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Monday, March 2, 2020

Former KU RB Dom Williams to transfer to UNI

Running back Dom Williams grips a football tightly during drills on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at the indoor practice facility.

Running back Dom Williams grips a football tightly during drills on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at the indoor practice facility.

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A few weeks after making public his decision to transfer from the University of Kansas, Dom Williams made up his mind on a destination.

The former KU running back announced via Twitter he has committed to join Northern Iowa’s football program.

A 5-foot-10 rusher from McKinney, Texas, Williams entered the transfer portal this offseason, following a redshirt season with the Jayhawks. He only appeared in four games in 2019, and will have two years of eligibility remaining when he joins UNI.

Because Williams is transferring to an FCS program, which was his plan all along, he’ll be eligible to compete immediately. He could even potentially return to the FBS level for the 2021 season if he has a breakout year with the Panthers and becomes an attractive commodity as a one-year transfer for a program in need of a running back.

Williams entered what would become his final season at KU as one of three running backs expected to be involved with the rushing attack under new head coach Les Miles, but he was third in the pecking order and was rarely playing on Saturdays in the fall.

After Williams played sparingly during KU’s nonconference schedule, he decided to redshirt. Williams rushed 17 times for 41 yards during the Jayhawks’ first three games of the season, then appeared in the season finale versus Baylor, running three times for 28 yards, giving him 63 rushing yards on 20 carries.

A four-star running back in KU’s 2017 recruiting class, Williams signed with the Jayhawks, despite holding offers from Baylor, Boise State, Arizona State, Purdue and other programs. Initially, he was recruited by then-running backs coach Reggie Mitchell, committing to KU as a high school junior in 2015.

Despite his prep accolades, Williams never turned into the featured rusher at KU some expected he would become.

UNI went 10-5 in 2019, with one of its losses coming in a triple overtime season opener against the Big 12’s Iowa State. The Panthers’ leading rusher in 2019, Trevor Allen, was a senior, and with Allen out of the mix, Williams could step in and replace him this year.

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Comments

Dirk Medema 3 months ago

UNI seems like a great landing spot for him. Too bad it didn’t work out here, hopefully it will for him going forward.

Bville Hawk 3 months ago

Best of luck, Dom. Hope you have a helluva year!

Brett McCabe 3 months ago

Dom, Justin and Daylon were all 4-star rated recruits. Isaiah Simmons was a 3-star WR/DB from Olathe. All are/were good players but it goes to show how difficult it is to identify, recruit, develop and retain talent coming out of high school.

Football, far more than any other sport, is a numbers game. There are no AAU circuits where you can watch the best play the best. Football isn’t a year-around sport, where you can scout kids in a wide variety of situations. And I think that football, more than any other sport, tests the heart of the player. When Simmons signed at Clemson, I thought “will he ever see the field as a 3-star recruit at Clemson?” Hell, I didn’t know Clemson even recruited 3-star athletes. It seems that they do, as long as they are monster football players.

Bill Snyder, of course, did the most with the least. But one of the very best players he coached - Jordy Nelson - came to KSU as a walk-on, from a high school within a stone’s throw of Snyder’s office. Even the Old Man couldn’t see talent when it was literally staring him the face.

One of the reasons it’s so hard to identify a good football coach is because there are too many variables. In basketball, it’s easy to see when someone is too goofy to be consistently successful (Bruce Weber), or too arrogant (Penny Hardaway). But in football, there are so many variables to manage, that it’s almost impossible to say: That’s the Guy! What do Chip Kelley (Oregon version), Nick Saban, Bill Snyder, Tom Osborne, Jimmy Johnson, Barry Switzer and Rick Leach have in common? I’m pretty sure they all like Tacos but, other than that, I’m not sure.

And this brings us to Les Miles. Is there anything about Les that you can say - yeah this guy’s got it? The thing that I see is that he loves the game and loves his players. That may be his thing. And that may be enough.

Because landing a projected superstar here or there won’t get it done. A few 4-star recruits can add up to nothing. While a roster full of 2-star or fewer recruits in North Dakota can add up to road wins at Kansas and at Kansas State and multiple National Championships.

Gill, Weis and Beaty all felt wrong. Miles feels right. It hope that he is.

Stephen Johnson 3 months ago

Losing quality players is not a positive. We are not Alabama and can be chasing off talent. It's not like we have all this depth and so we can wave goodbye to players. Not good.

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