USU football: Two Aggies heading to NFL Combine

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 19 2013 4:27 p.m. MST

Former Utah State football players — cornerback Will Davis and running back Kerwynn Williams — will participate in the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, which will begin February 23 in Indianapolis, Ind.

In all, 333 players were invited to the combine, including 60 defensive backs and 38 running backs.

The 2013 Scouting Combine is the annual job fair for prospective new NFL players. For six days at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, players are put through a series of drills, tests and interviews with more than 600 NFL personnel. The 2013 NFL Draft is slated for April 26-28.

Beginning Thursday, Feb. 21, the NFL Network and NFL.com will broadcast live from Lucas Oil Stadium, providing an up-close look at the more than 330 NFL prospects looking to take the next step in their careers. Live coverage of on-field workouts begins Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7:00 a.m. (MT) with the offensive linemen, tight ends and kickers; and continues with the running backs, quarterbacks and wide receivers on Sunday, Feb. 24; linebackers and defensive linemen on Monday, Feb. 25; and defensive backs on Tuesday, Feb. 26. Coverage of workouts begins each day at 7:00 a.m. (MT).

Both Davis and Williams earned All-American honors following their senior seasons at Utah State as Davis was named a third-team All-America by CBSSports.com, a fourth-team All-America by Phil Steele and an honorable mention All-America by SI.com. Williams was also named an honorable mention All-America by SI.com.

Davis, a 6-foot-0, 186-pound cornerback from Spokane, Wash. (Central Valley HS/DeAnza College), finished the 2012 season ranking tied for second in the nation in passes defended (1.69 pg) and tied for 17th nationally in interceptions (0.38 pg). Davis concluded the season with 17 pass breakups, three quarterback hurries, 4.5 tackles for loss and 64 total tackles (46-solo, 18-assist), as he ranked 35th in the WAC with 4.9 tackles per game.

As a senior, Davis registered five interceptions to rank as the most by a USU player since 2003, and those five picks came in consecutive games, which is the longest streak by a USU player since 1973. Davis also returned an interception 59 yards for a touchdown against Idaho, which was USU's first pick-six since 2007. In all, Davis' 100 interception return yards in 2012 rank tied for the seventh-most in a single season in school history.

Williams, a 5-8, 189-pounder from Las Vegas, Nev. (Valley HS), finished his senior season at Utah State 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 receptions (45) and receiving yards (697), while tying for first in receiving touchdowns (5). He 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 plays of 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 18 carries 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 also ranks 11th all-time in 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).

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.

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