- Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the third round (82nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.
PRO: Wide receiver who also has contributed as a returner on the team’s kickoff return unit.
- Played in 11 games during his rookie season in 2009 and six passes for 85 yards. He also had 42 kickoff returns for 931 yards.
2010: Serves as a back-up receiver as well as kick and punt returner.
- Inactive for season opener at Chicago (9/12).
- Listed as the team’s third quarterback vs. Philadelphia (9/19).
- Saw time at receiver for first time of the season at Minnesota (9/26). Recorded two catches for 23 yards.
- Did not see game action at the New York Giants (10/17).
- Listed as team’s third quarterback vs. Washington (10/31).
- Inactive at Buffalo (11/14).
- Started in three wide receiver set against New England (11/25). Had one catch for 7 yards.
- Placed on Reserve/Injured December 10, 2010.
2009: Recorded 42 kickoff returns for 931 yards (22.2 avg.). Also caught six passes for 85 yards.
- Inactive for season opener at New Orleans (9/13) and vs. Minnesota (9/20).
- Played in first career NFL game vs. Washington (9/20).
- Was the team’s primary kickoff returner and recorded five returns for 109 yards (21.8 avg.) vs. Pittsburgh (10/11).
- Returned career high 8 kickoffs for 178 yards at Seattle (11/8).
Tied career-high with two receptions at Minnesota (11/15).
- Inactive with a hip injury vs. Cleveland (11/22) and vs. Green Bay (11/26).
- Returned six kickoffs for 154 yards (25.7 avg.) vs. Arizona (12/20). Also caught one pass for five yards.
COLLEGE: Williams started 43-of-46 games during his career at Penn State, catching 161 passes for 1,743 yards (10.83 avg) and nine touchdowns. His 1,743 yards rank tenth in school history and his 161 grabs rank third, topped by teammate Deon Butler's 179 catches (2005-08) and Bobby Engram's 167 (1991-95). The highly-skilled Williams further solidified his status as one of the nation's most versatile and dynamic playmakers. He was one of just three players in the Joe Paterno era to gain over 1,000 yards via kickoff returns in a career (1,095). He finished third in PSU annals with 161 receptions and fourth with 4,156 all-purpose yards. After hitting the "trifecta" as a sophomore and junior, scoring via receiving rushing and punt returns, Willams added a new scoring opportunity to that accomplishment by also returning two kickoffs for scores, to go along with his four touchdown grabs, three rushing scores and one punt return for a touchdown in 2008.
2008: The split end and team captain started all thirteen games, ranking second on the team with 44 receptions (11th on the school season-record list) for 485 yards (11.0 avg) and four touchdowns. Ranked fourth on the squad with 43 carries for 243 yards (5.7 avg) and three scores. Attempted three passes, completing one for 23 yards vs. Iowa. Ranked fifth in the league with 18 punt returns for 169 yards (9.39 avg) and a touchdown.
- All-American second-team choice as an all-purpose back by The Sporting News and Walter Camp Football Foundation, adding third-team honors from The NFL Draft Report and the Associated Press.
- Consensus All-Big Ten Conference selection.
- The Hall Foundation Award winner as the team MVP, Williams was the only player in the nation to score this season via a rush, reception, kickoff return and punt return.
- Placed second in the Big Ten and 28th nationally with 20 kickoff returns for 515 yards (25.8 avg) and a pair of scores.
- Ranked eighth in the league with an average of 108.62 all-purpose yards per game.
- Caught 56.41 % of the passes targeted to him (44-of-78), as seven of those throws were deflected by the opposition (8.97%).
- Produced 28 first downs among his 44 grabs (61.36%), converting 8-of-14 third-down pass plays (57.14%) 20 of his catches were good for at least 10 yards (45.45%), including six for 20 yards or longer (13.64. Had key receptions that led to ten Penn State touchdowns and five field goals.
2007: Williams started twelve games, coming off the bench vs. Michigan. The split end caught 55 passes, tying Terry Smith (1991) for third on the school season-record list behind O.J. McDuffie (63 in 1992) and Bobby Engram (63 in 1995).
- He gained 529 aerial yards (9.6 avg) that included three touchdowns, averaging 4.23 receptions and 40.69 yards receiving per game.
- Tied for third in the Big Ten Conference with 254 yards and a score on 23 punt returns (11.0 avg.).
- Added 237 yards on thirteen kickoff returns (18.2 avg) and 101 yards on sixteen carries (6.3 avg), including one touchdown.
2006: Williams started all but the Notre Dame game as a sophomore, leading the Big Ten Conference while ranking 18th in the nation with 25 punt returns for 301 yards (12.0 avg) and a touchdown. Ranked third on the team with 40 receptions for 440 yards (11.0 avg) and a touchdown, as Penn State had three receivers catch 40 or more passes in the same season for the first time in school history.
- Averaged 73.46 all-purpose yards per game, tacking on 69 yards on four kickoff returns (17.2 avg.).
- Also recorded a solo tackle vs. Notre Dame. Participated in 659 plays.
2005: Freshman All-Big Ten Conference choice by The Sporting News. Williams appeared in seven contests, starting all but the Michigan clash. Ranked third on the team with 22 receptions for 289 yards (13.1 avg) and a touchdown. Rushed 22 times for 105 yards (4.8 avg) and three scores. Added 274 yards on thirteen kickoff returns (21.0 avg.). Competed in 387 snaps.
PERSONAL: Attended Eleanor Roosevelt (suburban Washington, D.C.) High School, playing football for head coach Rick Houchens.
- Consensus All-American and was named the Rivals.com and G&W Recruiting Report National Player-of-the-Year. AII-USA Today selection.
- AII-Metro choice by the Washington Post.
- Parade Magazine honored him as an AIIAmerican all-purpose player. During his senior season of 2004, Williams was 56-of-91 for 972 yards and 13 touchdown passes, ran for 1,123 yards and 12 touchdowns and caught 11 passes for 203 yards and two more scores.
- Also accumulated 479 punt return yards and added another score.
- As a defensive back, he had four interceptions and 34 tackles. In his junior year, Williams rushed for 1,350 yards and 28 touchdowns and threw for 700 yards and five scores.
- Also recorded 46 tackles, 13 pass break-ups, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries in 2003, adding 760 return yards.
- Was a sprinter on the track and field squad.. .In 2004, he was the subject of a series of stories in the Washington Post on his senior season and recruitment.
- Recreation, Park and Tourism Management major.
- Older brother, Domonique, played running back and quarterback at North Carolina and finished his career at North Carolina A& T.
- Son of Brinda and Dwight Williams.
- Born Derrick Dwanye Williams on 7/06/86 in Washington, D.C.