Nov. 17, 2009
New Orleans - Tulane University senior Jeremy Williams has received invitations to play in both the Under Armour Senior Bowl and the East-West Shrine Game head football coach Bob Toledo announced today.
The 61st Annual Senior Bowl, taking place on Saturday, January 30, 2010 in Mobile, Alabama, while the 85th Annual East-West Shrine Game will take place on January 23, 2010 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
Williams, a 6'1', 205-pound flanker/kickoff returner from Baytown, Texas, has amassed 1,555 all-purpose yards through 10 games this season, including 156 rushing yards, 992 receiving yards and 407 kick-off return yards. He has five touchdown receptions and one score on an 88-yard kickoff return against UTEP. Williams is averaging 155.5 all-purpose yards per outing, which ranks fifth among Conference USA players and is 16th nationally.
He leads the Wave with 72 receptions and has four 100-yard and one 200-yard receiving games. He currently ranks first among C-USA players and seventh nationally for receiving yards per game with 99.20, while his 7.20 receptions per game is tied for third in the league and tied for 11th nationally. He has touched the ball 125 times for 1,555 yards for an average of 12.4 yards per play.
Williams is listed among the top-20 receivers listed on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List, which is presented annually to the nation's top receiver, for his performance this season.
With two games remaining, Williams already has the most receiving yards since Roydell Williams' 1,006 yards in 2003. Jeremy Williams is eight yards shy of becoming just the sixth player in school history to record 1,000 receiving yards in a single season.
"We are really pleased for Jeremy because he has worked extremely hard to put himself in position to receive invitations to both the Senior Bowl and the East-West Shrine Game," Toledo said. "Jeremy is the third player we've had selected to the Senior Bowl since I have been the head coach at Tulane and I think it's great recognition for our football program. He worked very hard rehabbing during the offseason to overcome the two injuries he suffered last year and he did a great job of preparing himself for a really good senior season. I think he will have a great career in the NFL."
Forté also earned MVP honors for his Senior Bowl performance, becoming the first Tulane player to earn individual honors from the Senior Bowl since quarterback Patrick Ramsey was named South Offensive MVP in 2002. Ramsey was later drafted in the first round by the Washington Redskins and is currently a member of the Tennessee Titans organization.
Of Tulane 44 previous Senior Bowl participants, 36 have been drafted by NFL teams and 33 have gone on to play professional football, including Tulane's last two participants- Matt Forte in 2007 and Troy Kropog in 2008. Forte was a second round draft pick by the Chicago Bears, while Kropog was a fourth-round pick by the Tennessee Titans.
The Senior Bowl is a week-long pre-NFL draft event, culminating in a bowl game, played in Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium. With teams made up of premier collegiate seniors and top NFL draft prospects, the North and South squads are coached entirely by NFL staffs. Also part of the week's events are practices, which are attended by over 800 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from the 32 National Football League teams.
Williams is the 15th Tulane player to receive an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine game since 1937, and the first since quarterback Lester Ricard in 2007. Former Green Wave first team All-American Marc Zeno as the only Tulane wide receiver to play in the event.
Other Green Wave notables include Rodney Holman (1982), Eric Laakso (1978), Charles Hall (1974), Tommy Mason (1960), Tommy O'Boyle (1941) and Bucky Bryan, who was the first TU player to play in the East-West Shrine game in 1937.
The East-West Shrine Game is the oldest and one of the most respected of the post-season collegiate bowl games. Since 1925, the game has been known for the quality of the players and coaches, as well as for the excitement of great college football action.
Every year since 1925, the East-West Game has been played to raise funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children and to raise awareness about the expert orthopedic, burn, spinal cord injury rehabilitation, and cleft lip and palate care, available at no charge to patients and families, through the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children.
The players themselves regard the game in a special light, as they learn the true purpose of the game during a pre-game visit to the Shriners Hospital in Tampa, Florida.