WORTH NOTING: Big play threat ... one of the team's captains this fall ... made a big move last season ...his 58 catches and 767 yards are the most by a Cavalier wide receiver since Billy McMullen snared 69 passes for 894 yards in 2002 ... the 58 receptions are tied for fifth in school history and third most by a wide receiver ...became the 26th player in school history with 1000 career receiving yards; is currently ranked 17th with 1150 yards ... one of three players on the team, including Fontel Mines and John Phillips, to score a touchdown on the first catch of his career.
HONORS: 2005- Honorable mention All-ACC ... first-team All-State by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association and by the Roanoke Times ... received the Speed Elliott Award as UVa's Most Improved Player.
AT VIRGINIA: 2005-Had a breakout year ...started every game ... named honorable mention All-ACC, missing the second team by just one vote ... 58 receptions for 767 yards and seven touchdowns ...second in the ACC with seven touchdown catches ... third in the league in receiving (4.83/g) and fourth in yards (63.9/g) ... tied for 61st nationally in receptions and ranked 71st in yards ...40 of 58 receptions (.690) went for either a first down or touchdown ... led the team in receiving on six occasions ... got off to a strong start in the opener vs. Western Michigan and was named the team's offensive player of the week after catching five passes, a career high at the time, for 79 yards ... three of his catches were good for first downs ...tied his career high quickly the next game vs. Syracuse with five catches in the first quarter alone ... finished with seven catches for 61 yards to lead the team ... three went for first downs, and four came on third down ... celebrated his 20th birthday with a big game against Duke ... hauled in two touchdown passes for his first multi-touchdown game ... became the first UVa wide receiver to catch two touchdown passes in a game since 2003 ...after leading the team with a five-catch, 62-yard performance vs. Maryland, he led once again with six receptions for 78 yards against Boston College ... five of his catches went for a touchdown or first down ...was injured early in the win over Temple and saw his seven-game receiving streak end, but he made up for it with a colossal performance in the win over Georgia Tech ...finished with 10 receptions for 107 yards and scored the touchdown that put the Cavaliers up 10 in the fourth quarter ... that was the best by a UVa wide receiver since Billy McMullen finished with 10 catches for 122 yards vs. Penn State in 2001 ...had another monster game against Miami with six catches for 152 yards and two touchdowns ... hauled in a long pass from fellow receiver Emmanuel Byers and raced to the end zone to complete a 90-yard touchdown play in the first quarter ... that is the longest play from scrimmage ever against the Hurricanes ...also scored UVa's final touchdown on a fine effort to get his body inbounds to complete his second multi-touchdown game of the year ... five of his receptions in that game went for a touchdown or first down ...caught a team-high six passes for 88 yards and one touchdown in the Music City Bowl win over Minnesota ... five of his six receptions went for a touchdown or first down ...scored UVa's first touchdown on a six-yard pass play late in the first quarter ...lettered.
2004--Appeared in 10 games with five starts ... injuries caused him to miss two games (Syracuse, Georgia Tech) ... ... fourth on the team in receiving with 19 catches for 261 yards ... his average of 13.9 yards per catch was tops among the wide receivers ...12 receptions (.632) went for either a first down or touchdown ...led the team in receiving on two occasions ... caught three balls for 38 yards against Temple ...led the team with 57 yards on two catches against North Carolina ...both went for first downs ... had a 47-yard reception, his longest of the season ...two grabs for 20 yards, both for first downs, against Akron ...played a major role in the Thursday night win over Clemson ... caught five passes for 83 yards, both season highs, to lead the team ... four catches resulted in first downs ... three receptions for 34 yards vs. Florida State ... caught a 4-yard touchdown pass against Duke ... caught single passes against Duke, Maryland, Miami and Virginia Tech ... lettered.
2003--Saw extensive action as a true freshman ... played in 10 games ... caught eight passes for 122 yards and one touchdown ...made his debut vs. Western Michigan and had an immediate impact ...hauled in a 35-yard touchdown toss from Marques Hagans in the second quarter on his first collegiate reception ... caught two passes for 12 yards in the win over Wake Forest ... acrobatic 19-yard reception for a first down vs. Clemson ...had a 24-yard catch for a first down against Florida State ...12-yard catch and a 23-yard end around vs. N.C. State ...caught two passes for 20 yards vs. Georgia Tech ... lettered.
HIGH SCHOOL: Dynamic athlete who excelled in football and track & field ... played his senior season at Suitland HS for head coach Nick Lynch ... caught 35 passes for 689 yards and seven touchdowns his senior season and was named All-State, first-team Washington Post All-Met and first-team All-County by the Prince George's Journal ... also scored touchdowns on a punt return and an interception return to help lead Suitland to the county title in its first postseason appearance in three years ... caught 31 passes for 750 yards and five touchdowns as a junior at Bishop McNamara H.S. ... caught 23 passes for 410 yards as a sophomore ... also a standout defensive back who intercepted two passes that season while making 47 tackles ... listed as the 16th-best player in the Mid-Atlantic region by SuperPrep ... ranked 97th nationally among wide receivers by TheInsiders.com ... 3-Stars by Rivals.com ... honorable mention All-Atlantic region by PrepStar ... No. 15 player in Maryland by Rivals.com ... standout track & field performer ... Washington Post All-Met Outdoor Track team as a senior as his school won the state championship ... scored 30 of his team's 132 points at the state meet with top-three finishes in four events ... won county championships in three events--300m hurdles, high jump, long jump, and was named the meet's outstanding performer ... won three events (55m hurdles, high jump, long jump with meet record 23'2") during the county indoor track and field championships his senior year ... named Athlete of the Year by the Prince George's Journal as a junior for outdoor track and field after winning county titles in 110m hurdles and the long jump; regional titles in 110m hurdles, 300m hurdles and high jump and a state title in the 300m hurdles ...named first-team All-County in indoor track and field by the Prince George's Journal after winning the 2002 state title in the 55m hurdles ... also played basketball ... Honor Roll student.
PERSONAL: Deyon Omar Williams ... born 9-24-85 in Washington, D.C. ... son of Debra and Ricky Williams ... has an older brother, Lauren, who was a wide receiver at Liberty University and graduated last year ... both parents ran track in college ... mother graduated from St. Augustine's (N.C.), while father attended Hampton University ... anthropology major.