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LSU Football Player Profile: No. 23 Darrel Williams

Josh breaks down Tiger Blitz's No. 23 player in our Top 25 LSU football player profile series, running back Darrel Williams.

Position: Running Back
Size: 6-0, 232 
High School: John Ehret


A four-star recruit out New Orleans, Darrel Williams was the only other running back in LSU’s 2014 class to sign with the Tigers. In his senior year at John Ehret High School, Williams broke a single-season rushing record for yards and touchdowns. He originally committed to Arizona State but eventually flipped to the Tigers. He also turned down offers from SEC schools such as Tennessee, Florida, and Georgia. 

2015 recap

Williams was often used in short yardage situations and sometimes lined up at fullback. He played in all 12 games last season and had his best game against South Carolina, rushing for 61 yards and adding two touchdowns.

Where he fits

Everyone knows that LSU coach Les Miles love to run the ball, and his physical running style is everything Miles wants in a tailback. If not for Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice, he could easily be a starter at another power five school, Williams possess good speed and can run over defenders.


With an already loaded backfield it’ll be hard for Williams to get a lot of playing time, but he’ll continue to be the go-to-guy for the Tigers to get an extra yard or two. However he could see an increased workload just so Miles and company can keep Fournette and Guice fresh for a potential college football playoff run. 

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