April 27, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State All-American running back Kerwynn Williams became the second Aggie picked in the 2013 NFL draft as he was selected in the seventh round by the Indianapolis Colts with the 230th pick. Williams joins USU All-American defensive back Will Davis who was taken in the third round by the Miami Dolphins with the 93rd overall pick. All-time, Utah State has now had 116 players selected in the NFL Draft.
With its two NFL Draft picks in 2013, Utah State has now had six players selected in the past three years. USU has also now had three running backs drafted into the NFL in the last two years, which is the most by any football program in the nation. During the 2012 NFL Draft, USU running back Robert Turbin was taken in the fourth round by the Seattle Seahawks with the 106th pick and fellow running back Michael Smith was taken by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the seventh round with the 212th pick. Overall, USU is the first program to have three running backs drafted in a two-year span since USC in 2010-11.
All-time, Williams is the fourth Utah State player to be drafted by the Colts organization joining running back Jack Hill in 1956 (13/151), offensive guard Gary Lund in 1958 (30/356) and defensive back Ocie Austin in 1968 (10/257). However, Williams is the first Aggie to be drafted by the Colts since it moved to Indianapolis in 1984.
Williams, a 5-8, 189-pounder from Las Vegas, Nev. (Valley HS), was named an honorable mention All-America by SI.com and a first-team all-Western Athletic Conference honoree during his senior season in 2012 as he finished the year ranking 10th in the nation in all-purpose yards (171.2 ypg), 13th in rushing (116.3 ypg) and tied for 20th in scoring (9.2 ppg). Williams rushed for 1,512 yards in 2012 to rank fourth all-time at USU for a single-season. He also ranked second all-time in school history in a single-season in points scored (120), second in total touchdowns (20), third in rushing touchdowns (15) and third in rushing average (6.9 ypc).
Williams also finished his senior season ranking second on the team in both receptions (45) and receiving yards (697), while tying for first in receiving touchdowns (5), and set the single-season school record for receiving yards by a running back, while his 45 receptions are the second-most by a running back in a single-season in school history. Williams also had 29 explosive plays (20-plus yards) on the year with 21 runs and eight receptions, including eight rushes and three receptions of 50-plus yards.
In his final collegiate game, Williams was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl as he rushed for a career-high 235 yards on just 18 carries (13.1 ypc) with three touchdowns in Utah State's 41-15 win against Toledo. Williams, who ended the 2012 season with four-straight 100-yard rushing games, was also named to the CBSSports.com 2012-12 All-Bowl team for his performance against the Rockets.
For his career, Williams is the Utah State and WAC record holder with 6,928 all-purpose yards (2,515-rushing, 870-receiving, 3,408-kick returns, 135-punt returns), which ranks 11th all-time in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) history. He also ranks first all-time in school history in kickoff return yards (3.408), seventh in rushing yards (2,515), seventh in rushing touchdowns (22) and seventh in total touchdowns (28), while ranking fifth all-time in career rushing average (6.6 ypc).
Utah State had its most successful season in school history in 2012 as it went 11-2 and set school records for wins (11) and home wins (6), while recording just its second bowl win in school history with a 41-15 victory against Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. USU also won its first outright conference championship since 1936 and just its third in school history joining the 1921 and 1936 teams that both won Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference titles.
Nationally, Utah State was one of just 19 teams to finish the 2012 season with 11 or more wins and USU was one of just four teams across the country who did not lose a league game joining Ohio State (8-0) from the Big Ten and Kent State (8-0) and Northern Illinois (8-0) from the Mid-American Conference.
Utah State ended the 2012 season nationally ranked for just the third time in school history as it finished the year ranked 16th in the Associated Press poll, 17th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll and 22nd in the Bowl Championship Series standings.
Utah State also finished the 2012 season winning its final seven games, which is tied for the fourth-longest active winning streak in the nation and tied for the third-longest winning streak in school history.
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