Mike Williams, the wide receiver who served as the gold standard of wideouts during the Pete Carroll era and known for his attempt at an early entry into the NFL, is back playing football. TSN, the popular Canadian media outlet partly owned by ESPN, is reporting that Williams has inked a deal with the Toronto Argonauts.
Williams played just two years at USC, yet could arguably be considered the greatest pound-for-pound Trojan wideout ever. He set numerous records while at Troy, including multiple touchdown records, such as the career mark of 30 scores, which has since been broken by Robert Woods.
In 2003, the Trojans won an AP National Title with Williams serving as a big cog in the attack, totaling 95 catches and 16 touchdowns, though it was his touchdown pass to a wide open Matt Leinart that helped the Trojans seal the deal against Michigan in the Rose Bowl.
Following the 2003 season, Williams, along with Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett, legally challenged the NCAA to enter the NFL early. They ultimately lost the case and despite Williams pleading for a reinstatement by the NCAA, he was held out of the 2004 season opener against Virgina Tech and was subsequently denied any further eligibility.
In the NFL, Williams caught just 127 balls over parts of six seasons, and twice made comebacks into the league. This current comeback with the Argos will be his third return to football after a layoff, after he sat out the 2012 season as a free agent.
Williams joins the same Argos that fellow USC alum Armond Armstead won the Grey Cup with in 2012.