Williams Signs With Raiders as Undrafted Free Agent
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Former Cal Poly slotback Deonte Williams signed a contract with the Oakland Raiders shortly after he went undrafted in the 2013 National Football League Draft on Saturday.
Offensive lineman Scott Winnewisser was the last ex-Mustang football player to sign an NFL contract as a free agent, inking with the New Orleans Saints following the 2011 draft.
"My vision was to make it to the league," Williams posted on his Twitter account. "Now my goal is to make it in the league!"
Only one other former Mustang player is on an NFL roster – cornerback Asa Jackson with the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. Defensive end Chris Gocong was released by the Cleveland Browns on April 2 while wide receiver Ramses Barden is a free agent after three seasons with the New York Giants.
Williams was contacted by an Oakland team official late in the seventh and final round of this year's draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Williams accepted the Raiders' contract offer and will attend mini camp in mid-June.
Williams, along with linebacker Kennith Jackson, became Cal Poly's first All-Big Sky Conference first-team selections last fall. Jackson also went undrafted Saturday and also could sign a free agent contract in the coming days. He has been invited to a rookie mini-camp tryout with the Raiders on May 10.
Williams, the 11th Mustang in the last 11 years selected to play in a postseason all-star game, was named second-team All-American by three organizations after rushing for 1,506 yards, 72 yards short of the school record, and 12 touchdowns last fall.
Cal Poly's most valuable player award winner for the 2012 season, Williams played in the Casino del Sol College All-Star Game in Tucson, Arizona, in January.
The 2008 Pleasant Grove High School (Elk Grove, Calif.) graduate led Cal Poly to a 9-3 record and, in its first season in the Big Sky, a share of the conference championship with Montana State and Eastern Washington. The Mustangs earned their third FCS playoff berth in the last eight years, falling to Sam Houston State in the second round Dec. 1.
Williams surpassed the 100-yard mark in rushing 10 times in 12 games last season, including a season-high 188 against UC Davis. His streak of six 100-yard games from games six through 11 broke Antonio Warren's streak of five games (1995-96).
Williams' ten 100-yard games in a season is two more than the old school record set by James Noble in 2005. He became the 15th Mustang to crack the 1,000-yard mark for a season and averaged 6.5 yards per carry. Williams also caught eight passes for 52 yards and a score.