Tulane's Jeremy Williams receives his South MVP award following the Under Armour Senior Bowl (From left to right. Jeremy Williams, LaBarron McClendon (Senior Bowl Game Captain), Jimmy Cain (Zone Manager for Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated).
Feb. 4, 2010
New Orleans - Tulane University senior receiver Jeremy Williams capped off his college career in grand fashion on the national stage as he was named the South Team MVP following his 109 all-purpose yard outing (27 rushing, 82 receiving) in a 31-13 loss to the North Team in front of a sold out crowd (40,646) in Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium at the 2010 Under Armour Senior Bowl on Jan. 30.
After torching opposing defenses the last four years, Williams made quick work of some of the top defenders in college football. On his lone rushing attempt of the game, he took an end-around 27 yards, which proved to be the longest rushing play of the day, and he caught a game-best six receptions for 82 yards with the longest play of 37 yards coming from the arm of Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson.
Williams joins former Green Wave standout quarterback Patrick Ramsey (2001 offensive MVP) and All-America running back Matt Forte (2008 game MVP) as the only Tulane players to collect Senior Bowl MVP honors.
"It was great opportunity for me to play in the Senior Bowl," Williams said. "There have been many players from Tulane that have been selected to play in the Senior Bowl so it was an honor for me to represent my school. Heading into the game, I really didn't know how many looks I would get, but I focused on doing my best with routes, blocking and playing without the ball. It was very surreal to be named MVP. Overall, it was a very good experience for me heading into the NFL Combine and the NFL Draft.
"Coach Toledo and our football staff came over to watch me during the practice week so it was great to see them. Our style of offense at Tulane was the same style we ran at the Senior Bowl, so playing at Tulane has helped me prepare for the next level with the pro-style offense.
A 6-1, 201-pound wideout from Baytown, Texas, Williams was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection this season. He reeled in 84 passes for 1,113 yards and seven touchdowns. His 92.8 receiving yards per game ranked fourth in C-USA this season and twelfth in the nation. Williams' best game of the year came against UTEP when he totaled 324 all-purpose yards, which ranks third in Tulane single-game history and is tied for third in the country this year. His career high 222 receiving yards against McNeese State this season also ranks third in Tulane single-game history.
Williams finished his career ranked fourth in school history in receptions (197) and receiving yards (2,807). He ranks seventh on Tulane's list in touchdown catches (19) and fifth in 100-yard receiving.
Williams joined classmate Andre Anderson as the school's first-ever tandem to surpass 1,000 rushing (Anderson) and receiving (Williams) yards in the same season.