Utah State running back Kerwynn Williams was announced Friday as one of 309 seniors from 114 schools named to the first-ever Senior Bowl watch list. He is also one of just 20 running backs to make the list for the nation's premier all-star game.
The top 100 seniors in the country will be invited to participate in the 2013 Senior Bowl, set for Jan. 26 in Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
Williams is one of five players from the state of Utah and one of eight players from the Western Athletic Conference named to the list.
It is the fourth time this year that Williams has received preseason national recognition, as he is also one of 52 candidates for the Doak Walker Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top college running back; one of 30 punt returners placed on the 2012 College Football Performance Award Watch List for special teams; and one of 49 candidates for the 2012 Paul Hornung Award, which is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football.
A native of Las Vegas (Valley HS), Williams rushed for 542 yards on 81 carries in 2011, which ranked third on USU's single-season rushing average list, to go along with three rushing touchdowns including a 43-yard score against Auburn.Â