Visiting teams wins for fifth consecutive season in in-state battle.
UNLV: The top freshman running back in the conference and one of the top rookie runners in the nation is back after shattering the school record for net rushing yards by a freshman … A speedy back with great vision, he will be part of one of the top rushing attacks in the league and is listed No. 1 at tailback following spring practice.
2016: Earned his first letter as a Rebel by playing in all 12 games … Started four of the last five outings … Led the Rebels with 763 net rushing yards, which broke James Wofford’s UNLV freshman record of 624 yards set in 1997 … The total of 763 yards ranked ninth in the nation among all freshmen and 25th among all players who have ever worn the Scarlet & Gray … Also caught four passes for eight yards … Led the team in kickoff returns with 24 attempts for 422 yards for an average of 17.6, which ranked 10th in the Mountain West … Ranked 113th in the FBS with 99.4 all-purpose yards per game … Made his Rebel debut by rushing for 96 yards on just 12 carries in a victory over Jackson State on Sept. 1 … Also picked up his first UNLV touchdown in that game when he scampered 17 yards into the end zone vs. JSU … Scored another touchdown at Central Michigan on Sept. 17 when he recovered a blocked punt in the end zone to tie the game at 7 … Posted a season-high 153 yards on just 18 carries, including a five-yard touchdown, in a win over hometown school Fresno State on Oct. 1 … Picked up his second 100-yard game at San Jose State when he finished with 141 on a season-high 22 carries … Against the Spartans, he took a handoff and raced 75 yards into the end zone to give his team a 7-3 lead … Also returned four kickoffs for a 17.6-yard average and caught four passes for eight yards.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2016 graduate of Bullard HS where he was a two-year letterwinner under coach Don Arax ... Ranked as a three-star recruit by Rivals, 247Sports and Scout. Named Fresno Bee’s Co-Offensive Player of the Year as a senior ... Two-time County/ Metro Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year ... Rushed for 2,142 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior, which both rank as the second-most in the school’s single-season history ... Amassed 3,580 total rushing yards in two years on varsity, which is the second-most rushing yards all-time ... Scored 48 career touchdowns, which tied a school record ... Also is a standout on the track team and was the Valley champion in the 200 meter sprint as a junior.
PERSONAL: Charles Billy Dee Williams Jr. was born in Fresno, CA ... The son of Emma and Charles Williams Sr. ... Has one younger sister, Caris ... Cousin Tyrone Smith is a wide receiver at Utah … Majoring in journalism & media studies.