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Miami Hurricanes NFL Draft Profile: FB Marquez Williams

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Marquez Williams looks to create running room in the NFL

Florida A&M v Miami Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

Measurements: five foot ten, 280 pounds

Hometown: Athens, Georgia

High School: A two-sport athlete at Clarke Central High School in Athens, GA (track and field, football)

College: Signed with Mars Hill University (NC), Division II member of the NCAA, in 2012, where he was a three-year starter. Recognized as a 2015 All-South Atlantic Conference first team member.

College All-Star Game: 2017 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl (National Team)

Miami Days

A graduate transfer this season at Miami, Williams played the 2016 season as a redshirt senior. Given that Mark Richt used to coach at the University of Georgia (which was in a close proximity to where Williams grew up), and with Miami’s depth at fullback in question entering the 2016 season, it appeared fated that Richt would bring Williams in for at least a season.

Lining up in the backfield, Williams looks to make his living decleating and imposing his will on defenders when he churns through the line of scrimmage. He started in 5 of UM’s 13 games this past season. With a single carry during his time as a Hurricane, Williams primary objective was to block defenders.

Leading up to the draft, Williams participated in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Los Angeles. He also worked out at the University of Miami’s Pro Day at the end of March, where he trimmed down to 259 pounds, 21 pounds down from his listed playing weight of 280. Williams put the bar up 28 times on the bench press and recorded a 38-inch vertical in the morning portion of the workout. According to several sources, Williams ran a 40-yard dash time in the neighborhood of 4.70–4.73.

Best Game Film

Florida A&M vs Miami Hurricanes September 3rd, 2016

Snagged a four-yard pass for a touchdown in the first game of the season.

Cool Facts

  • Earned his degree in social work at Mars Hill University and is pursuing his masters in public administration at the University of Miami.
  • Was named the Hard Hitter of the Year on offense at UM’s Annual Football Awards ceremony

Williams is the classic run-blocking fullback that tucks his head down and clears a path for the running back. He doesn’t need carries to be appeased, and he has good enough hands coming out of the backfield to be a threat as a checkdown option in the passing game.