As he did throughout his career at Baylor, Terrance Williams has continued to raise eyebrows this week at the Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, Ala.
The week will conclude Saturday at the 2013 Senior Bowl, set to kick off at 3 p.m. CT at Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The game will be televised live on the NFL Network. Williams will play on the South team and will wear his familiar No. 2.
The practices during the week leading up to the game have been attended by hundreds of general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from all 32 NFL teams, and Williams has made waves amongst them with his stellar performances. CBSSports.com said Williams is "the best receiver in Mobile, which frankly shouldn't come as a big surprise since he had double-digit touchdowns the last two years and 1,832 yards in 2012."
Williams was one of the leaders on a Baylor squad that made history in 2012 with its third consecutive bowl appearance, culminating with a 49-26 victory over UCLA in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl. The Dallas, Texas, product finished the season with 1,832 receiving yards and 1,846 all-purpose yards, both Baylor records, en route to becoming Baylor's sixth all-time unanimous All-American. He was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, and earned All-Big 12 First Team honors.
Williams' 1,832 receiving yards were the 7th-most in NCAA FBS history and 2nd-most in Big 12 history. He had a 48-yard catch in the 1st quarter of the Holiday Bowl vs. UCLA, marking his FBS-leading 16th reception of 30+ yards during the 2012 season. Williams finished his career with 4,693 all-purpose yards, also a Baylor record.
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The Baylor football team will add two more faces to its all-star game resume as seniors wide receiver Lanear Sampson and offensive lineman Ivory Wade will represent the Bears in the Texas. vs. the Nation All-Star game, to be played on Feb. 2, 2013 at Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. CT, and the game will be televised live on FOX Sports Southwest.
Sampson caught 52 passes for 646 yards and six touchdowns during the 2012 campaign. He ranks fifth in BU history with 165 career catches and 10th with 1,905 yards, while adding 11 touchdowns. A three-year starter on the offensive line, Wade made 44 consecutive starts and helped protect Baylor quarterbacks (Robert Griffin III and Nick Florence) that set the Baylor single-season passing yards record in back-to-back seasons. Senior quarterback Nick Florence was invited to play in the game but has declined.
Texas vs. the Nation serves as a stage for professional scouts to evaluate prospects for the NFL and other pro football leagues and began as an idea to bring a sense of rivalry and teamwork back to the all-star arena. Since 2006, more than 500 college players who participated in Texas vs. the Nation have been signed to NFL contracts. Over the last five years, more than 100 players from this all-star game have been selected in the NFL draft. One of every ten players in the NFL have played in Texas vs. the Nation while college seniors. The game attracts 225 NFL general managers, scouts and coaches.
February's 2013 event marks the first Texas vs. the Nation game to be played in Allen Eagle Stadium, an 18,000-seat facility with amenities that rival most college stadiums. Tickets for the event are $18 for general admission and $25 for reserved. Tickets are on sale now at www.texasvsthenation.com.
Baylor seniors Chance Casey and Darryl Stonum will have one final opportunity to represent the Green and Gold on Fri., Jan. 11, after being selected to the 2013 Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game in Tucson, Ariz. In its second season, the all-star game features a platform for draft eligible college seniors to showcase their talents in front of scouts from the NFL, Canadian and Arena leagues. The 2012 roster had 61 players enter NFL training camps and six draftees, including BU's 2011 first-team All-Big 12 offensive lineman Robert T. Griffin (sixth round pick - New York Jets). You can catch the game live at 8 pm CT on ESPN3 or WatchESPN.com. For more information on the game, click here.