By Willie T. Smith III (The Greenville News)
By David Caraviello (Post and Courier)
Redshirt junior tailback who comes into spring drills as the odds-on-favorite to be the No. 1 running back in the fall after spending the past two seasons in a back-up role, first to Mike Davis, then to Brandon Wilds... has carried 131 times in his career for 555 yards, a 4.2 yard average, with a pair of scores in 21 games, including four starts... has also caught 18 passes out of the backfield for 192 yards... has one 100-yard rushing game.
2015: Played in all 12 games, making four starts... was third on the team with 299 yards rushing on 86 carries... also caught 11 passes for 93 yards... ran the ball 10 times for 42 yards in the season opener against North Carolina... logged a career-high 14 carries in the win over UCF, gaining 32 yards with a long of 15... carried nine times for 40 yards at Missouri... made his first career start at LSU and responded with 25 yards on seven carries and a pair of receptions for nine yards... logged 49 yards on seven carries against Vanderbilt... started at Texas A&M and logged 27 yards on 10 carries... also caught three passes for 43 yards against the Aggies... also started against both Tennessee and Clemson when the Gamecocks opened in a two-back set... named the Most Improved Running Back in the spring by the Gamecock coaching staff.
2014: Played in nine games as a redshirt freshman... logged 256 yards on 45 carries, a 5.7 average... scored a pair of touchdowns... also caught seven passes for 99 yards.... rushed for 25 yards on four carries, including first career touchdown on two-yard run, at Vanderbilt... registered 11 carries for a career-high 110 yards in the win over Furman... ran a season-high 12 times for 65 yards against South Alabama, including a 14-yard touchdown run... had a career day out of the backfield, catching four passes for 70 yards at Clemson, including a 59-yard catch-and-run.
2013: Redshirted as a true freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL: Rushed for 1,904 yards on 195 carries (9.8 per rush) with 23 touchdowns as a senior at Imhotep Charter in Philadelphia... led the Panthers to a 14-1 record... graduated in 2013... coached by Albie Crosby... played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Carson, Calif. following his senior season... earned first-team All-City honors as a junior when he fell just short of 2,000 yards rushing... a four-star recruit, the eighth-best player in the state and the 21st-best running back in the country according to Rivals... a four-star prospect and the nation's 23rd-best running back by Scout... a four-star prospect, the seventh-best player in the state, the eighth-best running back in the country and the 146th-best player overall according to 247Sports... rated a four-star prospect and No. 131 on the ESPN150... considered the nation's 11th-best running back by MaxPreps... turned down offers from Ohio State, Arizona State, Tennessee, Miami, Arizona, Auburn and Boston College among others.
PERSONAL: David Williams was born June 17, 1994... is a retail management major at South Carolina.