2020-21 Football Roster
#23 Kyren Williams
Hometown Saint Louis, MO
High School St. John Vianney
HONORS & AWARDS
- ACC Running Back of the Week (Clemson, 2020)
- CPOY November Watch List
- ACC Running Back of the Week (Week One, 9/12/2020)
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2020)
- DUKE: In his first-career start, marked 112 rushing yards on 19 carries (5.9 avg.) and 2 TDs, as well as two receptions for 93 yards (75 long) with 91 YAC, in the season-opening win vs. Duke (9/12); eclipsed the 100-yard rushing plateau for the first time in his career and was the first Notre Dame player since at least 1996 to reach the 90-yard mark in both rushing yards (112) and receiving yards (93) in a single game; rushed for two touchdowns and took a screen pass 75 yards, the longest pass play of the day on either side of the ball; totaled the most all-purpose yards (205) among all FBS players in Week One. Williams led all FBS players in yards-per-reception (46.50) in Week one. Ranked second in rushing yards and fourth in receiving yards among all ACC players in Week One, also ranking third in the ACC in scoring (12 points) and second in total touchdowns.
- SOUTH FLORIDA: Started and rushed 10 times for 62 yards (15-yard long), adding two receptions for 10 yards, in the 52-0 win vs. South Florida (9/19).
- FLORIDA STATE: Started and had 19 carries for 185 yards (65-yard long, 9.7 avg. yards per carry) and two TDs, as well as two receptions for 11 yards, totaling 196 all-purpose yards in the win vs. Florida State (10/10); shattered his previous career-high mark of 112 yards set vs. Duke in the season-opener, rushing for 185 yards vs. Florida State. His 185 rushing yards rank as the fourth-highest in a single game by any ACC player this season, and the most by any freshman or sophomore ACC player this season (Williams is an academic sophomore, a freshman in eligibility). Entering the game, Florida State allowed just 141.3 rushing yards per game. Williams surpassed that total on his own by more than 40 yards; his 185 yards vs. Florida State rank as the ninth-most in a single game among FBS players this season, and the fourth-most in a single game this week in the FBS. His total is also the highest for a Notre Dame player since 2018. Williams is currently averaging 119.7 yards per game, the third-best mark in the ACC and seventh-most among all FBS players; Williams posted 117 yards on five carries, including runs of 65 and 46 yards, in the first quarter. The last time an Irish player rushed for more yards on five or fewer carries was Josh Adams vs. Miami (OH) in 2017 (151 yards); Williams was responsible for 10 of Notre Dame’s 15 rushing first-downs on Saturday; his 65-yard run in the first quarter was the longest rush of his career, and his performance marked the second time this season (and in his career) he has broken the 100-rushing-yard plateau.
- LOUISVILLE: Earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors for the third time this season out of four total games. Williams now ranks second in the ACC and sixth in the FBS in rushing yards per game (121.5) and third (ACC) and eighth (FBS) in all-purpose yards (151.2). In a grind game vs. Louisville, Williams showcased his power run ability, plowing for 127 rushing yards against a defense that had only allowed 156.8 rushing yards per game entering the matchup with the Irish. He also blocked on Louisville’s blitz packages, allowing QB Ian Book to rush for 47 yards, as well as buy time in the pocket.
- PITTSBURGH: Rushed 17 times for 38 yards and a touchdown, catching three passes for 37 yards, in the 45-3 win at Pitt (10/24).
- GEORGIA TECH: Rushed 15 times for 76 yards and two touchdowns in the 31-13 win at Georgia Tech (10/31), marking his third multi-TD game of the season (previously vs. Duke, vs. Florida State). Was responsible for seven of Notre Dame’s 24 first downs, posting three plays of 10 or more yards, and two of 19 or more yards. Was one of just five ACC players to rush for two or more touchdowns on the weekend, and the only freshman to reach the mark.
- CLEMSON: Named ACC Running Back of the Week for his performance in the 47-40 2OT win over then-No. 1 Clemson (11/7); Posted 23 rushes for 140 yards (65-yard long) and three touchdowns, marking his first three-touchdown game. He is the second Irish player to rush for three touchdowns in a single game this season (Ian Book vs. South Florida). Posted 140 yards against the third-ranked rushing defense in the ACC, as Clemson entered Saturday allowing just 99.9 rushing yards per game. Prior to the game, Clemson’s defense had allowed just three rushing touchdowns all season. Williams single-handedly doubled that figure. Williams broke through for a 65-yard rush on the first official play of the game’s opening drive, tying his career-long rush (Florida State) and marking the longest scoring rush of his career. Only one player in the ACC this weekend had a longer scoring rush. Williams surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark with a five-yard run on Notre Dame’s final drive of the first half. His second and third TDs of the day, coming in overtime, making the game his first-career three-rushing-TD day, and his fourth-career game with multiple rushing touchdowns (all occurring this season). Williams contributed six of Notre Dame’s 22 first downs on the day.
- BOSTON COLLEGE: Posted nine rushes for 37 yards and four receptions for 37 yards in the 45-31 win at Boston College (11/14).
FRESHMAN SEASON (2019)
- Saw action during the first four games of the season — Louisville, New Mexico, Georgia and Virginia
- Rushed four times for 26 yards and caught one pass for three yards
- Returned a pair of kickoffs, totaling 35 yards
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA
- Enrolled at Notre Dame and began taking classes in January 2019
- No. 380-ranked overall player nationally, No. 22 running back nationally and No. 6 player from Missouri by 247Sports.com
- No. 28 running back nationally and No. 9 player from Missouri by ESPN.com
- No. 36 running back nationally and No. 6 player from Missouri by Rivals.com
- 2018 Missouri Football Coaches Association First Team All-State
- 2018 Missouri Football Coaches Association Class 5 Offensive Player of the Year
- Helped St. John Vianney to the 2018 Class 5 Missouri State Championship
- Responsible for 354 total yards, including a state-championship game record 289 yards rushing, in the state final victory
- 2,035 rushing yards, 725 receiving yards and 40 total touchdowns as a senior in 2018
- Played for coach Paul Day at St. John Vianney High School