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Kyren Williams

Kyren Williams
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Williams with Notre Dame in 2021
No. 23 – Los Angeles Rams
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (2000-08-26) August 26, 2000 (age 23)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:St. John Vianney
(Kirkwood, Missouri)
College:Notre Dame (2019–2021)
NFL draft:2022 / Round: 5 / Pick: 164
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Rushing yards:1,283
Rushing average:4.9
Rushing touchdowns:12
Receptions:41
Receiving yards:282
Receiving touchdowns:3
Player stats at PFR

Kyren Lawrence Williams (born August 26, 2000) is an American football running back for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Notre Dame and was selected by the Rams in the fifth round of the 2022 NFL draft.

Early years

Williams grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and attended St. John Vianney High School.[1] Williams rushed for 922 yards and 22 touchdowns and also had 51 receptions for 774 yards and 12 touchdowns in his junior season.[2] As a senior, Williams rushed for 2,035 yards and 26 touchdowns caught 55 passes for 725 yards and was named the St. Louis Metro Area Offensive Player of the Year. He also recorded 92 tackles, eight tackles for loss, five sacks and eight interceptions on defense.[3] Williams was rated a three-star recruit and committed to play college football at Notre Dame over offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Stanford and Wisconsin.[4][5]

College career

Williams joined the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as an early enrollee.[6][7] As a true freshman in 2019, he played in the first four games of the season before sitting the rest of the year in order to preserve an extra year of eligibility, rushing for 26 yards on four carries and catching one pass for three yards.

Williams was named Notre Dame's starting running back going into his sophomore year in 2020.[8][9] He was named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Running Back of the Week for the first week of the season after rushing 19 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns while also catching two passes for 93 yards.[10] Williams finished the season with 1,125 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns on 211 carries while also catching 35 passes for 313 yards and one touchdown and was named second-team All-ACC, the ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year, and the overall ACC Rookie of the Year.[11]

On December 10, 2021, Williams declared for the 2022 NFL draft.[12]

College statistics

Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Season Games Rushing Receiving
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
2019 4 0 4 26 6.5 14 0 1 3 3.0 3 0
2020 12 12 211 1,125 5.3 65 13 35 313 8.9 75 1
2021 12 12 204 1,002 4.9 91 14 42 359 8.5 55 3
Career 28 24 419 2,153 5.1 91 27 78 675 8.7 75 4

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
5 ft 9+14 in
(1.76 m)
194 lb
(88 kg)
28+58 in
(0.73 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
4.65 s 1.57 s 2.69 s 4.33 s 7.07 s 32.0 in
(0.81 m)
9 ft 8 in
(2.95 m)
All values from NFL Combine/Pro Day[13][14]

Williams was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the fifth round (164th overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft.[15] On June 7, 2022, it was announced that Williams had suffered a broken foot in practice and had undergone surgery.[16] After not playing in the preseason, Williams On September 8, 2022, he suffered a high ankle sprain on the first kick return in the Rams' season-opening 31–10 loss to the Buffalo Bills.[17] He was placed on injured reserve on September 13, 2022.[18] He was designated to return from injured reserve on October 26, 2022.[19] He was activated from injured reserve on November 12, 2022.[20] As a rookie, Williams appeared in ten games and received significant offensive snaps in eight of them. For the season, he recorded 35 carries for 139 yards and nine receptions for 76 yards but did not score a touchdown.[21]

In the 2023 season opener against the Seattle Seahawks, Williams carried 15 times for 52 yards and scored his first two career touchdowns in a 30–13 win on the road.[22] The following week at home against San Francisco, he supplanted Cam Akers as the Rams' starting running back and had 14 carries for 52 yards and a touchdown while also catching six passes for 48 yards and another touchdown in the Rams' 30–23 defeat. He became the first player in franchise history to score multiple touchdowns in each of his first two games of a season.[23] On the road at Indianapolis in Week 4, Williams recorded his first career 100-yard rushing game, totaling 103 yards on 25 carries with two touchdowns in the Rams' 29–23 overtime victory against the Colts.[24] During Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals, Williams finished with a season-high 158 rushing yards and a touchdown on 20 carries as the Rams won 26–9 but sprained his left ankle in the process.[25] He was placed on injured reserve on October 21, 2023.[26] He was activated from injured reserve on November 25, 2023, after missing four games.[27] Returning to the starting lineup in Week 12 at Arizona, Williams finished with 143 rushing yards on 16 carries, 61 receiving yards on six catches with a pair of touchdown receptions as the Rams won 37–14. This performance earned Williams NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors,[28] and was the start of an impressive six-game stretch in which he averaged 5.3 yards per carry and 114.7 yards per game. Williams ran 21 times for 88 yards and a touchdown in a 36–19 win over the Cleveland Browns, then had 114 yards on 25 carries in a 37–31 overtime loss at the Baltimore Ravens.[29][30] Against the Washington Commanders, Williams had 27 carries for 152 yards and a touchdown run in the Rams' 28–20 victory.[31] Four days later, Williams turned in his third straight 100-yard rushing game, totaling 104 yards (including a 10-yard TD) on 22 carries as the Rams defeated the visiting New Orleans Saints 30–22.[32] In the game, Williams became the first Rams running back to surpass 1,000 yards rushing since Todd Gurley in 2018.[33] In Week 17 at the New York Giants, Williams had just 87 yards on 20 carries but scored a career-high three touchdowns in the Rams' playoff-clinching 26–25 victory.[34] The following week, Williams was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career.[35] He was named as a second team All-Pro.[36] Williams was held out of the Rams' 21–20 victory over San Francisco in the final week of the regular season.[37] He finished the 2023 season with 228 carries for 1,144 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns to go along with 32 receptions for 206 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns in 12 appearances and 11 starts.[38]

NFL career statistics

Legend
Led the league
Bold Career high

Regular season

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Y/G Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2022 LAR 10 0 35 139 4.0 13.9 17 0 9 76 8.4 15 0 0 0
2023 LAR 12 11 228 1,144 5.0 95.3 56 12 32 206 6.4 24 3 3 2
Career 22 11 263 1,283 4.9 58.3 56 12 41 282 6.9 24 3 3 2

Postseason

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Y/G Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2023 LAR 1 1 13 61 4.7 61.0 15 0 1 9 9.0 9 0 0 0
Career 1 1 13 61 4.7 61.0 15 0 1 9 9.0 9 0 0 0

References

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  2. ^ Sampson, Pete (July 18, 2018). "Service-minded and spiritual, Kyren Williams is committed to Notre Dame in more ways than one". The Athletic. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
  3. ^ Kvidahl, David (December 24, 2018). "Offensive player of the year: Vianney's Williams will not be denied". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
  4. ^ Kvidahl, David (June 21, 2018). "Vianney's Williams commits to Notre Dame". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
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  6. ^ Farmer, Douglas (June 29, 2019). "Notre Dame 99-to-2: No. 23 Kyren Williams, early-enrolled freshman running back". NBC Sports. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
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  20. ^ @RamsNFL (November 12, 2022). "LA Rams Transactions: • Waived, No Recall RB Malcolm Brown • Activated, from Reserve DB Quentin Lake, G Coleman Shelton, RB Kyren Williams • Activated, from Practice Squad TE Jared Pinkney" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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