After making a bit of a surprising announcement in the offseason that he would be transferring, Baylor running back Terence Williams is heading to the Houston Cougars, as first reported by 247Sports.
Williams will enroll next week and be eligible immediately. His new offensive coordinator will be Kendal Briles, who was his offensive coordinator under the previous regime at Baylor, headed by since-fired head coach Art Briles.
Terence Williams had a breakout season as a sophomore in 2016, rushing for over 1,000 yards with 11 touchdowns. But in part due to injuries and a weak offensive line, the 2017 campaign did not live up to expectations. In eight games last season, Williams had 73 carries for 255 yards, averaging just 3.5 yards per carry (down from 5.7 ypc) and only one touchdown run.
Houston went 7-5 last season in Major Applewhite’s first season on the job since replacing Tom Herman, who is now running the Texas Longhorns.
The Cougars have plenty of needs at the position since Duke Catalon surprisingly left the program this offseason after rushing for 637 yards and eight touchdowns. Houston doesn’t have a running back with more than 400 rushing yards last year.
Meantime, Baylor should be just fine at the position with John Lovett, JaMycal Hasty and Trestan Ebner. Plus there’s running back-turned-wide receiver Jalen Hurd as an option (Tennessee transfer) if needed.