Green Wave begin implementing game plan for Tulsa during Wednesday's practice
Green Wave conducts a 19-period practice at the Saints Indoor Facility
Green Wave cap action with two-and-a-half hour, 20-period practice at Saints Facility
Green Wave closes out season at Houston this weekend
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Keith Williams enters his third season as the receivers coach and begins his first season as the out-of-state recruiting coordinator for the Green Wave in 2014.
Williams was instrumental in the success of Ryan Grant, who finished his career in the top-five in many major receiving categories before being drafted by the Washington Redskins in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Grant wrapped up his career with 196 receptions, good for fifth in school history, while his receiving yards total of 2,769 also ranks fifth. The native of Beaumont, Texas, native tallied 21 career touchdowns, tied for sixth in school history, and he ranked in the top 10 in school history in 100-yard receiving games (tied for third with 12) and yards per reception (10th at 14.12).
Williams' receiving corps as a whole combined for 156 receptions, totalling 1,877 yards (12.0 avg.) and 18 touchdowns.
In Williams' first season at Tulane, he played a key role in helping Grant to one of the great single season efforts in school history with 76 receptions for 1,149 yards and six touchdowns. Under Williams' direction, Grant, a first-team All-Conference USA selection, logged seven 100-yard games, including a career-best 184-yard performance, and also hauled in a career-high 13 receptions. Grant etched his name among the school's single season leaders in the school record book. His yardage total ranks third while his reception total is fifth.
As a group during the 2012 season, TU's receiving corps combined for 186 receptions for 2,656 yards (14.3 avg.) and 19 touchdowns, and accounted for eight receptions of 50+ yards, including a season-long 79-yard touchdown strike by Marc Edwards in Tulane's win over SMU.
Williams, 42, comes to Tulane after spending three seasons in the same capacity at Fresno State. During his time with the Bulldogs, he coached Jalen Sanders to first team All-Western Athletic Conference honors in 2011 and Jamel Hamler to second team All-WAC honors in 2010 after Hamler led the team with 812 yards and six touchdowns. In 2009, Williams led the growth and development of Fresno State's outstanding senior corps, which was led by second-team All-WAC pick Seyi Ajirotutu.
Before that, Williams spent the 2008 season with the San Diego Chargers in a minority internship coaching position.
From 2005 to 2008, Williams coached at San Jose City College and led the Jaguar's offensive attack as both the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.
In 2001, Williams began a four-year stint as the receivers coach for San Jose State under head coach Fitz Hill, where he tutored four Spartans, who ranked among the SJSU record books for most career receiving yards. Under Williams' tutelage, Edell Shepherd set the Spartan's single season record for receiving yards (1,500) and touchdowns (14), both in 2001.
Williams served as the receivers coach at Solano College in 2000.
As a collegian, Williams was a talented receiver at San Diego State from 1991-1993 and he also competed for the Aztecs' track and field team. He was a part of the Aztecs Freedom Bowl team in 1991.
Following his collegiate career, Williams signed a free agent contract with the Washington Redskins and later played professionally in both the World League of American Football and for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League.
A native of Lima, Ohio, Williams earned his bachelor's degree in public administration from San Diego State in 1996.
Williams and his wife, Ayana, have two children, including a son: Keyan (17), who is a freshman at Fresno State, and a daughter: Kaya (11).