DeAngelo Williams

DeAngelo Chondon Williams[1] (born April 25, 1983) is a former American football running back. He played college football at Memphis, and was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He starred in a dual role in Carolina alongside Jonathan Stewart, until Williams' release in the 2014 offseason. He then played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2015 to 2016.

DeAngelo Williams
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Williams with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2016
No. 34
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:April 25, 1983 (age 35)
Wynne, Arkansas
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school:Wynne (AR)
College:Memphis
NFL Draft:2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:8,096
Average:4.7
Rushing touchdowns:61
Receptions:236
Receiving yards:2,106
Receiving touchdowns:9
Player stats at NFL.com

Early years

Williams was considered the top running back in the state of Arkansas in 2001, having played at Wynne High School in Wynne, Arkansas.[2] He missed most of his sophomore season with a broken bone in his foot. As a junior, he gained 1,044 yards rushing and scored 14 touchdowns, leading him to be named to the Arkansas All-State team in 2000. As a senior, he rushed for a single-season record 2,204 yards and 34 touchdowns, averaging 10.4 yards per carry while leading his squad to the state 4A championship. He had 939 yards rushing in four playoff games, including 26 carries for 302 yards and six touchdowns against Greenwood; in the state championship game against Stuttgart, he rushed for 194 yards on 24 attempts, scoring two rushing touchdowns, one receiving touchdown and one return touchdown. He was named the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 2001 Offensive Player of the Year and was selected to the Associated Press Arkansas Super Team in 2001.

Also a letterman in track & field, Williams still holds the state 4A record in the 100-meter dash with an electronically-timed 10.81 seconds.[3] He also helped lead Wynne to a second-place finish in the 2001 state track championships.

Williams was rated as the number 25 running back prospect in the nation, the number two overall prospect in the state of Arkansas and was named to the All-America and All-Region Team by SuperPrep. He was also recruited by Ole Miss, Arkansas, and Iowa before deciding on Memphis.

College career

Williams attended the University of Memphis, where he played for the Memphis Tigers football team.[4] He holds the Division I National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) record for 100-yard rushing games (34) and All-purpose yards (7,573). He also ranks sixth on the all-time NCAA rushing list with 6,026 yards.[5] Williams was named to the 2004 Pro Football Weekly All-America Team.

Freshman season

Entering Memphis, Williams was a highly touted signee. He played in 10 games as a true freshman. In his first career game against Murray State, he racked up 129 rushing yards, on 12 rushes, and a touchdown, marking the second most rushing yards in school history by a true freshman.[6] Against Tulane, he gained 166 rushing yards, including an 86-yard touchdown.[7] For his performance in the Tulane game, he received the Conference USA Player of the Week. While playing Louisville, he suffered a knee sprain and was forced to sit out the next week's contest against Mississippi State. He had a career-high two rushing touchdowns against Army, as well as 10 carries and 110 rushing yards.[8] He led the team with 684 rushing yards, 103 carries and five rushing touchdowns.[9][10][11]

Sophomore season

In the 2002 regular season opener against Tennessee Tech, Williams would have 61 rushing yards and 1 rushing touchdown. He would also have career highs of 135 receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdowns playing TTU.[12] The following week against Mississippi, he would gain 131 rushing yards, 36 receiving yards, and 2 rushing touchdowns.[13] He would also gain over 100 yards the following week against Southern Mississippi, finishing the game with 158 rushing yards.[14] After a 108-yard game against Arkansas State and another 107-yard game against UAB the following week, he would tie the school record with 4 consecutive +100 yard games in a row.[15][16] The game after, he would break the record, when he posted 119 rushing yards against Mississippi State.[17] He would continue the streak against the Houston Cougars with 120 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns.[18] The next week he would have a career-high, 195 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns, in the victory against Tulane.[19] Playing East Carolina, he would make the record 8 consecutive games with over +100 rushing yards. With the 137 yards rushing, he would also break the school record for single season rushing yards. He would continue to break records the next week, when he would break the school record for attempts in a single season.[20] William's had 154 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown on 27 attempts against Louisville.[21] The next week, in a win against Cincinnati, he would post 136 rushing yards but would tear his MCL during the game, ending his record-breaking season.[22] He would end the season with over 1,400 rushing yards, the most in school history, and leading the nation in all-purpose yards.[9][23] He was named as the 2003 Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year.[24]

Junior season

After missing the last two regular season games and the New Orleans Bowl, Williams would return in the 2003 season opener against Mississippi. With 118 rushing yards, he would make it 11 consecutive games with over 100 rushing yards, continuing the streak he began in 2002, and having a career-high 37 attempts.[25] While playing against Chattanooga, Williams would gain 136 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns, 87 receiving yards, and a touchdown reception. His four touchdowns would mark a career-high for a single game.[26] His streak would finally end a few weeks later, at 13 when UAB held him to 92 rushing yards.[27] Williams' junior season would end when he broke his leg while playing Bowling Green. He would finish his junior year leading the nation with 22 rushing touchdowns and second with 1,948 rushing yards.[28] For the second straight year, he was named as the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year.[24]

Senior season

Williams would begin his senior season being held to 85 rushing yards against Ole Miss but would follow up with ten consecutive games with over 100 yards rushing.[29] While playing against Chattanooga, he would rush for 205 yards.[30] He would again rush for over 200 yards when he finished with 223 yards against Tulsa.[31] The next week he would post 236 rushing yards playing against UTEP.[32] After a few games, Williams would accumulate 226 rushing yards and two touchdowns against East Carolina.[33] He would finish the regular season with 127 rushing yards against Marshall.[34] In his final college game, the 2005 Motor City Bowl, Williams helped Memphis defeat the Akron Zips 38-31, by running for a Bowl record 238 yards and scoring three touchdowns.[35] His performance made him the top ground-gainer in college football in 2005. Williams was also an All-America selection by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the Walter Camp Foundation.

Williams was a finalist for the 2005 Doak Walker Award, which was awarded to Reggie Bush. He came in seventh overall in the Heisman Trophy voting.[36] In 2005, Williams was named the inaugural winner of the ARA Sportsmanship Award, presented by the Awards and Recognition Association to the Division I football player who best exhibits sportsmanship both on and off the field. For the third straight year, he was named as the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year.[24]

College statistics

Source: [1]

  Rushing Receiving
Season Team GP Att Yds Avg Yds/G Long TD Rec Yds Long TD
2002 MEM 10 103 684 6.6 68.4 31 5 5 51 32 0
2003 MEM 11 243 1,430 5.9 130.0 49 10 35 384 80 3
2004 MEM 12 313 1,948 6.2 162.3 75 22 18 210 68 1
2005 MEM 11 310 1,964 6.3 178.5 76 18 12 78 29 1
Total 44 969 6,026 6.2 137.0 86 55 70 723 80 5

Professional career

2006 NFL Draft

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
5-9 * 214 lb * 4.40** X X 4.10* 6.57** 35 ½ in. * 10'09" ** 25 * X

(* represents NFL Combine** Represents Memphis pro-day)[37]

In January, Williams attended the 2006 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, an annual event in which college seniors and professional prospects are evaluated by NFL personnel in preparation for the NFL Draft. His height was officially measured at 5'9, which led some scouts to question his potential as an undersized back in the NFL. However, scouting reports soon placed him among the most impressive performers during the practice week leading up to the Bowl, and Williams punctuated the week with a strong, if brief, showing in the game itself, rushing for 31 yards on 3 carries and catching 2 passes for 28 yards. For the NFL Combine, Williams trained at D1 Sports Training in Nashville, Tennessee.

On March 24, at the Pro Day on the University of Memphis campus, Williams ostensibly improved his draft stock even further with an exceptional workout. He ran his 40-yard dash in 4.40 seconds with the wind and 4.48 seconds against the wind. He also impressed in the short shuttle, the three-cone drill, and the long shuttle. In addition, he recorded a 34½-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-9 broad jump and caught the ball well in receiving drills.

Carolina Panthers

Though at one point he was considered a top ten pick, with some projecting him as high as #4 overall to the New York Jets, Williams saw his draft stock fall in weeks preceding the draft, as many teams filled their needs at the running back position via free agency. On April 29, 2006, Williams was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the first round with the 27th overall pick in the NFL Draft. He joined Reggie Bush, LenDale White, Laurence Maroney, and Joseph Addai, among others, in a promising draft class at running back.[38] Williams adopted the jersey #34, which he wore in high school, and which was the same as his hero at the time, Ricky Williams.

2006 season

Williams played in the first five games of the 2006 season and looked promising as an alternative to DeShaun Foster in the Carolina backfield, compiling an impressive average of 5.3 yards per carry.[39] He missed Weeks 6 through 8 with a sprained ankle. In Week 11 against St. Louis, Williams filled in for Foster, who had injured his elbow, and totaled 20 carries for 114 yards.[40] In a Monday Night Football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Williams started for an injured DeShaun Foster and managed 74 rushing yards on 17 carries and an impressive 101 receiving yards on 7 catches with a touchdown.[41] He had 501 rushing yards and 1 touchdown on the year.[42]

2007 season

DeAngelo Williams (2008) (cropped)
Williams in 2008

In the 2007 season, Williams continued to back up DeShaun Foster.[43] He had his first 100-yard game of the season in a win week six against the Arizona Cardinals. In the fourth quarter, he clinched the win with a 75-yard run, the longest in team history, only to be tackled short of the goal line. On the very next play he ran the ball to the right corner of endzone for his first touchdown of the season.[44] The next five weeks, he had low numbers due to limited playing time. In the final week of the season, Williams rushed for 121 yards on 20 carries while scoring 2 touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[45] He finished the season with 144 carries for 717 yards and was ninth in the NFL in yards per carry (5.0).[46][47]

2008 season

Williams established himself as the starting running back for the Panthers prior to the 2008 season. During the 2008 season, Williams shared carries with 2008 draft pick Jonathan Stewart, though Williams received a majority of the work.[48] On November 30, 2008, Williams set a franchise record for rushing touchdowns in one game by scoring four touchdowns in a Week 13 game against the Green Bay Packers.[49] In Week 14, Williams was selected FedEx Ground Player-of-the-Week after a dominating performance in which he rushed for 186 yards on 19 carries and 2 touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football.[50] He earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his effort against the Buccaneers.[51] On December 21, 2008, in a game against the New York Giants for the number one playoff seed, Williams rushed for 108 yards and four touchdowns in an overtime loss.[52] Williams did not fumble the entire 2008 season. Despite having a stellar season, he was unable to make the Pro Bowl over Clinton Portis, despite having more total yards, touchdowns, and yards per carry. This is mainly attributed to Portis outperforming Williams the first half of the season, as well as the large Redskins fanbase. Williams did, however, make the All-Pro team. He finished the 2008 season with 273 carries for 1,515 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns, to go along with 22 catches for 121 yards and 2 more touchdowns.[53] Williams credited much of his 2008 success to a discussion with Vinny Testaverde and improved pre-game preparation.[54] After the season, Williams was voted Pro Football Weekly and the Professional Football Writers of America's Most Improved Player of the Year.[55]

2009 season

In week 7 of the 2009 NFL season, Williams broke a 77-yard run against the Cardinals, breaking his previous record of 75 yards, which was also set against Arizona. The Panthers got their revenge from the previous year's playoff loss as they beat the Cardinals 34-21.[56] In a game against Tampa Bay, Williams had 152 rushing yards as he scored the game-winning touchdown in Carolina's 28-21 win.[57] Despite missing all of 3 games and most of 2 more due to injury, Williams managed to rush for 1,117 yards and 7 touchdowns on 216 carries, as well as receiving for 252 yards on 29 catches, earning himself a spot in the Pro Bowl.[58][59] He and Jonathan Stewart became the first running back duo in NFL History to rush for 1,110 yards apiece (with Stewart rushing for 1,133 yards), as well as becoming the first Panther running back to rush for 1,000 in consecutive seasons.

During the 2010 Pro Bowl, Williams scored a touchdown on a 7-yard run, the first by a Panthers player in team history. He finished the game with 2 carries for 6 yards and a touchdown, as well as a 15-yard reception.[60]

2010 season

DeAngelo Williams
Williams at ESPN The Weekend in February 2010.

Williams injured his right foot during the Panthers' home win against the San Francisco 49ers on October 24, 2010.[61] He did not play again before being placed on injured reserve on November 17, 2010, with what was announced to be a mid-foot sprain.[62] Williams finished the year with 361 yards and one touchdown on 87 rushes, along with 61 yards and no touchdowns on 11 catches.[63] On July 27, 2011, Williams signed a 5-year $43 million contract extension to stay with the Panthers.

2011 season

In 2011, the Panthers drafted Cam Newton as their starting quarterback.[64] This resulted in a three way split for carries between Williams, Stewart, and Newton.[65] Williams helped the trio finish third in the league in total rushing yards with 2,408.[66] The Panthers also finished first in average yards per carry and first in total touchdowns with 26.[67] Williams finished the season with 836 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.[68][69]

2012 season

In 2012, the Panthers signed former San Diego Chargers fullback Mike Tolbert. The signing meant that Williams's carries would yet again be split with Stewart, Newton, and newcomer Tolbert.[70] Although he played every game of the season, he only started 10 of the games. He recorded 737 yards on 173 attempts. He scored five rushing touchdowns and two on the receiving end.[71]

2013 season

In 2013, Williams had his most rushing attempts (201) since his Pro Bowl season in 2009. However, he did not make much out of these carries, only rushing for 843 yards. He scored 3 rushing touchdowns, his fewest since his injury plagued season in 2010, and one receiving.[72]

2014 season

Williams rushed for 72 yards on 12 attempts in the season opening victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[73] Williams missed the second and third games of the season vs the Detroit Lions and the Pittsburgh Steelers respectively, because of a hamstring injury that he suffered during a practice in between week one and two.[74] In a week four loss versus the Baltimore Ravens, Williams suffered a high ankle sprain and was taken out of the game. His cast was removed on October 6, 2014.[75] Coach Ron Rivera has said that Williams would be able to return for week nine.[76][77] In a week thirteen loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Williams fractured his right middle finger. He was listed as day to day.[78][79] He missed a week fourteen victory over the New Orleans Saints due to his hand injury.[80] He was listed as doubtful for the week fifteen game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[81] After missing the final two games of the season versus the Cleveland Browns and the Atlanta Falcons respectively, Williams returned for the Wild Card Playoff game versus the Arizona Cardinals. He saw very limited action, only carrying the ball four times for 16 yards and no receptions in a 27-16 victory.[82] In the Divisional Playoff game versus the Seattle Seahawks, Williams carried the ball two times for 14 yards in a 31-17 loss.[83] He was released on March 10, 2015.[84]

Panthers franchise records

DeAngelo Williams (2014)
Williams (#34) in 2014

As of 2017 NFL off-season:

  • Longest rushing attempt: 77 (in 2009 vs Arizona Cardinals)[85]
  • Most 50+ yard rushes, career: 11[86]
  • Most rushing yards, season: 1,515 (2008)[87]
  • Most rushing touchdowns, season: 18 (2008)[87]
  • Most total touchdowns, season: 20 (2008)
  • Most rushing touchdowns, game: 4 (2008-12-21 @NYG)
  • Most total touchdowns, game: 4 (2008-11-30 @GNB and 2008-12-21 @NYG)
  • Most rushing yards, game: 210 (December 30, 2012 @NOR)[88]
  • Most 100+ yard rushing games, career: 18
  • Most 100+ yard rushing games, season: 8 (2008; with Stephen Davis)
  • Most games with 2+ touchdowns, career: 11 (with Steve Smith)
  • Most games with 2+ touchdowns, season: 5 (2008; with Muhsin Muhammad and Steve Smith)
  • Most games with 3+ touchdowns, career: 3 (with Steve Smith)
  • Most games with 3+ touchdowns, season: 3 (2008)
  • Most games with 4+ touchdowns, career: 2
  • Most games with 4+ touchdowns, season: 2 (2008)
  • Most seasons with 1,000+ rushing yards: 2

Pittsburgh Steelers

DeAngelo Williams 2015
Williams playing in 2015.

2015 season

On March 13, 2015, Williams signed a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.[89] The contract was for 2 years and $4.0 million, with $1.13 million guaranteed, and a signing bonus of $1.13 million.

Williams made his first career start as a Steeler on September 10 in the NFL season opener against the New England Patriots.[90][91] In his debut, he ran for 127 yards on 21 carries, his most in a game since 2012.[92] In a week two game against the San Francisco 49ers, Williams scored 3 touchdowns on 20 carries for 77 yards.[93] Despite his success in the first two weeks of the season, Williams was used as a back up once All-Pro starter Le'Veon Bell returned from his 2-game suspension. In Bell's first game back, Williams received only one carry for 2-yards in a week 3 victory over the St. Louis Rams.[94] In a Week 4 loss against the Baltimore Ravens, Williams had only 2 rushing attempts for 5 yards.[95] On October 28, Williams was fined $5,787 for wearing eye black that read "Find the Cure" in honor of breast cancer awareness.[96] During a Week 8 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, Williams rushed for 71 yards on 9 carries and came in the game for Le'Veon Bell, who left with an injury.[97] It was reported that Bell had sustained a torn MCL and would miss the rest of the season, effectively making Williams the starting running back.

In his first start since Week 2, Williams had a season-high 27 carries for 170 yards and scored two touchdowns, while also accounting for 55 receiving yards on two receptions in a Week 9 victory over the Oakland Raiders.[98] On December 13, 2015, he had 23 rushes for 76 yards and two rushing touchdowns in a win over the Cincinnati Bengals.[99]

Already without Bell, in Week 17 at Cleveland, Williams suffered an ankle injury and did not return. This injury kept him out of the Steelers' 18-16 wild card victory over Cincinnati and the following week against the eventual Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos. Williams finished the 2015 regular season with 907 rushing yards and a league-leading 11 rushing touchdowns.[100][101]

2016 season

Williams was again called upon to serve as the Steelers lead running back after another Le'Veon Bell suspension, this time for the first three games of the season. After two weeks in the 2016 season, he was the league leader in rushing yards after rushing for 146 yards against the Washington Redskins in the season opener and 94 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals in the next game.[102][103] For his Week 1 performance, he earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week.[104] His production dipped later on the season and he finished with 343 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns.[105] The Steelers made the playoffs and advanced all the way to the AFC Championship.[106] In the 36–17 loss to the New England Patriots, he had 14 carries for 34 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown to go along with seven receptions for 51 yards. In addition, he had a successful two-point conversion.[107]

As of 2017, Williams is the only player in NFL history to gain over 10,000 yards from scrimmage, average at least 4.7 yards per carry and average over 100 touches per fumble (125).

Career statistics

Regular season

Source: [2]

Year Team GP GS Rushing Receiving Kickoff Returns Fumbles
Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Ret Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2006 CAR 13 2 121 501 4.1 31 1 33 313 9.5 41 1 32 623 19.5 39 0 1 0
2007 CAR 16 0 144 717 5.0 75 4 23 175 7.6 30 1 13 231 17.8 29 0 1 1
2008 CAR 16 16 273 1,515 5.5 69 18 22 121 5.5 25 2 -- -- -- -- -- 0 0
2009 CAR± 13 13 216 1,117 5.2 77 7 29 252 8.7 30 0 -- -- -- -- -- 3 3
2010 CAR 6 6 87 361 4.1 39 1 11 61 5.5 14 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2011 CAR 16 14 155 836 5.4 74 7 16 135 8.4 32 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 0
2012 CAR 16 10 173 737 4.3 65 5 13 187 14.4 53 2 -- -- -- -- -- 2 2
2013 CAR 15 15 201 843 4.2 43 3 26 333 12.8 72 1 -- -- -- -- -- 3 2
2014 CAR 6 6 63 219 3.5 17 0 5 44 8.8 30 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2015 PIT 16 10 200 907 4.5 55 11 40 367 9.2 34 0 -- -- -- -- -- 4 2
2016 PIT 9 4 98 343 3.5 17 4 18 118 6.6 20 2 -- -- -- -- -- 0 0
Total 142 96 1,730 8,096 4.7 77 61 236 2,106 8.9 72 9 45 854 19.0 39 0 16 12
^† League leader
Pro Bowler

Playoffs

Source: [3]

Year Team GP GS Rushing Receiving Fumbles
Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2008 CAR 1 1 12 63 5.3 31 0 1 6 6.0 6 0 0 0
2013 CAR 1 1 5 13 2.6 7 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2014 CAR 2 0 6 30 5 12 0 2 2 1.0 2 0 0 0
2016 PIT 2 0 16 36 2.3 15 1 7 51 7.3 10 0 1 0
Total 6 2 39 142 3.6 31 1 10 59 5.9 10 0 1 0

Professional wrestling career

DeAngelo Williams
DeAngelo Williams (Slammiversary)
Williams at Slammiversary in 2017
Birth nameDeAngelo Chondon Williams
BornApril 25, 1983 (age 35)
Wynne, Arkansas
Alma materUniversity of Memphis
Websitedeangelowilliams34.org
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)DeAngelo Williams
Billed height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Billed weight207 lb (94 kg)
DebutJuly 2, 2017

Williams appeared on the April 2, 2017, episode of Impact Wrestling, alongside Gary Barnidge, to save Moose from an attack.[108] A week later, Williams announced he would make his debut as a professional wrestler at an upcoming pay-per-view event.[109] Williams stated "I'm a huge, huge, huge fan of professional wrestling, and everything I'm going to do in the ring will be for the wrestlers who I have watched in the past, as well as those I still watch today. I respect the sport, the wrestlers and everything that comes with it." in a press release hyping his appearance.[110]

Accompanied by Barnidge and Austin Dillon, Williams made his debut at Slammiversary XV on July 2, 2017, teaming with Moose (himself a former NFL player) in a victory over Chris Adonis and Eli Drake.[111][112][113] His performance in the match received rave reviews from critics, including journalist Dave Meltzer, who stated that Williams "has the potential to be one of the greatest wrestlers I've ever seen", and compared him to other athletes turned wrestlers such as Matt Riddle, Akiyama, and Kurt Angle.[114] Bryan Alvarez stated that Williams was "pretty damn amazing in his first-ever match".[115] Meltzer later stated that Williams had the best in-ring performance by a celebrity in wrestling history.[116]

Williams announced his retirement from wrestling on July 5, 2017.[117]

On July 2, 2018, Williams announced he is returning to wrestling and will wrestle again for Impact.[118]

Personal life

Williams was born on April 25, 1983 to his mother Sandra Hill. His mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004.[119] After ten years battling the illness, she died in May 2014. Four of his aunts have also had breast cancer.[119] Williams now works with Susan G. Komen and has pink highlights in his dreadlocks to support the fight against breast cancer.[120][121]

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2004 GMAC Bowl

The 2004 GMAC Bowl was an American college football bowl game. It was part of the 2004 NCAA Division I-A football season, and was the 7th edition. It was played in December 2004, and featured the Memphis Tigers, and the Bowling Green Falcons.

Before the Game, heavy rains soaked the field and continued through almost the whole game. Running back PJ Pope scored on a 1-yard touchdown run, to give Bowling Green an early 7-0 lead. Quarterback Omar Jacobs threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Charles Sharon, stretching the lead out to 14-0. Memphis's quarterback Danny Wimprine threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to John Doucette to cut the lead to 14-7. Omar Jacobs again hooked up with Charlie Sharon, this time on a 36-yard touchdown pass to gain a 21-7 lead after the 1st quarter.

In the second quarter, Danny Wimprine found wide receiver Chris Kelly for a 61-yard touchdown pass, to get within 21-14. Omar Jacobs found Steve Sanders for a 31-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 28-14. Danny Wimprine found Maurice Avery for a 38-yard touchdown pass, and the lead was 28-21. DeAngelo Williams later scored on a 31-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 28.

Before halftime, Omar Jacobs found Steve Sanders again, this time for a 17-yard touchdown pass to regain the lead at 35-28. In the third quarter, he threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to PJ Pope, to extend the lead to 42-28. A Shaun Suisham field goal increased the lead to 45-28. A PJ Pope touchdown run in the fourth quarter increased the lead to 52-28. John Doucette scored on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Danny Wimprine, to make the final score 52-35.

2005 Motor City Bowl

The 2005 Motor City Bowl, part of the 2005–06 NCAA football bowl games season, occurred on December 27, 2005 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. The University of Memphis Tigers football team beat the University of Akron Zips football team 38–31.

This game is most noteworthy for being the first bowl game the University of Akron Zips football team has played in, and for being the final college game for All-American and All-Pro running back DeAngelo Williams.

2006 Carolina Panthers season

The 2006 Carolina Panthers season was the franchise's 12th season in the National Football League and the 5th under head coach John Fox. It was also the team's 10th season at Bank of America Stadium. the team tried to improve on their 11–5 record and return to (at least) the NFC Championship Game like they did in 2005, however They failed to do so and ended up going 8–8, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

2007 Carolina Panthers season

The 2007 Carolina Panthers season was the franchise's 13th season in the National Football League and the team's 11th season at Bank of America Stadium.They failed to improve upon their 8–8 record in 2006, finishing 7–9.

2008 Carolina Panthers season

The 2008 Carolina Panthers season was the franchise's 14th season in the National Football League They entered the season and improved on their 7–9 record from 2007, winning the NFC South. Their 12–4 finish tied their second best record in franchise history, which occurred in the 1996 season, however this was surpassed by the 2015 season with a 15-1 record. The second-seeded Panthers were upset at home in the divisional playoffs by the eventual NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals, 33-13.

2009 Carolina Panthers season

The 2009 Carolina Panthers season was the franchise's 15th season in the National Football League. They failed to improve on their franchise-record 12–4 season in 2008 (which was later surpassed by the 2015 team) and also failed to make the playoffs.

The 2009 Panthers are only the sixth team in NFL history to have two players rush for 1,000 yards: Jonathan Stewart (1,133) and DeAngelo Williams (1,117); they are the last team to do so. It was also the first team in NFL history to have two players rush for more than 1,100 yards.

2011 Carolina Panthers season

The 2011 Carolina Panthers season was the franchise's 17th season in the National Football League and the first season for Ron Rivera as head coach. In Week 16 of the 2010 season, the team clinched the NFL's worst record of that year and was given the #1 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, with which the team selected Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, the 2010 Heisman Trophy winner. They improved on their 2–14 record from 2010, and finished 6–10, missing the playoffs for the third year in a row.

Despite their losing record, Carolina made many improvements. According to Football Outsiders, the Panthers had the biggest year-to-year offensive improvement in their history: they were dead last in 2010, and moved up to 4th offensively in 2011, according to Football Outsiders' statistical formulas. In addition, Football Outsiders states that Carolina had the best running game in their calculations' history. This was due to the addition of Cam Newton's running ability to the high-quality running tandem of running backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. The rushing attack eclipsed that of the previous record holder, the 2000 St. Louis Rams. In the process, Carolina became the first team in NFL history to have three players with 700 or more yards rushing in the same season: Williams with 836 yards, Stewart with 761 yards, and Newton with 706 yards. The Panthers also set the team record for net yards with 6,237, breaking the record originally set by the 2004 team.

Carolina's defense, however, was ranked last in the league, according to Football Outsiders. They allowed the fifth-most total yards in the league on defense in 2011, and the sixth-most points.Their pass defense gave up 7.6 yards per pass attempt (tied for worst in the league), and their 6.2 yards allowed per play was tied for third-worst in the league.

DeShaun Foster

DeShaun Xavier Foster (born January 10, 1980) is a former American football running back, who currently serves as the running backs coach at UCLA. He was originally drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at UCLA.

Gary Barnidge

Gary Michael Barnidge (born September 22, 1985) is a former American football tight end. He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft (picked 141st overall). He played college football at Louisville. He has also played for Cleveland Browns.

Jim Skipper

Jim Skipper (born January 23, 1949) is an American football coach who was the running backs coach for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL).

Jonathan Stewart

Jonathan Creon Stewart (born March 21, 1987) is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. He played college football at the University of Oregon and was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the first round (13th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.

List of Carolina Panthers records and statistics

The Carolina Panthers are an American professional football club based in Charlotte, North Carolina and representing the Carolinas. The team, which plays in the South division of the National Football Conference (NFC) of the National Football League (NFL), began play in 1995 as an expansion team. From 1995-2001, the team was a member of the West division of the NFC.

This list encompasses the major honors won by the Carolina Panthers as well as records set by the team, its coaches, and its players. Attendance records at Bank of America Stadium, the team's home stadium since 1996, are also included in this list. All records are accurate as of the end of the 2017 season.

List of NFL 1,000-yard rushing duos

In American football, running (also referred to as rushing) is, along with passing, one of the two main methods of advancing the ball down the field. A running play generally occurs when the quarterback hands or tosses the ball backwards to the running back, but other players, such as the quarterback, can run with the ball. In the National Football League (NFL), there have been six pairs of teammates that have each recorded 1,000 rushing yards in the same season. Five of these duos consisted of running backs, and a sixth consisted of a running back and a quarterback.

The first 1,000-yard duo consisted of fullback Larry Csonka and halfback Mercury Morris. Csonka and Morris accomplished the feat as members of the Miami Dolphins during their 1972 season, when the team finished undefeated and won the Super Bowl. Morris finished with an even 1,000 yards; he had initially been credited with only 991 yards after the end of the regular season, due to a statistician's error that incorrectly removed nine yards from his total. The second 1,000-yard tandem occurred four years later in 1976, when fullback Franco Harris and halfback Rocky Bleier both surpassed 1,000 yards playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Fullback Kevin Mack and halfback Earnest Byner became the third 1,000-yard duo, accomplishing the feat during the 1985 Cleveland Browns season.In 2006, halfback Warrick Dunn and quarterback Michael Vick became the fourth duo with 1,000 rushing yards in the same season, and the first NFC team with such a duo. Vick also became the first quarterback to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season, while Dunn's 1,140 yards are the most by any player in a 1,000-yard duo. Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward of the New York Giants were the fifth duo to accomplish the feat, doing so in 2008. DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart of the Carolina Panthers are the most recent players to have accomplished the feat, having done so in 2009. In addition to being the sixth 1,000-yard backfield tandem, the two are also the only 1,100-yard rushing duo.The 1978 Chicago Bears came the closest to having a 1000 yard duo without succeeding, when Walter Payton finished with 1,305 yards but Roland Harper fell 8 yards short of 1,000 with 992. That would have made them the first NFC team with a 1,000 yard rushing duo. The 1973 Cincinnati Bengals came almost as close without having even one 1,000 yard rusher, with Essex Johnson finishing with 997 yards and Boobie Clark finishing with 988 yards.

Memphis Tigers football statistical leaders

The Memphis Tigers football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Memphis Tigers football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Tigers represent the University of Memphis in the NCAA's American Athletic Conference.

Although Memphis began competing in intercollegiate football in 1912, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1947. Records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1947, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Tigers have played in eight bowl games since this decision, with a ninth now assured in 2018, giving many recent players an extra game to accumulate statistics.

The Tigers have played in the American Championship Game twice, in 2017 and 2018. Normally, this gives players in those seasons yet another game to accumulate statistics. However, the Tigers were unable to play one of their originally scheduled games in 2017 due to disruptions resulting from Hurricane Irma.These lists are updated through the 2018 American Championship Game.

Ronnie Harmon

Ronnie Keith Harmon (born May 7, 1964) is a former professional American football player. After a standout career at the University of Iowa in the Big Ten Conference, he played for 12 seasons (1986–1997) in the NFL. A 6 foot tall, 220-lb. running back, Harmon was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the 1st round (16th overall) of the 1986 NFL Draft.

Harmon was better known for his receiving rather than his rushing capabilities, a reputation he earned after committing four fumbles, all of which resulted in turnovers, in a 45-28 loss for Iowa against UCLA in the 1986 Rose Bowl Game.

Harmon played four seasons with the Buffalo Bills. In his final game with Buffalo, a 1989 AFC Divisional Playoff game at the Cleveland Browns, Harmon dropped a potential game-winning touchdown pass from Jim Kelly with :09 left in the fourth quarter.Harmon also played in Super Bowl XXIX for the San Diego Chargers in their 49-26 loss against the San Francisco 49ers, a game in which he led his team in receiving with 8 receptions for 68 yards. Ronnie's brothers Kevin and Derrick also played in the NFL.

Harmon is the only player in NFL history to average 4.5 yards per carry on 600 rushing attempts AND 10 yards per catch on 550 receptions. He is also one of only five running backs to ever gain over 10,000 all-purpose yards and have less than 20 fumbles, the other four players being Charlie Garner, Brian Westbrook, Priest Holmes and DeAngelo Williams.

Harmon was a consensus all-city football player at Bayside High School in Bayside, Queens in New York City.Ronnie's brother Kevin replaced him at running back after his graduation from Iowa.

School of the Legends

School of the Legends, LLC (School of the Legends, SOTL or SOTLNFL) was founded in August 2009 as a private online community for current and former NFL athletes. The company is based in Nashville, Tennessee. SOTL is the Official Social Network and Training Partner of NFL Players, the marketing arm of the National Football League Players Association.

Smash and Dash

Smash and Dash may refer to:

Smash and Dash, the former nickname for the duo of Tennessee Titans running backs LenDale White and Chris Johnson

Smash and Dash, the former nickname for the duo of Carolina Panthers running backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, later known as "Double Trouble"

Wynne, Arkansas

Wynne is the county seat and largest city of Cross County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 8,367 at the 2010 Census. Nestled between the Arkansas Delta and Crowley's Ridge, Wynne is the closest city to the second largest state park in Arkansas, Village Creek State Park.

Wynne High School

Wynne High School is a public secondary school for students in grades nine through twelve located in Wynne, Arkansas, United States. It is one of two public high schools in Cross County and the sole high school administered by the Wynne School District.

In addition to Wynne it also serves Parkin, since the former Parkin School District merged into the Wynne district on September 7, 2005.

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