The only Golden Panther to ever catch more than 200 passes in a career, Chandler Williams has not only proven to be a capable possession receiver, but also showed flashes of brilliance on punt and kickoff returns. In 2006, he became the first FIU receiver to finish a season ranked in the top 10 nationally, finishing ninth with an average of 6.7 receptions per game.
His career ended on a sour note, as the Sun Belt Conference office and the school's administration suspended him for the Alabama and Louisiana-Monroe games for his involvement in the Miami-FIU on-field brawl. During that contest, Williams was ejected after he dove helmet-first at prone Miami defender safety Kenny Phillips following a first-quarter interception.
Williams was a standout athlete at Miami Senior high School, where he earned eight varsity letters, including three in football, two in basketball and track and one in badminton. He was named the football team's Offensive MVP as a junior and senior with 36 receptions for 578 yards in 2001 and completing 88-of-209 passes for 890 yards and 300 rushing yards as a senior quarterback. He also participated in the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Program.
Williams played in 10 games as a true freshman in 2003 at Florida International, starting once. He caught 29 passes for 460 yards (15.9 avg) and two touchdowns, adding a nine-yard rush and two tackles. In 2004, he started three of 10 contests. He would finish second on the team with 46 receptions for 525 yards (11.4 avg) and three touchdowns. He also had 19 kickoff returns for 412 yards (21.7 avg) while adding 27 yards on three reverses.
As a junior, Williams took over flanker duties. He earned All-Sun Belt Conference second-team honors as he led the team and ranked second in the league with 61 receptions for 870 yards (14.3 avg) and two touchdowns. He also rushed twice for 25 yards. Despite his suspension, Williams caught a career-high 67 passes for 664 yards (9.9 avg), but had just one touchdown in 2006. He returned four punts for 86 yards (21.5 avg) and a score, adding 130 yards on seven kickoff returns (18.6 avg).
In 41 games at FIU, Williams started 24 contests. He set the school career record with 203 receptions and finished second in school annals with 2,519 yards (12.4 avg), including eight touchdowns. He returned six punts for 90 yards (15.0 avg) and a score, adding 542 yards on 26 kickoff returns (20.8 avg). He rushed nine times for 52 yards (5.8 avg) and recorded eight tackles (seven solos).
Positives: Has quick feet, good change of direction agility and the vision to avoid defenders...Makes sharp open-field cuts and has the second gear to separate after the catch...Demonstrates suddenness accelerating through his routes and gets to top speed in a hurry...Possesses good plant and cut agility with good lateral speed...Has that natural release to elude the press, but will get rerouted if a defender attacks his jersey...Can reinforce coverage with his foot speed and sinks his hips and comes off his plants in an instant to freeze defenders...Separates from the secondary after the catch and shows good focus maintaining contact on the ball in flight...Makes natural adjustments to the ball on returns...Has soft hands, catching the ball outside the framework...Runs crisp routes, showing the body control and extension to get to off-target throws...Good at locating soft areas on the field and has a knack for sticking and driving through his patterns to find the seam in the zone...His juking and jittery moves after the catch allows him to escape and he shows willingness to go for the ball in a crowd...His initial burst generally will stretch the defense...Can handle return duties in an emergency...Has the balance to adjust to the ball in flight and does a nice job of extending his arms to catch outside his frame...Can turn up field quickly thanks to sharp cutting agility...Will take a hit in order to get to and hold on to the ball...Has a good feel for coverage and does a good job of slipping under arm tackles.
Negatives: More of a deceptive runner than one with true explosiveness, despite his timed speed (more slippery when trying to elude)...Has good toughness, but his lack of bulk gets him pushed around a bit, especially vs. the press or on underneath routes... While he shows good effort as a blocker, he needs to finish off his hits rather than supply only glancing blows...Relies on moves, rather than linear speed to escape the defenders, despite good timed speed...If reached, a defender is quick to shut him down...Will compete for jump balls, but lacks the strength to out-muscle most defenders...not afraid to take a hit, but tends to body catch the ball when he hears the defender's footsteps.
Compares To: FRED MILONS-ex-Philadelphia...The hands appear natural, but his slight frame and lack of strength sees him get jammed often at the line of scrimmage. He is never going to beat the press at the next level and has to rely on his hip shake and burst to elude. Despite his speed, he wasn't used much on out routes and, while he will battle for the ball in a crowd, he will get ping-ponged quite a bit due to his size.
Holds the school career record with 203 receptions, topping the old mark of 185 by Cory McKinney (2002-05)...His 2,519 yards receiving rank second in school annals behind McKinney's 2,745...His 870 yards receiving in 2005 is topped only by McKinney's 890 (202) on the school's single-season record list...Set the FIU single-season record with 61 catches in 2005, surpassing McKinney's old mark of 58 in 2004...Williams then broke his own record with 67 receptions in 2006...His 11 receptions vs. Troy in 2006 set a school single-game record.
All-Sun Belt Conference second-team choice...Started nine of ten games at flanker, missing the Alabama and Louisiana-Monroe contests under league and school suspension for his part in the Miami-FIU brawl...Led the team with a school season-record 67 receptions for 664 yards (9.9 avg), including one touchdown...Ranked ninth in the nation with an average of 6.7 catches per game...Gained 86 yards on four punt returns (21.5 avg) with a score...Added 130 yards on seven kickoff returns (18.6 avg), but lost 9 yards on three rushing attempts...Turned the ball over once on two fumbles.
Second-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection who caught at least two passes every game...Took over flanker duties, leading the team with a then school season-record 61 catches for 870 yards (14.3 avg) and two touchdowns...Gained 25 yards on two reverses and returned one punt for 6 yards...Also made one solo tackle.
Played in ten games, starting three times at flanker...Finished second on the team with 46 receptions for 525 yards (11.4 avg) and three touchdowns...Added 412 yards on 19 kickoff returns (21.7 avg) and rushed three times for 27 yards (9.0 avg)...Fumbled the ball twice.
Appeared in ten games as a true freshman...Caught 29 passes for 460 yards (15.9 avg) and two touchdowns...Rushed once for 9 yards and recorded two tackles...Turned the ball over once on a fumble vs. Stephen F. Austin...Had seven receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown vs. Georgia Southern...Followed with 101 yards and a score on seven grabs vs. Stephen F. Austin...Had six catches for 132 yards vs. Gardner-Webb.
Campus: 4.5 in the 40-yard dash.
Combine: 4.5 in the 40-yard dash...1.6 10-yard dash...2.59 20-yard dash...4.29 20-yard shuttle...11.4 60-yard shuttle...6.99 three-cone drill...32.5-inch vertical jump...10'3" broad jump.
Attended Miami (Fla.) Senior High School, playing football for head coach Earl Tillman...Standout athlete, earning eight varsity letters, including three in football, two in basketball and track and one in badminton...Named the football team's Offensive MVP as both a junior and senior with 36 receptions for 578 yards in 2001 and completing 88-of-209 passes for 890 yards and 300 rushing yards as a senior quarterback...Also participated in the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Program.
Criminal Justice major, with a minor in Sports Management major...Son of Chandler Williams, Jr...Born 8/09/85...Resides in Miami, Florida.