Sunday, May 13, 2018

Another Roadrunner grabs the attention of an NFL team

Jarveon Williams agrees to terms with Cincinnati Bengals

Jarveon Williams
Photo credit: Jeff Huehn, UTSA Athletics

(May 5, 2017) -- Former UTSA running back Jarveon Williams was one of 13 undrafted college free agents who has agreed to terms with the Cincinnati Bengals, the National Football League (NFL) franchise announced on Friday.

Williams, who stands 5-foot-9 and weighs 200 pounds, is the second Roadrunner to be announced as a new member of an NFL club this spring (Jordan Moore agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday) and he becomes the eighth player in program history to join the professional ranks.

The local product from Converse Judson High School, saw action in all 13 games (12 starts) as a senior and rushed for a team-leading 900 yards on a squad-best 207 carries (4.3 avg.) while ranking second on the club with eight touchdowns. He produced four 100-yard outings, including a season-best 125 yards on 16 carries against New Mexico in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 17).

He added 122 yards, including a program-record 92-yarder, and two scores on just 15 attempts against Southern Miss (Oct. 8), racked up 109 yards and matched the school's single-game mark with three rushing TDs, on 21 totes at Middle Tennessee (Nov. 5) and rushed for 104 yards on 21 carries against UTEP (Oct. 22). Williams had 95 yards, including a 46-yarder, and two touchdowns on 18 attempts at Louisiana Tech (Nov. 12) and accumulated 93 yards and a score on 21 totes at Old Dominion (Sept. 24).

He also caught 18 passes for another 212 yards (11.8 avg.) and registered career highs of five receptions for 81 yards, including a 48-yarder, against Arizona State (Sept. 16). Williams also hauled in three passes for 54 yards, including a 33-yarder, in the regular season finale against Charlotte (Nov. 26).

He even tossed a 3-yard touchdown pass against UTEP.

Williams is finished his career as UTSA's all-time leading rusher with 2,393 yards on the strength of a program-record eight of the program's 16 all-time 100-yard rushing performances. He also ranks second on the school's career (19) and single-season (8/2016 & 2015) rushing touchdown charts.

Williams was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection following a junior season that saw him become the Roadrunners' first 1,000-yard rusher after racking up 1,042 yards.

- Brian Hernandez


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