Former Texas A&M junior running back Trayveon Williams tweeted tonight that he has signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, the team that selected him in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
I sign my first NFL contract and It’s official to say I am a Cincinnati Bengal. I am beyond blessed to be in this position through all the sacrifices and dedication was ultimately for this. The journey just now begins, God is good.
Williams left A&M as the school’s third-leading rusher all time with 3,615 yards in his three season. He moved into third place on the Aggies’ career rushing list this season behind only Darren Lewis (5,012 yards, 1987-90) and Curtis Dickey (3,703, 1976-79). He set the Aggies’ single-season rushing record with 1,760 yards this season on 271 carries, which broke Lewis’ 1988 record of 1,692 yards.
The second-team preseason all SEC pick led the SEC in rushing this year with 1,524 yards and 15 touchdowns during the regular season and earned first team all Southeastern Conference honors. The 5-foot-9, 200-pound junior was over 200 yards ahead of his nearest competitor for the title. He was a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation’s top running back. It was the second time he had topped 1,000 yards in his A&M career as he also rushed for 1,057 yards as a freshman.
Williams came to A&M from Houston C.E. King in the class of 2016. A four-star prospect, he was once an early TCU commit before switching to the Aggies near the end of his senior season. In his first season, he became the first-ever true freshman at A&M to run for over 1,000 yards.
The Draft Network discussed Williams prior to the season.
Although shorter, Williams frame is not frail. Has the burst and quick feet to get through creases up front, doesn’t need a large gap to get to the second level. Can redirect as needed behind the line of scrimmage, vision is generally strong and can find backdoor creases to get north. Has enough acceleration to bounce and win the edge when the defense over-commits inside.
Here’s what we had to say about Williams during our post season review of the running back position.
A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher decided after his arrival on campus last year that Williams could be a 20 carry a game back that could also stay on the field all three downs. To do that, Williams needed to add mass to generate another yard or two to finish his runs, hold up under the pounding that 20 touches a game would entail, fight his and become a more physical blocker. Williams’ long runs actually dropped off as he the Aggies had just seven runs of over 30 yards this season as opposed to 23 of them in his first two seasons.
However, Williams stayed on the field more with 21 carries a game in 2018 in comparison to 2016 and 2017 when he was between 12 to 15 carries a game. It resulted in another 1,000 yard campaign but this time he led the SEC in rushing with 1,524 yards and 15 touchdowns while maintaining a 6.05 per carry average. He also became a reliable pass catcher in the screen game and averaged ten yards on 27 receptions who could stalemate linebackers on blitzes in pass protection. He closed the season with 583 yards rushing in his last three games.
Williams made everyone around him better by assuming a leadership role in the spring with his dedication off of the field and translating that into productivity. He helped out a young offensive line until they started to find their stride. He improved himself as a runner down the stretch with his patience. He was a true three down back who also could power his way through in short yardage and goal line situations. For all intent and purposes, Williams WAS A&M’s running game in 2018 and in the process inserted himself into the discussions regarding who is the best back in A&M history.