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Player Profile: Sherman Williams

From the Cowboys*96 Media Guide
(July, 1996)

Sherman Williams
Running Back #20
5'8" * 191 * 8/13/73
D-2a for '95 * 2nd Year

The Cowboys search for a reliable back-up for Emmitt Smith ended when they drafted Sherman Williams in the 1995 NFL Draft. Williams, the 46th overall selection, is a compact back who has powerful lege, great field instincts and catches the ball well, the same characteristics as Smith. Williams showed coaches that he can step in and not cause the offense to miss a beat with his explosiveness and his break away speed. He is the second Alabama running back Dallas has drafted since 1993 (Derrick Lassic) and the fifth 'Bama player ever drafted by the Cowboys.

1995: Williams took advantage of his limited playing time in 1995, finishing second on the team with 205 rushing yards on 48 carries with one touchdown. He also caught three passes for 28 yards. Williams picked up 11 yards on his first career carry at the N.Y. Giants (9/4) and finished the game with 46 yards on nine attempts. Against Arizona (9/4) and finished the game with 46 yards on nine attempts. Against Arizona (9/24), Williams ripped off his longest carry of the year when he scored his first NFL touchdown from 44 yards out. He carried eight times against the Cardinals for a career-high 79 yards. He registered a career-long 24-yard reception against San Francisco (11/12), and he carried the ball a season-high 11 times for 44 yards against Kansas City (11/23) after Smith sprained his left knee in the third quarter. In Williams' first postseason action, he rushed for 30 yards on 10 carries against Philadelphia (1/7/96) in the Cowboys' Divisional Playoff Game victory.

GAMES/STARTS (regular season, playoffs): 1995 (11/0, 2/0)

COLLEGE: Williams finished his Alabama career with 2,486 yards rushing, fifth on the all-time Tide rushing chart, on 535 career carries-third on the Tides' all-time list. His 27 rushing touchdowns is the fourth highest in Alabama history, and he is only the fourth 'Bama player to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season with 1,341 yards his senior year. Williams, a finalist for the Doak Walker Award, rushed for 1,341 yards as a senior, the second-best season total in school history., His 291 carries broke the Tide season record of 238. Williams finished the season averaging 138.5 all-purpose yards-per-game, 16th best in the country. As a junior, Williams opened the year with five straight 100-yard games and finished the season with 738 rushing yards on 168 carries with nine touchdowns. During his sophomore campaign, Williams tallied 299 yards on 64 rushed, scoring eight touchdowns for the national champion Crimson Tide.

PERSONAL: A sports fitness management major, Williams was named all-state by the Alabama Sportswriters Association as a senior when he led Blount High School in Mobile, AL, to the Class 5A state title. During his senior season, Williams rushed for 3,004 yards and 31 touchdowns, becoming the first player in Alabama prep history to rush for over 3,000 yards in a season.

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