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Ryan Williams (American football)

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No. 34 Dallas Cowboys
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-04-09) April 9, 1990 (age 25)
Place of birth: Cold Spring, New York
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Career information
High school: Stonewall Jackson
College: Virginia Tech
NFL draft: 2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38
Career history
Roster status: Practice squad
Career highlights and awards
  • ACC Rookie of the Year (2009)
  • First team All-ACC (2009)
Career Template:If empty statistics as of 2013
Rushing yards: 164
Rushing average: 2.8
Touchdowns: 0
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Ryan Gene Williams (born April 9, 1990) is an American football running back for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia Tech.

Early years

Williams attended Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas, Virginia. He was the starting tailback all four years. He finished with over 2,000 rushing yards, including 1,574 yards as a junior.

College career

As a freshman at Virginia Tech in 2008, Williams was redshirted. As a redshirt freshman in 2009, Williams took over as starting running back after starter Darren Evans suffered a season-ending ACL injury.[1] Through thirteen games he rushed for 1,655 yards on 293 carries, scored 21 touchdowns, and broke multiple Virginia Tech and ACC rushing records in the process - including Virginia Tech's single season rushing yards record and the ACC single season touchdown record with 22 touchdowns.[2] He began the 2010 season as a starter but injured his right hamstring in a game against East Carolina University and was out for four games before coming back against Duke.

On January 9, 2011, it was announced that Williams will give up his final 2 years of NCAA eligibility to make himself available for the 2011 NFL Draft.[3]


Year Team Att Yards Average TDs Receptions Yards TDs
2008 Virginia Tech
2009 Virginia Tech 293 1,655 5.6 22 16 180 1
2010 Virginia Tech 110 477 4.3 10 10 109 1
College Totals 403 2,132 4.9 32 26 289 2

Professional career

Arizona Cardinals

In the 2011 NFL Draft, Williams was selected in the 2nd Round, 38th overall by the Arizona Cardinals.

On August 19, 2011 during a pre-season football game against the Packers, Williams was injured early in the third quarter in his first run of the game. He suffered from a ruptured patella tendon in his right knee and missed the entire 2011 season.

Williams was released on May 12, 2014.

Dallas Cowboys

Williams signed with the Dallas Cowboys on May 19, 2014.[4]

Ryan Williams was cut on August 30th by the Dallas Cowboys. He cleared waivers and was signed to the team's practice squad the following day.


  1. ^ Hokies tap RB Williams to start vs. Tide
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  3. ^ King, Randy (January 10, 2011). "Hokies' Williams opting for NFL". The Roanoke Times. 
  4. ^ Patra, Kevin (May 19, 2014). "Ryan Williams signed by Dallas Cowboys". Retrieved 2014-07-27. 

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