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Williams during his tenure with the Lions in the 2011 season.
|No. 35, 34|
|Date of birth:August 14, 1986|
|Place of birth: Lafayette, Louisiana|
|Undrafted in 2010|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Washington Redskins ( 2010– 2011)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* BCS National Champion (2008)|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Keiland Terrell Williams (born August 14, 1986) is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played college football at Louisiana State University.
He also played for the Detroit Lions.
Williams began his prep career at Broussard middle school in Broussard Louisiana, then began his high school career at Northside High School in Lafayette, Louisiana, where he rushed for more than 2,500 yards and 30 touchdowns in his junior season. Williams was the Number three running back in the nation and number one in the state. He completed his eligibility at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia, where he became the first running back in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards a season, finishing with 160 carries for 1,325 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was teammates with Vidal Hazelton, Jerrell Powe, and John Jerry.
Williams was a highly sought recruit. After verbally committing to Louisiana State in January 2006 but refusing to sign on National Signing Day, Williams finally signed his letter of intent to LSU on February 10, 2006.
Playing as a true freshman in 2006 for LSU, Williams rushed for a total of 436 yards on carries and 5 touchdowns. At the 2007 Sugar Bowl versus Notre Dame Williams rushed for 107 yards on 14 attempts, scoring 2 touchdowns. Over the course of his career at LSU, Williams rushed for 1,699 yards on 299 carries and scored 17 rushing touchdowns. He also had 28 receptions for 273 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Williams was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent following the 2010 NFL Draft. Although he had no carries in the regular season, Williams was activated for the week 5 game against the Green Bay Packers to back up Ryan Torain, who started for the injured Clinton Portis. He had career highs with 89 yards rushing and two scores and 50 yards receiving and one touchdown in a 59-28 loss to Philadelphia.
He was waived on September 3, 2011.
The Detroit Lions claimed Williams off of waivers on September 4, 2011.
The Lions released him on October 18, 2012.
Second Stint with Redskins
- McCosky, Chris (October 18, 2012). "Why Keiland?". DetroitNews.com. Archived from the original on October 22, 2012. https://web.archive.org/web/20121022090923/http://blogs.detroitnews.com/lions/2012/10/18/why-keiland/. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
- Tinsman, Brian (October 23, 2012). "Redskins Sign Williams, Release Grant". Redskins.com. http://www.redskins.com/news-and-events/article-1/Redskins-Sign-Williams-Release-Grant/b61cc7aa-b49b-4697-847d-18b654148b98. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
- Jones, Mike (October 23, 2012). "Redskins bring back RB Keiland Williams, cut Ryan Grant". WashingtonPost.com. https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/football-insider/wp/2012/10/23/redskins-bring-back-rb-keiland-williams-cut-ryan-grant/. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
- Jones, Mike (August 31, 2013). "Redskins cuts: Tony Pashos, DeJon Gomes, Chase Minnifield among them". WashingtonPost.com. https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/football-insider/wp/2013/08/31/redskins-part-with-offensive-tackle-tony-pashos-others-as-cutdown-day-begins/. Retrieved 2013-08-31.