Maryland Football BIO
William Likely III
Player Profile:
William Likely III 1194716
Position: Defensive Back
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 175
Year: Senior
Hometown: Belle Glade, Fla.
High School: Glades Central HS
Experience: 2 Letters


  • 2016 Paul Hornung Award Watch List
  • 2016 Jim Thrope Award Watch List
  • 2016 Nagurski Trophy Watch List
  • 2016 Bednarik Award Watch List
  • 2016 Preseason Second Team All-American Punt Returner (Athlon)
  • 2016 Preseason First Team All-Big Ten Punt Returner (Athlon)
  • 2016 Preseason Second Team All-Big Ten Defense (Athlon)
  • Named as one of the Top 6 Most Versatile Players in college football by
  • 2015 First Team All-American Punt Returner (FWAA)
  • 2015 Second Team All-American Punt Returner (USA Today)
  • 2015 Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the Year (Big Ten)
  • 2015 First Team All-Big Ten Returner (Coaches, Media)
  • 2015 First Team All-Big Ten Defensive Back (Coaches), Second Team All-Big Ten Defensive Back (Media).
  • 2014 First Team All-Big Ten (Coaches & Media)
  • 2014 Athlon Sports First Team Specialist All-Big Ten
  • 2014 Phil Steele Third Team Specialist All-Big Ten
  • 2014 Phil Steele Fourth Team Defense All-Big Ten


  • Single-season INT return yards (170, 2014)
  • Single-seson INTs returned for TD (2, 2014)
  • Single-game kickoff return yards (228 yards vs. Michigan State, 2014)
  • Single-game punt return yards (233 yards vs. Richmond, 2015) - broke 76-year-old Big Ten record
  • Co-longest kickoff return average in a season (31.0 yards, 2014)
  • Co-longest kickoff return (100 yds vs. Stanford, 2014)

As a Junior (2015): One of the most versatile and explosive players in the country, starting all 11 games he appeared in ... primarily served as cornerback and kick/punt returner, but made history by starting on both sides of the football against Wisconsin (WR/CB) ... ranked third in nation in combined return yards (1,197), despite playing only 11 games ... ranked third nationally in punt return average (17.7) and returned two punts for TD ... became the first defensive player in Maryland history to surpass 3,000 all-purpose yards ... Paul Hornung Honor Roll (Most Versatile Player): Week 1, Week 3 ... Big Ten Specialist of the Week: Week 1, Week 9 ... broke a 76-year-old Big Ten record in the season-opener against Richmond (9/5), totaling 233 punt return yards and a touchdown ... also had four tackles, 1.0 TFL and a pass breakup against Richmond ... posted an 85-yard punt return touchdown against Bowling Green (9/12), and also had five tackles and two pass breakups ... had four tackles, including a TFL, in addition to 35 combined return yards against USF (9/19) ... had seven tackles and forced a pair of fumbles at West Virginia (9/26) ... posted six tackles, a TFL and two pass breakups vs. #22 Michigan (10/3) ... had five tackles at #1 Ohio State (10/10), and rushed once for eight yards ... had three tackles and 100 kick return yards against Penn State (10/24), and rushed four times for 30 yards ... also caught first career offensive pass for four yards against the Nittany Lions ... Totaled 220 kick return yards at #10 Iowa (10/31) - second-most in Maryland history - including a 100-yard kickoff return for touchdown which tied a Maryland long ... led team with 56 rush yards on three carries vs. Wisconsin (11/7), including a 43-yard run. Also had 53 kick return yards, three tackles and 1.0 TFL ... had three tackles at #14 MSU (11/14), and also caught three passes for nine yards ... totaled three tackles and 65 kick return yards against Indiana (11/21) ... missed game at Rutgers due to injury (11/28).

As a Sophomore (2014): A first team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media … started all 13 games at cornerback, totaling 83 tackles (66 solo) ... tied for the conference-lead in interceptions (6) … returned two interceptions for touchdowns, tied for the most in the FBS, and tying the Maryland career record … returned six interceptions for a Maryland single-season record 170 yards (yardarge also led the Big Ten) … led the Big Ten and ranked fourth in the nation in kickoff return average (31.0), including a 100-yard kickoff return against Stanford in the Foster Farms Bowl ... tied for first in the Big Ten with 15 passes defensed … ranked third in the conference in punt return average with 11.1 ypr … notched four tackles and his first career sack against James Madison (8/30) … totaled six tackles in a win over USF (9/6) … was all over the field against West Virginia (9/13), recording eight tackles, an interception and a forced fumble … also returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown against the Mountaineers … had a standout performance against Syracuse (9/20), taking an interception back 88 yards for a touchdown and totaling a team-high eight tackles and one TFL … was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week for his performance against the Orange … notched five stops, his third interception of the season and two pass breakups against Indiana (9/27) … totaled 10 tackles against Ohio State (10/4) … took an interception back 45 yards for a touchdown and notched four tackles against Iowa (10/18) … made four solo stops and had an interception against Penn State (11/1) … had three tackles and a pass breakup, along with a school-record 228 kick return yards against Michigan State (11/15) … notched six tackles and his sixth interception of the season at Michigan (11/22) … had a career and game-high 12 tackles against Rutgers (11/29) ... totaled seven tackles and returned a 100-yard kickoff touchdown in the Foster Farms Bowl against Stanford (12/30).

As a Freshman (2013): An Academic All-ACC selection ... named special teams player of the year at the team banquet ... ranked third in the ACC in kick return and punt return average ... had a team-high seven passes defensed ... appeared in all 13 games ... recorded 11 tackles, a 27-yard punt return and a 43-yard kickoff return against ODU (9/7) ... returned three kickoffs for 110 yards against Connecticut (9/14), one of which was 48 yards ... had two tackles against West Virginia (9/21) ... returned four kickoffs for 72 yards and notched five solo stops against Florida State (10/5) ... led the team with eight tackles and had a tackle for a loss against Wake Forest (10/19) ... made six stops against Clemson (10/26) ... notched two stops and his first career interception against Syracuse (11/9) ... returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown against Virginia Tech (11/16) for his first career score ... accumulated 179 all-purpose yards and notched four total tackles ... earned ACC Co-Rookie of the Week honors for his performance ... returned a kick 50 yards against Boston College (11/23) ... also had four tackles against the Eagles ... tied a career high with 11 tackles against NC State (11/30) ... had eight tackles and a pass breakup against Marshall (12/27).

At Glades Central High School: Ranked a four-star recruit and No. 18 cornerback by Rivals … tabbed a four-star recruit and No. 21 cornerback by … touted a three-star recruit by … named 2012 Defensive Player of the Year by The Palm Beach Post … earned Florida Class 5A All-State first team honors … on defense, totaled 47 tackles and four interceptions … amassed 769 rushing yards and seven touchdowns offensively … also had four punt returns for touchdowns … served as a team captain … named ESPN/Gatorade Florida Player of the Year as a junior … coached by Roosevelt Blackmon.

Personal: From Belle Glade, Fla. ... mother is Canisa Rowley ... majoring in communication.

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