CARROLL E. WILLIAMS ('67) --- 1982 Inductee --- lettered three years in football. Member of the Legion of Honor.
When Carroll Williams came to the line of scrimmage, the opposition was never sure what he was going to do next. There were some Xavier quarterbacks that had stronger arms and there were some that could run better. But it was Williams that best combined the two, with his quick delivery, strong arm, and excellent running ability.
Before leaving Xavier, Williams set 12 school records. Here is a list of those records:
YARDS GAINED PASSING:
CAREER: 4,000 (1964-66)
SEASON: 1,847 (1965)
TOTAL OFFENSE (YARDS):
CAREER: 4,192 (1964-66)
SEASON: 2,008 (1965)
GAME: 333 vs. Ohio University (1965)
*CAREER: 551 (1964-66)
*CAREER: 267 (1964-66)
CONSECUTIVE PASSES COMPLETED:
CAREER: 9 (1966)
SEASON: 9 (1966)
GAME: 9 vs. Chattanooga (1966)
TOUCHDOWN PASSES COMPLETED:
CAREER: 33 (1964-66)
SEASON: 20 (1965)
*These two passing records were later broken by Tim Dydo.
Carroll Williams was first given the starting quarterback job mid-way through his sophomore year in 1964. That was a turning point for Xavier football. That season he set a school record for passing by a sophomore, with just a shade under 50% of his passes completed, 42 completions, 756 yards, and six touchdowns.
But it was his junior year, though, in which he led Xavier to an 8-2 season, its best in 15 years. That year he shattered Xavier records by completing 128 passes on 262 attempts for 1,487 yards and 20 touchdowns. The TD total included a 55-yard bomb in a 14-3 victory over Cincinnati. He also ran for 161 yards on the ground that year, including a 30-yard run against Toledo and a 29-yard run against the Quantico Marines.
At the conclusion of his junior year, Williams was selected to the All-Catholic All-America Team and was chosen as the 1965 Catholic College Player of the Year (The Brooklyn Tablet).
His senior year he set most of his career marks with a season slate that saw him complete 97 passes for 1,397 yards and seven touchdowns. The season included a 25-13 victory over rival Cincinnati.
Probably the greatest asset that the 6-foot, 185-pound native from Miami, Florida, had was his ability to lead the Musketeers down the field in crucial situations. Two games his junior year help emphasize that fact. With the score tied at 14, he took the team down the field against Kent State. He directed a 72-yard, eight-play drive against KSU in the final minutes to pull out a 21-14 victory. Then, the very next week against Miami, Xavier fell behind, 21-0. Williams went to work and pulled Xavier to within 28-14 with 12 minutes left in the game. On the next drive, he ran or passed eight of ten plays to pull Xavier within seven, on a ten-play drive at the 7:46 mark in the game. Then, with less than three minutes to play, Williams ran or passed seven of eight plays, taking the Musketeers 90 yards. He ran the last 17 himself for a TD at the 1:15 mark to make it 28-27. A completed pass to Walt Mainer gave XU the two-point conversion and a 29-28 victory.
Upon graduation, he played in the North-South game, then played a few years in the Canadian Football League. He will go down in history as the best all-around quarterback in Xavier history.