CLARENCE WILLIAMS
Running Back
1973-1976
Oakley, SC
Biography
Williams was named Berkeley’s most outstanding player as a junior and followed that up with a strong senior season that earned him a Shrine Bowl berth, though a knee injury suffered in practice kept him out of that game. He played well for the freshman team in 1973 before working as Jay Lynn Hodgin’s top backup at the beginning of the ’74 season. Williams started four games that year and had his breakout game late in the season when he rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown in a loss to N.C. State. He took over as a starter the next season and had five 100-yard rushing games (Duke, Baylor, N.C. State, Appalachian State and Clemson) and scored twice against both Baylor and Clemson. He earned honorable mention All-South Independent honors that season while going over 1,000 yards rushing, as did his backfield mate Kevin Long. Named a captain of the 1976 team, Williams didn’t hit 1000 yards rushing but was used more as a receiver and caught a touchdown pass to beat Mississippi 10-7. He rushed for over 100 yards for the third year in a row against N.C. State while also adding 100 yard games against Virginia and Wake Forest. Williams was named to the South Carolina Sportswriters’ All-State team in 1976.

He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fifth round of the 1977 NFL draft, rushing for 1,327 yards over the next five seasons with a high of 752 in 1979, a season in which he also caught 51 passes. Williams also was with the Redskins in 1982. He passed away in 1994 and was inducted into the USC Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
Prior Schools
SchoolLocation
Berkeley Moncks Corner, SC

Roster Listings
YearRosterNumPosHtWtYrGmsGS
1973 1973 Freshmen Roster 41 HB 5-10 170 Fr
1973 Programs vs Ohio, Miami (OH), Houston 17 HB 5-10 170 Fr 0 0
1974 1974 Media Guide 17 HB 5-10 190 So
1974 Program vs Georgia 17 HB 5-10 190 So
1974 Fall 1974 17 HB 5-10 190 So 4 4
1975 1975 Media Guide 33 RB 5-11 195 Jr
1975 Program vs Appalachian State 33 TB 5-10 187 Jr 2 2
1976 Media Guide RB 5-10 191 Sr
1976 Program vs Wake Forest 33 RB 5-10 191 Sr
1976 Fall 1976 33 RB 5-10 191 Sr 6 6
Depth Chart Appearances
DescriptionPositionRank
1974 Media Guide Right Halfback 3rd String
9/28/1974 vs Georgia Left Halfback 2nd String
1975 Media Guide Tailback Co-Starter
1976 Media Guide Tailback Starter
9/25/1976 vs. Georgia Tailback Starter
Gamecock Archives Article Mentions
Article
Honors
AwardYear
1972 Shrine Bowl
1976 Rex Enright - Captain's Cup
Passing
YearAttComPctYdsYPATDIntI%3D Att3D Conv%NEWSRtg
1975 3 3 100.0 29 9.67 0 0 0.0 181.20
Tot
Passing by Receiver
YearQBRec Throws Com% Yds 1D TD Success Rate
1975
Scott Thomas 2 2 100.0 20 1 0 100.00
Randy Chastain 1 1 100.0 9 1 0 100.00
Rushing
YearAttYdsAvgTD
1974 76 365 4.8 2
1975 190 1073 5.6 9
1976 174 873 5.0 2
Tot 440 2311 5.3 13
Rushing from Play-by-Play
YearAttYdsAvg1DNeg RushNR%Stuff%10+ Yds10+ %20+ Yds3D Conv%TD
1974 70 336 4.8 20 4 44.29 21.4 11 15.7 2 33.3 4
1975 13 96 7.4 7 0 38.46 7.7 1 7.7 1 100.0 2
Receiving
YearRecYdsAvgTD
1975 10 72 7.2 1
1976 23 180 7.8 1
Tot 33 252 7.6 2
Receiving by QB
YearQBRec Throws Com% Yds 1D TD Success Rate
1974
Jeff Grantz 1 1 100.0 6 0 0 100.00
1975
Jeff Grantz 8 12 66.7 62 1 1 50.00
1976
Ron Bass 21 27 77.8 167 6 1 55.56
Steve Swinehart 0 1 0.0 0 0 0 0.00
Success Rate and Adjusted Yds
Year Pass Plays Pass SR Pass SPP Rush Plays Rush SR Rush SPP Rec Plays Rec SR Rec SPP Tot SPP AdjYds
1974 0 0 70 55.71 78.83 1 100.00 1.43 80.25999999999999 346
1975 0 0 13 61.54 28.8 0 0 28.8 116
Kickoff Returns
YearRetYdsAvgTD
1974 1 12 12.0 0
1975 1 0 0.0 0
Tot 2 12 6.0 0
Games Started
DateOpponentPosition
1974-10-05 Houston Right Halfback
1974-10-12 Virginia Tech Right Halfback
1974-10-19 Mississippi Right Halfback
1974-11-23 Clemson Left Halfback
1975-11-08 Appalachian State Tailback
1975-11-22 Clemson Tailback
1976-09-04 Appalachian State Tailback
1976-09-18 Duke Tailback
1976-09-25 Georgia Tailback
1976-10-09 Virginia Tailback
1976-10-23 Notre Dame Tailback
1976-11-13 Wake Forest Tailback
Single Game Rushing Stats
SeasonGame DateOpponentAttYdsTD
1974 1974-09-14 Georgia Tech 1 2 1
1974-09-21 Duke 5 33 0
1974-09-28 Georgia 8 42 0
1974-10-05 Houston 12 16 0
1974-10-12 Virginia Tech 4 18 0
1974-10-19 Mississippi 4 7 0
1974-10-26 North Carolina 4 22 0
1974-11-02 North Carolina State 16 105 0
1974-11-09 Appalachian State 14 54 0
1974-11-16 Wake Forest 3 27 0
1974-11-23 Clemson 5 50 1
1975 1975-09-13 Georgia Tech 17 70 0
1975-09-20 Duke 18 114 1
1975-09-27 Georgia 12 47 0
1975-10-04 Baylor 18 111 2
1975-10-11 Virginia 18 95 1
1975-10-18 Mississippi 15 40 0
1975-10-25 Louisiana State 12 35 0
1975-11-01 North Carolina State 18 150 1
1975-11-08 Appalachian State 17 131 1
1975-11-15 Wake Forest 13 63 1
1975-11-22 Clemson 23 160 2
1975-12-20 Miami (Ohio) 9 57 0
1976 1976-09-04 Appalachian State 19 94 0
1976-09-11 Georgia Tech 13 52 0
1976-09-18 Duke 17 90 0
1976-09-25 Georgia 16 97 0
1976-10-02 Baylor 16 63 0
1976-10-09 Virginia 14 131 1
1976-10-16 Mississippi 10 59 0
1976-10-23 Notre Dame 10 59 0
1976-10-30 North Carolina State 23 105 1
1976-11-13 Wake Forest 25 105 0
1976-11-20 Clemson 10 13 0
Single Game Passing Stats
SeasonGame DateOpponentAttComYdsTDInt
1975 1975-09-20 Duke 2 2 18 0 0
1975-10-25 Louisiana State 1 1 11 0 0
Single Game Receiving Stats
SeasonGame DateOpponentRecYdsTD
1975 1975-09-13 Georgia Tech 1 7 0
1975-09-20 Duke 2 19 0
1975-10-04 Baylor 1 9 0
1975-10-18 Mississippi 1 4 0
1975-10-25 Louisiana State 1 7 0
1975-11-08 Appalachian State 3 23 0
1975-12-20 Miami (Ohio) 1 3 0
1976 1976-09-04 Appalachian State 3 31 0
1976-09-11 Georgia Tech 2 6 0
1976-09-18 Duke 2 13 0
1976-09-25 Georgia 1 14 0
1976-10-02 Baylor 3 21 0
1976-10-09 Virginia 1 10 0
1976-10-16 Mississippi 4 26 1
1976-10-30 North Carolina State 3 17 0
1976-11-13 Wake Forest 1 5 0
1976-11-20 Clemson 3 47 0
Scoring Plays
DateOpponentQtrTimeUSCOppPlay
1974-09-14 Georgia Tech 4 20 35 Clarence Williams, 2-yd run (Bobby Marino kick)
1974-11-02 North Carolina State 2 11:13 10 14 Clarence Williams, 2-yd run (Bobby Marino kick)
1974-11-02 North Carolina State 4 12:55 21 28 Clarence Williams, 5-yd run (Jay Lynn Hodgin run)
1974-11-09 Appalachian State 3 21 3 Clarence Williams, 1-yd run (Steve Young kick)
1974-11-23 Clemson 2 00:32 14 26 Clarence Williams, 5-yd run (Bobby Marino kick)
1975-09-20 Duke 3 21 10 Clarence Williams, 20-yard run (Bobby Marino kick)
1975-10-04 Baylor 1 7 0 Clarence Williams, 6-yd run (Bobby Marino kick)
1975-10-04 Baylor 2 13:50 14 0 Clarence Williams, 18-yd run (Bobby Marino kick)
1975-10-11 Virginia 1 13:12 7 0 Clarence Williams, 7-yd run (Bobby Marino kick)
1975-11-01 North Carolina State 4 01:29 21 20 Clarence Williams, 5-yd run (Brian Nemeth pass from Jeff Grantz)
1975-11-08 Appalachian State 1 13:10 7 0 Clarence Williams, 17-yd pass from Jeff Grantz (Bobby Marino kick)
1975-11-08 Appalachian State 4 10:36 34 30 Clarence Williams, 2-yd run (Bobby Marino kick)
1975-11-15 Wake Forest 1 01:42 7 0 Clarence Williams, 1-yd run (Bobby Marino kick)
1975-11-22 Clemson 1 11:33 7 0 Clarence Williams, 36-yd run (Bobby Marino kick)
1975-11-22 Clemson 2 21 6 Clarence Williams, 9-yd run (Bobby Marino kick)
1976-10-09 Virginia 1 3 0 Britt Parrish, 29-yd field goal
1976-10-16 Mississippi 3 10 7 Clarence Williams, 8-yd pass from Ron Bass (Britt Parrish kick)
1976-10-16 Mississippi 3 10 7 Clarence Williams, 8-yd pass from Ron Bass (Britt Parrish kick)
1976-10-30 North Carolina State 1 7 0 Clarence Williams, 7-yd run (Britt Parrish kick)
Receptions
YearDateOpponentDownTo GoSideYdlinePlay
1974 1974-10-05 Houston 2 7 USC 26 Clarence Williams, 6-yd pass from Jeff Grantz
1975 1975-09-20 Duke 2 15 DUK 15 Clarence Williams, 14-yd pass from Jeff Grantz (Grupp)
1975 1975-09-20 Duke 3 5 DUK 43 Clarence Williams, 5-yd pass from Jeff Grantz (Grupp)
1975 1975-10-04 Baylor 1 10 BAY 20 Clarence Williams, 9-yd pass from Jeff Grantz (Nelson)
1975 1975-10-18 Mississippi 2 6 UMS 26 Clarence Williams, 4-yd pass from Jeff Grantz (Rickye Hicks)
1975 1975-10-25 Louisiana State 2 10 USC 17 Clarence Williams, 7-yd pass from Jeff Grantz (Cook)
1975 1975-11-08 Appalachian State 2 11 APP 21 Clarence Williams, 4-yd pass from Jeff Grantz (Myers)
1975 1975-11-08 Appalachian State 3 7 APP 17 Clarence Williams, 17-yd pass from Jeff Grantz, touchdown
1975 1975-11-08 Appalachian State 3 4 APP 47 Clarence Williams, 2-yd pass from Jeff Grantz
1976 1976-09-04 Appalachian State 3 14 USC 20 Clarence Williams, 14-yd pass from Ron Bass (D.Ford, McKinney)
1976 1976-09-04 Appalachian State 2 7 APP 7 Clarence Williams, 7-yd pass from Ron Bass, fumble, recovered in end zone by Phil Logan, touchdown
1976 1976-09-04 Appalachian State 1 10 APP 18 Clarence Williams, 11-yd pass from Ron Bass (Showlater)
1976 1976-09-11 Georgia Tech 2 14 USC 42 Clarence Williams, 1-yd pass from Ron Bass (Daykin)
1976 1976-09-11 Georgia Tech 3 4 USC 37 Clarence Williams, 5-yd pass from Ron Bass
1976 1976-09-18 Duke 1 4 DUK 4 Clarence Williams, 1-yd pass from Ron Bass (Green, McGee)
1976 1976-09-18 Duke 3 8 USC 24 Clarence Williams, 5-yd pass from Ron Bass (Green)
1976 1976-09-18 Duke 2 9 USC 31 Clarence Williams, 8-yd pass from Ron Bass + DU 15-yd penalty
1976 1976-09-25 Georgia 1 10 USC 43 Clarence Williams, 4-yd pass from Ron Bass
1976 1976-10-02 Baylor 2 9 USC 42 Clarence Williams, 9-yd pass from Ron Bass (Reed)
1976 1976-10-02 Baylor 3 9 USC 39 Clarence Williams, 8-yd pass from Ron Bass (Slaughter)
1976 1976-10-02 Baylor 3 5 USC 35 Clarence Williams, 4-yd pass from Ron Bass (Nelson)
1976 1976-10-09 Virginia 1 10 UVA 46 Clarence Williams, 10-yd pass from Ron Bass (Brancati)
1976 1976-10-16 Mississippi 1 8 UMS 8 Clarence Williams, 8-yd pass from Ron Bass
1976 1976-10-16 Mississippi 3 2 USC 40 Clarence Williams, 1-yd pass from Ron Bass (Kitchens)
1976 1976-10-16 Mississippi 3 8 UMS 48 Clarence Williams, 14-yd pass from Ron Bass (Moss)
1976 1976-11-13 Wake Forest 1 10 USC 44 Clarence Williams, 5-yd pass from Ron Bass (Armstrong)
1976 1976-11-20 Clemson 3 3 USC 31 Clarence Williams, 8-yd pass from Ron Bass (Brooks)
1976 1976-11-20 Clemson 3 10 CLM 47 Clarence Williams, 26-yd pass from Ron Bass (Brown)
1976 1976-11-20 Clemson 1 10 USC 30 Clarence Williams, 13-yd pass from Ron Bass