August 9, 2013
McGee Dismisses Pre-Season All-Conference Selection
UAB head football coach Garrick McGee dismissed starting wide receiver Jackie Williams from the team Friday. There was no reason given for the dismissal. The announcement came via a press release from the Sports Information Department that cited "undisclosed reasons" for the dismissal. Williams had receptions in all 35 games of his UAB career.
McGee's statement was brief with no details, "Jackie is a good kid and a good player, but what's best for our football program is that we part ways."
Williams was named to several pre-season All-Conference teams as a wide receiver and as a kick returner. He has been a major contributor to the offense since his arrival on campus in 2010. Williams would have played a major role his senior season as well - but the position is one that the Blazers do have some depth. Junior Jay Jay Nelson will continue to be a major contributor this season as well as newcomer Maudrecus Humphrey.
In 2012 Williams had 52 receptions for 799 yards and one touchdown. For his career Williams had 140 receptions for 1,733 yards and four touchdowns. He had 25 carry rushes for 126 yards and four scores in his first two years at UAB - but did not carry the ball during McGee's first season. Williams was also a dangerous return man, as noted by his selection on several preseason All-Conference teams. For his career he returned 29 punts for 278 yards and one touchdown and had 16 kick-off returns for 374 yards.
Williams was third in career receptions and had an outside chance to become the Blazer's career leader, he certainly would have moved into second place. He was also fourth in career receiving yards and based on past years would have been in position to finish his career second in total receiving yards.
Williams has one year of eligibility remaining. He started as a true freshman and played in every game but one during his UAB career except for a one game suspension when UAB travelled to Memphis his sophomore year.
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