|Position:||Running Backs Coach|
Jafar Williams, a 2003 Maryland graduate, returns to his alma mater as running backs coach in 2018. He comes to College Park after serving as wide receivers coach at Rutgers the past two seasons.
In his first season in Piscataway, Williams mentored Jawuan Harris to 39 receptions for 481 yards, which led all Big Ten freshmen. Andre Patton, who went on to sign an NFL contract, led the unit with 13.9 yards per catch and five touchdowns.
A native of Philadelphia, Williams was hired as running backs coach at Purdue in Jan. 2013. In 2015, he helped Markell Jones break the Boilermaker’s freshman rushing record with 875 yards on 168 carries, finishing eighth overall in the Big Ten with 72.9 yards per game. Jones also led the team with 10 rushing touchdowns (11 overall) for 66 points as a true freshman. In 2014, Akeem Hunt tallied 949 yards on the ground to place eighth in the league (79.1/game). He then went on to sign an NFL contract with the Houston Texans.
Williams joined Purdue from his running backs position at Kent State where in 2012 he coached one the nation's top rushing tandems in Dri Archer (third round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers) and Traylon Durham. Under Williams' direction, the duo combined to rush for 2,745 yards and 30 touchdowns in 14 games. Archer, who averaged nine yards per carry, led Kent State with 1,429 yards rushing on 159 carries, while also hauling in a team-high 39 receptions for 561 yards with four touchdowns and returning 16 kickoffs for 591 yards and three additional scores. He was named an Associated Press, Walter Camp, ESPN.com and Sporting News All-American following the regular season. Durham finished with 1,316 yards rushing on 276 carries with 14 touchdowns, as the team ranked No. 18 nationally in rushing offense (225.79/game).
The 2012 season saw the Golden Flashes earn an 8-0 conference record to earn the MAC East Division title. Overall, the team went 11-3 and appeared in the national polls at points during the year.
Prior to working two seasons at Kent State, Williams spent 2010 as the special teams quality control assistant at Northwestern. Before that, Williams was the wide receivers coach at Howard in 2009. Under his guidance, wide receiver Willie Carter earned second team All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference honors.
Williams spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons on the staff at Illinois State. As the wide receivers coach for the Redbirds, he mentored first team All-Missouri Valley Conference honoree Eyad Salem and second team pick Jason Horton.
Prior to his tenure with ISU, Williams was the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach at Moravian for two years. In 2005, Moravian claimed the first Eastern College Athletic Conference championship in school history.
Williams played wide receiver for the Terrapins from 2000-03 and ranks Top 20 all-time at Maryland in both career receptions (90) and career receiving yards (1,301). He averaged 20.07 yards per catch in 2002, the third most in Maryland history. Williams, who caught a 64-yard touchdown for the Terps in the 2002 Orange Bowl, received a Bachelor of Science degree in health and human performance from Maryland in 2003.
After college, Williams spent time with the Washington Redskins before beginning his coaching career at Moravian.
The Williams File
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
Alma Mater: Maryland, 2003
2018-present: Running Backs, Maryland
2016-17: Wide Receivers, Rutgers
2013-15: Running Backs, Purdue
2011-12: Running Backs, Kent State
2010: Special Teams Quality Control, Northwestern
2009: Wide Receivers, Howard
2007-08: Wide Receivers, Illinois State
2005-06: Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers, Moravian