Williams, 5-8, 188 pounds, was Denver's top draft choice in 2005 and set a Big 12 Conference career record at Oklahoma State University with five interceptions returned for a touchdown. One of four collegiate players since 1996 to record double-digit career interceptions (11) and score at least five times on those returns, Williams also returned three punts for touchdowns in 41 career games (32 starts).
He was a Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist (best defensive back) and a consensus first-team All-Big 12 choice as a junior in 2003, tying for 13th in the nation with six interceptions (130 yds.). Williams returned two of those interceptions for touchdowns and scored twice that year on punt returns against Louisiana-Lafayette to mark the most punt-return scores in a game by an OSU player in school annals.
Last season, Williams averaged 27.7 yards on nine punt returns, including one returned 59 yards for a touchdown. He started 13 games as a sophomore and returned the first two interceptions of his career for touchdowns (85 and 20 yds.) as a true freshman in a 2001 game against Baylor.
Williams was a three-time all-district selection in football at O.D. Wyatt High School in Fort Worth, Texas, where he was tabbed district 7-4A Defensive Most Valuable Player as a senior. A high school All-American in track (Track and Field News), Darrent Williams was born Sept. 27, 1982, in Fort Worth.
He reportedly received a $1.3 million signing bonus.
Running back Maurice Clarett will reportedly earn the league minimum of $230,000 this year, without a signing bonus. He will receive $410,000 in workout bonuses spread over the final three years of a four-year contract which also includes incentives for reaching yardage totals that could bring the total up to $7 million.
Clarett, 5-11, 234 pounds, played one year at Ohio State as a true freshman in 2002, setting Buckeyes freshman records for rushing yards (1,237), touchdown runs (16), 100-yard games (7) and total points (108). Named Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year and first-team all-conference among many accolades, Clarett helped Ohio State capture the national championship with its win against Miami in the Fiesta Bowl.
The Youngstown, Ohio, native became the first Ohio State true freshman since 1943 to start its season opener, posting 176 rushing yards and three touchdown runs in his college football debut against Texas Tech. Clarett averaged 121.9 all-purpose yards per game in 11 contests (9 starts), adding 12 receptions for 104 yards (8.7 avg.) with two touchdowns to 1,237 rushing yards on 222 carries (5.6 avg.) with 16 touchdowns.
Clarett, who eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark in six of his first seven games in 2002, posted the second-best single-game rushing mark by a freshman in school history with a 230-yard effort against Washington State. He ran for two touchdowns in the national championship game against Miami, including a 5-yard scoring run that clinched the Buckeyes' 31-24 double-overtime win against the Hurricanes.
Named USA Today Offensive Player of the Year as a senior at Warren Harding High School in Youngstown, Ohio, Clarett finished his prep career with 4,675 rushing yards and 65 touchdowns. Maurice Clarett was born Oct. 29, 1983, in Youngstown, Ohio.
Myers, 6-5, 300 pounds, was a versatile three-year starter for the University of Miami who recorded starts at both guard positions, right tackle and center as a two-time all-conference choice. He played 45 games (38 starts) in four seasons with the Hurricanes, closing out his career by starting 38 consecutive games and allowing only 4.5 sacks during that span.
The Miami native started all 12 games at right tackle as a senior in 2004 to earn second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference recognition. A second-team All-Big East Conference selection in 2003, Myers started 10 games at left guard and three at center that season to help the Hurricanes' offense post 5,134 yards and 42 touchdowns.
Myers emerged as a 13-game starter at right guard during his sophomore season in 2002 as part of a Miami team that played for the national championship in the Fiesta Bowl. He was credited with allowing one sack that season on a Hurricanes offensive line that surrendered only 11 sacks on the year.
At Palmetto High School in Miami, Myers was a Miami Herald Class 6A-5A all-state offensive lineman and was rated the No. 6 offensive lineman in the state by the Florida Times-Union. Chris Myers received a bachelor's degree from Miami and was born Sept. 15, 1981, in Miami.
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