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2010 Senior Bowl: Jeremy Williams Deserves Breakout Performance Award

The 2010 Senior Bowl is in the books, leaving in its wake a morphed landscape for a number of future NFL hopefuls.

The game, a 31-13 victory by the North squad, featured a number of highlights and lowlights, from the struggles of Florida QB Tim Tebow to solid performances by Central Michigan QB Dan Lefevour (5-10, 97 yds, 1 TD), Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham and Cincinnati’s wide receiver Mardy Gilyard (5 catches, 102 yds, 1 TD).

In the end, it was Brandon Graham that won the game’s MVP, but when searching from north to south – down the list of potential future draftees – no player deserves to be named breakout performer more than Tulane’s WR Jeremy Williams.

Yes, that’s the Tulane Green Wave – Conference USA’s latest bottom-feeder – a team that posted just five victories (1-7 in conference during both 2008 and 2009) combined over the last two seasons.

Yes, the same Tulane team that features only a handful of current NFL offensive talents – most notably the quartet of Roydell Williams, Matt Forte J.P. Losman and Mewelde Moore.  With exception to Forte’s rookie season with the Chicago Bears, this quartet hasn’t exactly lit up the NFL scoreboards over recent years.

Enter Jeremy Williams – the 6’1” 205 pound wide receiver – who himself likely carries some baggage that NFL scouts likely took note of previous to the Senior Bowl.

At first, Williams had issues holding on to the ball, but his talent always pushed him back into Tulane’s lineup.  But more importantly, Williams has sustained two knee injuries during his playing career, most recently in 2008, when he suffered a broken hand and season ending knee injury after just five games.  Before he went down, Williams had put up 437 yards and 5 TD’s, while averaging 16.2 yards per catch.

In 2007, Wiliams led the Green Wave with 46 catches and 773 yards, which cracked Conference USA’s top ten in yards receiving per game.

Still, heading into the Senior Bowl, It’s likely that most people hadn’t even heard of Williams.  In fact, in his yearly College Football preview, Phil Steele didn’t have Williams ranked among his top 72 receivers in the country, when other Senior Bowl standouts like Mardy Gilyard cracked his top ten.

The typical football fan tends to fall in love with the big name players that play for the big name schools.  But some of the better receivers in history played for smaller schools: Jerry Rice with Mississippi Valley State, Terrell Owens with Tennessee-Chattanooga and so on.  Now that’s not to say that Williams is or ever will be anywhere in that league, but it’s more the point of where each showed that playing for a small school simply doesn’t matter.

On a South squad that featured power conference representatives such as Tim Tebow (Florida), Ben Tate (Auburn), Stafon Johnson (USC), Javier Arenas (Alabama) and Dexter McCluster (Ole Miss), it may come as quite a surprise to hear that Williams in fact led the team in both rushing and receiving – specifically his one carry for 27 yards and six catches for 83 yards.

Williams should have improved his stock for a number of reasons.  He showed that his talents could potentially fit in as a weapon for a Wildcat system, as his lone carry was an end-around play that broke for a big gain.  On top of that, he showed heads-up instincts by coming back to a jump ball and making a key catch, while also successfully blocking a defender at the same time.

The 110 all-purpose yards for the Tulane senior equals a great day – not only due to taking on a number of the game’s best seniors, but also while fighting for consistent playing time.  Wiliams’ day was second only to Cincinnati’s Gilyard, who added 50+ return yards to his 100-yard receiving day.

All in all, call it a breakout performance by Jeremy Williams, and one that he showed an ability to be a playmaker… an ability to run well on previously injured knees… and an ability to catch contested balls and run well-timed routes.

There will still likely be a few question marks about Williams as a pro – like there are with just about anyone – as the NFL Draft is an inexact science.

But in the end, on this day, Jeremy Williams can and should be considered the top offensive standout – and should move up a number of draft boards come April.

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By | 2017-08-25T17:35:22+00:00 January 30th, 2010|Kevin Paul, NCAA FB|10 Comments

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  1. tophatal March 4, 2010 at 12:27 AM

    KP

    As for LeBron let him do what he has to do with the Cavs first. And then let the chips fall where they may fall.

    Alan Parkins

  2. tophatal March 4, 2010 at 12:25 AM

    KP

    It look as Tiger’s problems will be mounting up even more beyond him just taking names tappin’ skanks. His name has come up in an investigation by a joint task force of the FBI and Justice Dept investigation Dr Anthony Galea ?

    I’d sent you an e-mail of the piece I’d done on it. So as and when you’re ready take a look and let me know what you think ?

    Alan Parkins

  3. admin March 3, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    TOP-
    I agree… it does come off that way – though I’ll be honest, I personally don’t see him going there.

  4. tophatal February 26, 2010 at 1:49 AM

    KP

    The Knicks front office now are solely banking on landing LeBron. Anything less and they might as well fold their tents.

    Alan aka tophatal

  5. admin February 25, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    TOP–
    The balance sheet / baking sheet line cracked me up… well played.
    Yeah, the Knicks are an interesting team… and did I read somewhere that they were selling more tickets for the upcoming season? Was that them? I haven’t looked into it at all, but I was wondering if T-Mac scoring all those points and doing things added to any of that, which would be interesting considering that he could very well be a salary dump type thing.

  6. admin February 18, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    TOP-
    Yeah I bet you tripped a few triggers with that one – in fact, you never know, it’s possible someone from the actual organization found you. That’s happened to people I know before… all depends… not sure how much traffic you’re bringing in but anyone can find you via search. Maybe those people were ‘organizationals’ in disguise?

  7. admin February 5, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    TOP–
    Ooh here we go, a few links from you… I was just going to my email to look around for your latest. I’m looking forward to the Mickelson one – he’s my boy and this whole wedge situation was crazy if you ask me..

  8. admin February 4, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    TOP–

    It’s an inexact science – and that’s why I had trouble writing my piece from last night regarding Signing Day… I mean when you do research on things, no one really knows. It comes down to coaching too, staying injury-free… all that. I mean one site had the Badgers 33rd and another 85th… how can you be that far off ranking one school? Just tells me it’s an inexact but with today’s media – this is what fans want… so many want to hear about the players coming in – who has the talent, the intangibles… all that. Some people crave it and the experts you mention, they do a great job, I think – but in the end, what do they know? They are just evaluating talent – they can’t dive into a player’s brain and so on, you know? Later!

    KP

  9. tophatal February 3, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    KP

    The idiots who are the so called experts over at ESPN make far much more out of this than it’s really worth. If we can all remember Kiper was telling us how good the likes of Leaf, Heath Shuler and Akili Smith were going to be. Now you can’t either of the three in the NFL. They’re not even fit to lick the anus of a dead elephant, much less play in the NFL .

    Alan Parkins

  10. admin February 3, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Hey TOP

    Well, the game itself isn’t THAT big of a deal… but I do think it’s a big deal to watch some of the players individually and see what they can possibly do and offer when playing against some of the other best players at their level… so I do think it’s pretty important as a whole.

    I agree, there’s too much made out of the Tebow situation – though there were times that I wasn’t too impressed with him on the field, but I do think he’s going to work harder than almost anyone to get better…

    Thanks for the link checking this one out now too… later
    KP

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