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Kickoff Set For 2:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday, Aired Live On NFL Network
Zeek Bigger and Bryce Williams Garner First-Team Accolades
Game To Be Played On Jan. 30, 2016 At 2:30 p.m. (EST) On NFL Network
Senior Tight End Has Caught 28 Passes For 319 Yards And Three Touchdowns
Senior Tight End Set Career-High’s Receptions (9) and Yards (83) At Florida
A personable, tall, sure-handed and assignment-conscious receiver who offers the Pirates plenty of flexibility as either a reliable pass catcher or physical blocker on the line of scrimmage ... In a position for more utilization under first-year coordinator Dave Nichol, especially on third down and in redzone situations ... Added 13 pounds of "growth" on tall frame during off-season through work in strength and conditioning program ... Maturity and rapid acclimation to ECU's slightly-tweaked offensive scheme should offer status as a postseason honors candidate on the conference level ... Became the first East Carolina player to be selected to the John Mackey Award Watch List (nation's top tight end) prior to the 2015 campaign ... Also named to Preseason All-American Athletic Conference squads by Phil Steele Magazine (first-team) and Athlon Sports (second-team) ... Will open senior year in firm possession of the starting nod at tight end ... Has lined up in the fullback position at times during his first two active seasons on the Pirate roster ... Joined the ECU program as a walk-on transfer prior to preseason camp in 2012 after beginning his collegiate career at Conference USA-member Marshall ... In all, has played in 26 career games with six starts ... Has caught 38 passes for 457 yards (12.0 ypr) and nine touchdowns ... Produced 14 multiple-catch contests and pulled down 20 receptions for 10 or more yards ... Enjoyed another strong spring, opening action with a 28-yard grab in the first scrimmage (March 28) before hauling in a 54-yarder during the second game on April 11 ... Finished workout period with one reception for 15 yards the Purple-Gold Game on April 18 ... Established a new position (TE) record with a power clean lift of 335 pounds during the spring strength and conditioning testing phase ... Other numbers were also notable with a 380-pound bench press, a 545-pound back squat, a 275-pound push jerk, a 30.5" vertical jump and a 4.24 time in the pro shuttle.
2014: A Second-Team All-American Athletic Conference selection ... Started five of 13 games played -- N.C. Central, Connecticut, Temple, Tulane, UCF ... Lined up as fullback to open contest against the Eagles and Knights ... Hauled down 18 passes for 237 yards (13.2 ypr) ... Tied for third on the team with four receiving scores (two vs. Tulsa, one each vs. N.C. Central and Connecticut) ... Caught multiple passes seven times with a season-high three against Tulane (23 yards) ... Had two receptions each vs. Virginia Tech, North Carolina, SMU, Temple, Cincinnati and Tulsa ... Recorded a career-best 52 receiving yards at Cincinnati ... Topped 25 yards receiving five times and surpassed 30 on three occasions (52 vs. Cincinnati, 35 vs. Temple, 34 vs. North Carolina) ... Returned one kickoff for one-yard against SMU ... Caught at least one pass in seven-straight contests to finish season (and in 10 of the last 11 games) ... Included in the season-ending run was a five-yard catch vs. Florida in the Birmingham Bowl ... Booked single tackles against Eagles and Tar Heels ... A valued member of a unit that averaged 533.0 yards of total offense (161.1/rush, 371.9/pass), which ranked fifth nationally ... Helped ECU's offense put up a school-record 789 total yards (446/pass, 343/rush) against North Carolina ... Played integral role for a squad that surpassed 500 yards of total offense in eight of 13 games (582/N.C. Central, 502/Virginia Tech, 789/North Carolina, 581/SMU, 580/Connecticut, 579/Cincinnati, 510/Tulsa, 536/Florida) - 400-plus in all 13 contests ... Pirates also ranked third nationally in passing (371.9 ypg) and 22nd in scoring (35.8 ppg).
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 catches 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 season-best 37 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 states (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 ... Earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice during ECU's Spring Commencement on May 8, 2015 and is currently working on a second degree ... An ECU Honor Roll performer in the classroom (2014 spring semester, 2015 spring semester) ... Twin brother Shawn was 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.