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


  • 2015 Bednarik Award Watch List
  • 2015 Nagurski Award Watch List
  • 2015 Hornung Award Watch List
  • 2015 Thorpe Award Watch List
  • 2015 Preseason Third Team All-America Defense (Athlon Sports)
  • 2015 Preseason First Team All-Big Ten KR (ESPN)
  • 2015 Preseason First Team All-Big Ten Defense (Athlon Sports, Phil Steele)
  • 2015 Preseason Third Team All-Big Ten PR (Athlon Sports), KR (Phil Steele)
  • 2015 Preseason Fourth Team All-Big Ten KR (Athlon Sports), PR (Phil Steele)
  • 2014 First Tean 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


  • Interception return yards in a season (170, 2014)
  • Interceptions returned for TD in a season (2, 2014)
  • Single-game kickoff return yards (228 yards vs. Michigan State, 2014)
  • 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): Through seven games - Started all seven games ... 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.

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.

Career Highs
Tackles - 12 (Rutgers, 11/29/14)
Solo Tackles - 9 (2x, last at Syracuse, 9/20/14)
TFL - 1.0 (7x, last vs. Penn State, 11/1/14)
Interceptions - 1 (7x, last at Michigan, 11/22/14)
Punt Return Yards - 106 (at Virginia Tech, 11/16/13)
Long Punt Return - 69 yards (West Virginia, 9/13/14)
Kickoff Return Yards - 228 (Michigan State, 11/15/14)
Long Kickoff Return - 100 yards (vs. Stanford, 12/30/14)
All-purpose Yards - 228 (Michigan State, 11/15/14)
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