Going into the 2022 football season, LSU Wire will be looking at each scholarship player listed on the Tigers’ roster.
Over the preseason, each profile will cover where the player is from, how recruiting websites rated them coming out of high school, and what role they will play for Brian Kelly this season.
One of this team’s biggest remaining unanswered questions entering into the fall will be how the carry distribution will break down in the backfield. There are a number of intriguing but unproven players at the position, and one of them is Josh Williams, a junior from Houston.
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Two Stars | No. 454 in Texas | No. 216 Running Back
Class in 2021: Sophomore
Williams has one of the more interesting stories on this roster. Rated as a two-star recruit and ranking outside the top 3,000 nationally, the lifelong LSU fan chose to walk on in Baton Rouge over offers from Dayton, Drake, Lafayette and Colorado State Pueblo.
However, Williams wouldn’t maintain walk-on status for long. After not seeing the field and redshirting his first year in 2019, he saw action in all 10 games as a redshirt freshman in 2020. He had 22 carries and returned two kickoffs.
Williams earned a scholarship and increased his carry total the following season by one. He scored two touchdowns in LSU’s spring game, and he could factor into the running back rotation. However, he likely sits behind John Emery Jr., who returns after missing last season, as well as Armoni Goodwin, Tre Bradford and the yet-to-arrive Noah Cain, who is transferring in from Penn State.
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