Washington State halfback James Williams announced Saturday that would forgo his senior year at WSU and enter the NFL Draft.
The California native first took the field for WSU in 2016 appearing in all 13 games. In fact, he had not missed a single game since appearing in a grand total of 39 contests in crimson and grey threads.
“The WSU family helped guide me from a high school senior with a blown knee and uncertain academic situation to this incredible place in my life. I am 2 semesters away from my bachelors degree (AND PROMISE I WILL FINISH IT); I have been part of the most winningest four-year stretch – and the single-best season – in WSU football history; and I met my soulmate and fiancé Rye here on the Palouse,” Williams wrote in his official twitter post.
Fresh off his junior campaign, Williams tallied up 16 total touchdowns – 4 by air – on 5.74 yards per touch. He was without a doubt one of WSU’s most versatile offensive weapons after pulling in 82 passes breaking the Pac-12 record for single-season receptions by a running back.
“After having a fantastic season and improving his production across the board, I would have loved to have James back for his senior year,” WSU’s running backs coach Eric Mele told CSN. “We’ll miss him on and off the field and wish him the best of luck.”
Max Borghi – soon to be sophomore – will presumably play the workhorse role in WSU’s back field come 2019. Borghi tallied 8 rushing and 4 receiving touchdowns during his true freshman campaign. His 12 touchdowns tied Deon Burnett (1999) for the most scores by a Cougar freshman in a single season.
The Cougars have a history of making up their ideal backfield by committee; however, with the departure of Keith Harrington to graduation, depth at the halfback position remains fairly uncertain.