NMSU Football BIO
28 Chris Williams

2007 (Junior): Williams started the Aggies first eight games before suffering a season ending injury to his shoulder. In just eight games, Williams caught 56 passes for 772 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also returned five kicks for 116 yards and six punts for 100 yards. Despite missing five games, Williams was named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, an award going to the nation’s top wide receiver. Williams also earned second all-WAC honors as voted on by the WAC coaches. Williams started the season catching at least one touchdown in the Aggies’ first five games, including two against Southeastern Louisiana (8/30) in the Aggies season opener. Against in-state rival New Mexico (9/8) Williams caught 10 passes for 120 yards and three touchdowns, as he recorded his eighth 100-yard receiving game and the fourth double digit reception game of his career. He also added 86 yards in kick-off returns. Williams then made history against UTEP (9/15) with nine receptions for 221 yards and two touchdowns. He became just the fifth player in school history to record over 200 yards receiving and the first since 2003.  Versus Auburn (9/22) he collected his third straight 100-yard receiving game with 109 yards on nine receptions. He also recorded his ninth touchdown reception of the season against the Tigers. Against Louisiana Tech (10/13) Williams tied the school record for career games with a 100 yards receiving (11) with 170 yards on 11 receptions. He also grabbed two touchdowns, giving him 11 on the season and making it the season straight season Williams has recorded double digit touchdown receptions. He is just the second Aggie football player to accomplish that feat. Also on the season, Williams recorded three games with 200 yards or more in all-purpose yards.


2006 (Sophomore): Williams was the Aggies’ top receiver in 2006, playing in all 12 games. He became the ninth player in school history to earn All-American honors as he was named to the SI.com All-America Honorable Mention team. Williams led the nation in receiving yards per game (117.9) and catches per game (7.66).  His 1,861 all-purpose yards also ranked fourth in the nation. He was also the only Aggie to be named first team all-WAC. Williams led the Aggie receiving corps in with a school records for receptions in a season (92) and receiving yards in a season (1,425). Williams’ became just the third player in school history to record over 1,000 yards receiving in a single-season and the first Aggie player to go over 1,000 yards receiving since 1995. He also led the team in touchdown receptions (12), which is second all-time in a single-season. Williams also broke the school record for most 100-yard receiving games in a season with seven, including a 13 reception, 191 yard performance against No. 15 Boise State (10/15), which is sixth all-time for receiving yards in a single-game. He led the team in scoring with 72 points on the year and moved into the top-10 for a career in pass receptions (104), reception yards (1,512) and touchdown receptions (12). In his first career start, Williams caught a then career-high seven receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown versus Southeastern Louisiana (8/31). He then broke his career-best in receptions against UTEP (9/30) with 10 catches and a touchdown. Williams then put together a three game streak of 100-yard receiving games with 111 yards versus Idaho (10/7), 191 against No. 15 Boise State and 160 versus Hawaii (10/21). He then recorded the same feat during the Aggies’ last three games with 121 receiving against Fresno State (11/11), 161 versus Utah State (11/25) and 140 in the season finale versus Louisiana Tech (12/2). Williams also tallied two multi-touchdown games catching a career-high three touchdowns versus Utah State (11/25) and two against Hawaii (10/21). His first career touchdown came against Southeastern Louisiana on a 37-yard pass from Chase Holbrook. Williams was also part of the longest play and reception in school history on a 96-yard touchdown pass from Holbrook against Idaho (10/7). Williams was also the Aggies leading kick returner with 301 kick-off return yards on 13 attempts and 92 yards on six returns on the punt team.


2005 (Freshman):  Chris played in ten games, while starting in three of those games for the Aggies. He gained 12 yards rushing, caught the ball 12 times for 97 yards, and had a total of 207 yards on kick returns. His longest kick return came against nationally ranked Cal (9/23) when he ran the ball back 94 yards for a touchdown. That return was featured as one Chris Berman’s ESPN Play’s of the Week. It also ranks as the 13th longest return in Aggie history. Chris also caught three passes for 45 yards against Cal, where he attained his longest catch of the season for 36 yards. He had a season-high four receptions at Louisiana Tech (10/1). He had a season-high three kick returns where he gained 52 yards against Nevada (11/12). Chris ranked third on the team in kick returns and finished the season with 316 all-purpose yards which came to an average of 31.6 yards per game.


High School:  Williams ran for nearly 2,100 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior in 2004 at Rio Rancho High School, earning first team All-State honors. He scored 26 rushing touchdowns, three receiving touchdowns and returned three kicks for touchdowns in 11 games. He is also an outstanding track athlete, scoring 26 points at the 2005 Class 5A state championships. He won the 200-meter dash, the high jump and was a member of the state champion 4x100-meter relay team. He also won the state high jump and 200-meter dash title in 2003 & 2004.


Personal: Chris was born September 16, 1987 and is the son of Wallace and Carol Williams. He is undecided in his major.


Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 163
Year: Senior
City/State: Rio Rancho, NM
High School: Rio Rancho HS
Experience: 1 Letter

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