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#27 Josh Williams Season 2024

Position
Running Back
Height
5'9
Weight
195
Class
Graduate Student
Hometown
Houston, Texas
High School
The Kinkaid School
Experience
4L

2023 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2023 LSU Master’s Degree (Business)
2023 Hampshire National Honor Society (National Football Foundation)
2022 LSU Bachelor’s Degree (Marketing)
2022 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2021 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2020 SEC Academic Honor Roll

Returns for a sixth season with the Tigers in 2024 … The only remaining member of the 2019 national championship team still active with the Tigers … Former walk-on to the team that has since earned a scholarship and become one of LSU’s most reliable running backs … Has worked his way up from the scout team when he first arrived on campus to being one of the leading rushers for the Tigers … Has rushed for 1,011 yards and 11 TDs on 191 carries during his career … Joined the team as a walk-on in 2019 and was awarded a scholarship after preseason camp in 2020 …Turned down offers to some smaller Division I schools to attend LSU, a team that he was a huge fan of growing up … Has proven to be a dependable back, both running the ball or in pass protection … Equally as accomplished in the classroom, earning SEC Academic Honor Roll honors 4 times … Has earned 2 LSU degrees – a Bachelor’s in marketing in December of 2022 followed by a Master’s in business administration in December of 2023 … Team leader both on and off the field … Brian Kelly said of Williams, “he doesn’t have to say anything. He leads by setting a positive example in all that he does. He sets the foundation for the principles and standards of our program and serves as a great role model for our younger players.” … Has appeared in 47 games with 10 starts … Part of a group of LSU players who participated in the school’s Study Abroad program in May of 2023, spending 10 days in Senegal … Delivered the keynote speech at LSU’s annual “Tribute”, a graduation exercise for student-athletes held the night before graduation, in December of 2022 … Recipient of the 2022 Percy E. Roberts Offensive Player of the Year Award for LSU … LSU’s nominee for the 2023 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award.

SENIOR SEASON (2023)
Appeared in 13 games and started the final 4 games of the season … Rushed for 284 yards and 5 TDs on 55 carries … Caught 14 passes for 194 yards and a score … Rushed 12 times for season-high 51 yards in win over Wisconsin in the ReliaQuest Bowl … Topped the 1,000-yard mark for his career in win over Badgers … Scored 2 TDs (1 rushing, 1 receiving) in win over Auburn … Had a 41-yard run in second quarter vs. Arkansas to setup LSU’s first points of the game … Scored on a 2-yard run early in third quarter against Alabama to put the Tigers up 28-21 … Started the scoring for the Tigers in win over Florida with a 1-yard TD run in first quarter … Caught a short pass across the middle and turned it into a 45-yard gain that setup a third quarter TD, putting the Tigers up 24-14 over Florida … Started a second half comeback in win over Texas A&M with a 1-yard TD in third quarter … LSU outscored the Aggies, 28-6 from that point on in the 42-30 victory.

JUNIOR SEASON (2022)
LSU’s starting running back … Led all LSU running backs in rushing yards with 532 to go along with 6 TDs … Rushed for career-best 118 yards and a TD on 18 carries in win over Arkansas … Had first 100-yard game of career in win over Florida with 106 yards on 14 carries … Received game ball in locker room following win over Florida … Rushed for 76 yards and a TD in helping LSU to a 45-20 win over then-No. 7 and undefeated Ole Miss … Followed that with 54 yards and a TD in win over No. 6 Alabama … His 2-yard TD run vs. Alabama came late in third quarter and put the Tigers up 14-9 … Other rushing TDs came against Southern, Mississippi State and Tennessee … Ranked among team leaders in receiving with 21 receptions for 132 yards … Named game team captain three times.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2021)
Played all 13 games, seeing action at running back and on special teams … Rushed 23 times for 107 yards … Caught 5 passes for 11 yards … Had best game of season against Kansas State in the Texas Bowl, rushing for 32 yards on 7 carries … Had a long run of 11 yards vs. Kansas State … Had 24-yard run on third-and-4 late in the fourth quarter against Florida that setup LSU’s game-winning touchdown … Carried 4 times for 16 yards in win over McNeese.

REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON (2020)
Played in all 10 games, seeing action at running back and kickoff returns … Rushed for 88 yards on 22 carries … Led LSU in rushing in the season-finale victory over Ole Miss with 55 yards on 12 carries … Had 30 yards on eight carries in win over Vanderbilt … Returned two kickoffs for 37 yards, including a long of 28 yards, against Ole Miss.

TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON (2019)
Member of the scout team during LSU’s national championship season … Did not see any game action.

Josh Williams’ Career Highs
Rushing
Rushing attempts: 18 at Arkansas, 2022
Rushing yards: 118 at Arkansas, 2022
Rushing TDs: 1, 6x (Last: at Arkansas, 2022)
Long rush: 50 vs. at Florida, 2022

Receiving
Receptions: 4 vs. Mississippi State, 2022
Receiving Yards: 46 vs. Army, 2023
Receiving TDs: 1 vs. Auburn, 2023
Long Reception: 45 vs. Florida, 2023

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