Duke Football BIO
37 Johnny Williams
2011: Enters the fall as a starting cornerback ... last year, made a successful transition into the defensive backfield after two years at wide receiver ... has excellent speed and skill level ... experienced kick-off and punt returner ... played 128 snaps in the defensive secondary last year ... in 30 career games, has returned 15 punts for 115 yards (7.7) and 20 kickoffs for 413 yards (20.6) ... in two seasons (2008-09) as a wide receiver, caught 61 passes for 712 yards and one TD.
2010: Played in eight games ... missed action against Army, Maryland, Georgia Tech and North Carolina due to injury ... carded nine tackles and four PBUs ... had season-highs of three tackles and two PBUs in the season-opening win over Elon ... returned two punts for seven yards ... on the field for 141 total snaps including 128 defensive plays.
2009: Academic All-ACC selection ... played in 11 games with seven starts at wide receiver ... missed the Miami game due to injury ... finished fourth on the team with 31 receptions for 385 yards ... caught a 54-yard TD pass in the season-opener against Richmond ... returned 13 punts for 108 yards (8.3) and 20 kickoffs for 413 yards (20.6) ... played 485 total snaps including 403 offensive plays.
2008: Played in 11 games with eight starts on the year ... missed the Miami tilt due to injury ... tallied 30 receptions for 327 yards on the year ... ranked second on the team in both receptions and yards ... in week two, caught 11 passes for 135 yards against Northwestern to earn ACC Rookie of the Week honors (9/8) ... the 11 catches ranked tied for fourth by a freshman nationally in 2008 while establishing a Duke single-game record for rookies ... the 135 receiving yards stand as the second-highest single-game total by a Duke freshman behind Walter Jones' 139 yards against The Citadel in 1988 ... played 443 total snaps including 438 on offense.
Prior to Duke: Three-year letterman at Leroy under Danny Powell ... named first team all-state and all-county as a junior ... led Leroy to back-to-back Alabama AA state championships (2006-07) and a combined 39-4 record in three seasons ... caught 25 passes for 265 yards as a senior despite missing five games ... posted 893 receiving yards, 312 rushing yards and 15 TDs as a junior ... finished prep career with 1,694 receiving yards, 658 rushing yards and 22 total TDs ... also played basketball ... named all-county on the hardwood.
Personal: Son of William and Claudette Williams ... born September 18, 1989 ... majoring in visual arts with a minor in sociology.