pass breakups (Southern Miss, Rice) ... Recorded block of a Memphis FG attempt ... Netted seven kickoff returns for 139 yards (19.9 ypr) and 14 punt returns for 104 yards (7.4 ypr) ... vs. Duke (9/3): Returned two punts for 53 yards ... His first return, a 52-yarder, marked the third longest return in his career and setup ECU's first TD of the game... vs. Wake Forest (9/17): Played on both special teams and defensive units ... Filled in as a kickoff returner (injury to Markeith McQueen) and logged an effort of 21 yards ... Also returned two punts (0 yards) ... Did not record a tackle ... vs. WVU (9/24): Returned one kickoff for 16 yards that opened the second Pirate drive from the 21-yard line ... Also returned one punt (-1) yards ... Made one defensive tackle as a reserve cornerback ... vs. USM (10/1): Returned one kickoff for a gain of 20 yards that set up a Pirate drive from the 12-yard line ... Also returned one punt for eight yards ... Made a season-high four total tackles, two of which came on special teams ... vs. Rice (10/8): Logged three punt returns for 28 yards along with two kickoff returns for 30 yards against the Owls' special teams coverage ... Also made a one tackle for a lost yardage ... vs. SMU (10/15): The only Pirate with a kickoff return (22 yards) ... Made three tackles on the defensive side of the ball (two solo) ... vs. Memphis (10/22): Returned four Michael Gibson punts for a total of 16 yards ... Blocked a second quarter field goal attempt by the Tigers' Stephen Gostkowski ... Booked one solo tackle as a reserve cornerback on defensive unit ... vs. UCF (10/29): Tied a season-high with a 30-yard kickoff return ... Did not record any statistics defensively ... vs. Tulsa (11/12): Recorded one solo tackle as a reserve in the ECU secondary against the Golden Hurricane ... Was replaced by Aundrae Allison as the squad's top punt returner after serving in that role for the first eight games ... vs. Marshall (11/19): Split his duties on both the Pirates' special teams and within the secondary (no stats) ... vs. UAB (11/26): Tallied two solo tackles in season finale vs. the Blazers.

2004: Turned in stellar rookie season as a true freshman, establishing himself as one of the nation's premier punt return specialists ... Was the only East Carolina representative on the All-Conference USA First-Team squad (PR) ... Also was a unanimous selection to the C-USA All-Freshman unit ... Finished fourth nationally among all Division I-A punt returners with a 17.7 average (20-354) ... Started slowly (DNP-CD vs. West Virginia) but quickly became a regular on Pirates' special teams and defensive secondary ... Played in 10 games and made one start (at South Florida after splitting time at the wide receiver position earlier in the week) ... Played both ways (offense, defense) during the last three games of the season ... Took over team's top punt return duties against Tulane after Demetrius Hodges suffered a shoulder injury ... Credited with 11 tackles (eight solo) and a pair of pass breakups (Memphis, N.C. State) ... Made four stops as member of the special teams ... Logged a catch for four yards in back-to-back games against USF and Memphis ... Also served brief stint as a kickoff returner (4-110) ... Returned three kickoffs for 80 yards (long of 32) vs. Houston before adding one bring-back against the Bulls (30 yards) ... Began punt return duties in fine fashion, racking up 98 yards (five returns, 19.6 avg.) against Tulane, including the second-longest punt return of the season (64 yards) ... Returned four punts for 79 yards (19.8 ypr) during win over Army ... In addition to kickoff return success, brought back two punts for 19 yards in match-up at Houston ... Totaled a career-high 148 punt return yards (24.7 ypr) on a career-best six attempts, including a personal-long 69-yarder for his first career touchdown vs. Memphis ... The TD against the Tigers marked ECU's first punt return for a score since 2000 ... Established a new school single-season standard for highest punt return average (17.7), besting the previous mark (16.4) set by Tommy Bullock in 1968 ... Also set ECU single-season freshman records for most punt returns (20), most punt return yards (354) and highest punt return average (17.7).

High School: Selected to play in the Central Florida All-Star Game ... An All-Volusia County pick by the Daytona Beach News-Journal ... Had 856 rushing yards, 23 receptions for 317 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior ... On defense, tallied 46 tackles and four interceptions while also returning a kickoff and a punt for scores as an integral member of the AHS special teams unit ... Clocked at 4.3 seconds in the 40 at the Nike Camp held at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

Personal: Full name is Travis Craig Williams ... Born April 19, 1985 ... A communications major.