UNC Football Bio
12 Marquise Williams
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• 2015 All-ACC Second Team (ACSMA and coaches)
• 2014 All-ACC Second Team (ACSMA)

Played in 48 games at UNC and made 33 career starts • Established more than 20 UNC records, including career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (35), career rushing yards by a quarterback (2,458) and career total offense (10,423) • Was responsible for more touchdowns (99) than any other player in school history and only two players in ACC history had more • Ranks third in school history with 61 touchdown passes and is third in school history with 35 rushing touchdowns • Compiled the top three and four of the top five single-game total offense performances in Carolina history – set the UNC mark with 524 total yards of offense against Duke in 2015 and accomplished that in less than three quarters • The 524 yards are the sixth-most in ACC single-game history • Eclipsed his own previous UNC record of 469, which he set against Old Dominion in 2013 • Five-Time ACC Offensive Back of the Week (Duke, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh - 2014; Duke - 2015).

2015 – Senior Season
Started all 14 games: Completed 219 of 357 pass attempts for 3,072 yards, 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions • Rushed for 948 yards on 158 attempts (6.0 avg.) and scored 13 touchdowns.

Clemson (ACC Championship Game): Rushed for 81 yards to set the new UNC single-season record with 867 yards to break his own single-season • Threw for three touchdowns – a 46-yarder to T.J. Logan, a 3-yarder to Ryan Switzer and a 17-yarder to Switzer • Was the fourth time this season and the seventh time in his career that Williams threw at least three touchdown passes in a game (2015– 3 vs. Illinois, 3 vs. Wake Forest, 4 vs. Duke and 3 vs. Clemson) • Was responsible for four touchdowns, including a 1-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter • Completed 11 passes for 224 yards, an average of 20.4 yards per completion • Gained 305 yards of total offense and became the fifth player in ACC history to gain at least 10,000 yards in his career.

NC State: Completed 19 of 30 pass attempts for 174 yards and a touchdown • Rushed 10 times for 53 yards • Threw a 53-yard TD pass to Mack Hollins in the first quarter • His streak of 128 consecutive pass attempts without an interception came to an end in the second quarter • Became Carolina’s all-time total offense leader on UNC’s second drive of the game.

Virginia Tech: Completed 13 of 26 attempts for 205 yards and one touchdown as UNC clinched the Coastal Division title in Blacksburg • His lone touchdown pass was a 5-yarder to senior Quinshad Davis on the final play of the game to win the game • Also rushed 18 times for 74 yards and a score.

Miami: Scored the Tar Heels’ first touchdown of the game with a 10-yard run in the first quarter and later added a 14-yarder in the second quarter and a 3-yarder in the third quarter • Moved past legendary Tar Heel tailback Don McCauley (29) with those three rushing scores • Completed 12 of 17 pass attempts for 109 yards and a touchdown.

Duke: Set the school record with 524 total yards of offense in a 66-21 win over Duke and accomplished that in less than three quarters • The 524 yards are the sixth-most in ACC single-game history •   Williams eclipsed his own previous UNC record of 469, which he set against Old Dominion in 2013 • Moved past T.J. Yates for second place in career total offense by a Tar Heel • Passed for 494 yards, the most in UNC history • Broke the UNC single-game record less than three minutes into the second half and on his second completion of the third quarter • His 494 passing yards broke T.J. Yates’ mark of 439 at Florida State in 2010 • Set the UNC record for passing yards in a half with 404 yards in the first half • Completed 18 of 28 attempts for 404 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, including a 89-yard scoring pass to Switzer, a 74-yarder to Hollins and a 49-yarder to Bug Howard against the Blue Devils • Also tied his school record for total offense in a half with 425 total yards (404 passing, 21 rushing) • Set a single-game UNC record for most passing yards per completion at 21.48 per play (23 completions for 494 yards) • Held the previous mark at 20.5 vs. Old Dominion in 2013.

Pittsburgh: Completed 14 of 23 attempts for 270 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 26-21 win on Thursday night • Topped 2,000 career rushing yards with a 4-yard run in the first quarter • Finished the evening with 52 rushing yards.

Virginia: Moved past QB Bryn Renner into third place in school history with 8,232 career total yards of offense • Completed 21 of 26 passes for 226 yards and was Carolina’s second-leading rusher with 71 yards on 12 carries.

Wake Forest: Completed 14 of 20 pass attempts for 282 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions • All three touchdowns passes were thrown to wide receiver Mack Hollins – a 57-yarder in the second quarter, a 4-yarder in the third quarter and a 42-yarder in the fourth quarter • Also had a 13-yard rushing touchdown run.

Georgia Tech: Led UNC to a 38-31 come-from-behind win at Georgia Tech • Was the Tar Heels first win in Atlanta since 1997 and the largest comeback (21-point deficit) in UNC history • Led the team in rushing, receiving and passing yards • Rushed for a career-high 148 yards and scored two touchdowns, passed for 134 yards and caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Quinshad Davis • It was Williams’ third career touchdown reception and all three have come from Davis • Scored on a 7-yard run in the second quarter with four seconds remaining to close the margin to 21-14, and then scored what proved to be the winning touchdown with a 27-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Delaware: Completed 6 of 12 passes for 65 yards and rushed six times for 31 yards and a score against Delaware.

Illinois: Finished 17 of 24 for 203 yards and three scores in the win over Illinois • Added 105 yards on nine carries for his fourth career game with 200 passing yards and 100 rushing yards, a feat that has only been accomplished eight times in school history • It was also his fourth career game with at least three passing scores.

NC A&T: Completed 15 of 20 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns and rushed four times for 53 yards and a touchdown in the win over NC A&T.

South Carolina: Finished 19 of 31 for 232 yards and a score in the season opener against South Carolina, but also had three interceptions, including two in the end zone.

2014 – Junior Season
Set 18 UNC single-season or career records, including the single-season record of 3,856 total yards of offense • Also set single-season marks for most plays (621), touchdowns responsible for (34), rushing yards by a quarterback (788) and rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (13) • Was one of just seven players in the country to lead his team in passing yards (3,068) and rushing yards (788) • Completed 270 of 428 attempts (.631) for 3,068 yards and 21 touchdowns • Responsible for 34 touchdowns, a UNC single-season record • Had 21 touchdown passes, 13 rushing scores and added one TD reception • Set a school record for most total offense in two consecutive games with 898 (435 at Notre Dame and 463 vs. Georgia Tech) and most total offense in four consecutive games with 1,521 (Clemson, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech). 


• RUTGERS (QUICK LANE BOWL): Completed 25 of 37 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing 11 times for 51 yards and a score.

• NC STATE: Completed 11 of 22 passes for 97 yards and rushed 16 times (including three sacks) for 11 yards • Had to leave the game in the second half with a leg injury • Was just the second time this season he was not responsible for a touchdown (also at East Carolina).

• DUKE: Accounted for four touchdowns and had 374 total yards of offense in beating the ranked Blue Devils • Completed 18 of 27 attempts for 276 yards and two touchdowns • Also rushed 21 times for 98 yards and two touchdowns • Eclipsed the single-season school record for total offense in the game • Set the record on a 19-yard pass to tight end Jack Tabb.

• PITTSBURGH: Accounted for four touchdowns - three rushing and one passing - in a 40-35 victory • Completed 23 of 40 attempts for 276 yards and one touchdown • Rushed 19 times for 122 yards and three touchdowns • Was the first time in his career that Williams rushed for three touchdowns in a game • Was his second 100-yard rushing game this season and the third of his career • Completed a school-record 16 consecutive passes at one stretch (previous single-game mark of 15 was set by Bryn Renner vs. Miami in 2013) • Completed just four of his first 16 attempts for 31 yards, but was 19 of 24 for 245 yards for the remainder of the game • Scored on runs of 23 yards, 2 yards and 45 yards and extended his UNC career record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback to 19 • Became the first Tar Heel to score three times in a game this year • Set a UNC single-season record for most rushing yards by a quarterback, bettering the previous mark of 541 by Jim Lalanne in 1940 • Compiled 398 yards of total offense.

• AT MIAMI: Scored two rushing touchdowns and completed 22 of 32 pass attempts for 186 yards • Scored on a 10-yard scoring run in the third quarter and a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter • Failed to throw a touchdown for the first time since the ECU game - a string of five games.

• AT VIRGINIA: Accounted for three of Carolina’s four touchdowns in a 28-27 victory • Completed 15 of 28 attempts for 259 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 17 times for 49 yards and a score • His 52-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was the longest rush of his career and set the UNC career mark for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback • Accounted for 308 yards of total offense.

• GEORGIA TECH: Completed 38 of 47 pass attempts for 390 yards and four touchdowns • Set the UNC record for completions in a game with 38 (previous was 33 by T.J. Yates vs. NC State in 2010) • Also set the UNC record for completions in consecutive games with 62 (previous record was 61 by Yates in 2010) • Broke the school record for completions in a half with 23 second-half completions (previous mark was 19 by Mark Maye and Bryn Renner (twice) • Attempted 47 passes, which equals the third-most in a game in UNC history • Threw for 390 yards, the eighth-most in UNC single-game history • Rushed for 73 yards and gained 463 yards of total offense, the second-most in UNC single-game history • Tied the UNC record for career rushing touchdowns (13) by a quarterback with Ronald Curry • Marked the fourth time in his career that Williams has thrown for more than 300 yards • Connected with Bug Howard on an 8-yard TD pass in the first quarter, threw touchdown passes to Ryan Switzer for 68 and 15 yards in the second quarter and tossed a 36-yard TD pass (on 4th-and-6) to Mack Hollins in the fourth quarter • Marked the third time in his career he has thrown four or more touchdowns in a game • Moved into sixth place at UNC with 31 career touchdown passes • Moved past Mike Thomas into seventh place in UNC history in career total offense yards with 4,771 • Moved past Scott Stankavage, Kevin Anthony and Mark Maye into ninth place in UNC history in career passing yards with 3,601.

• AT NOTRE DAME: Was named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week • Completed 24 of 41 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns • Rushed 18 times for a career-high 132 yards and a touchdown and caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Quinshad Davis • Marks the second time in his career Williams has had passing, rushing and receiving touchdowns in the same game (also did it in 2013 against Virginia) • Became the first Tar Heel in school history and just the fourth player in ACC history to pass for 300 yards and rush for 100 in the same game • The other ACC players to accomplish the feat are Brandon Connette of Duke and Woody Dantzler and Tajh Boyd of Clemson • It is only the sixth time a UNC player had 100 rushing yards and at least 200 passing yards • Recorded his second career 100-yard rushing game (previous rushing high was 104 last year against Duke) •Posted 435 total yards of offense • Moved past 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards with his performance against the Irish • Is one of only two players in Carolina history to throw for over 3,000 yards and rush for over 1,000 yards in a career (Ronald Curry threw for 4,987 yards and rushed for 1,249 from 1998-2001) • Set a personal best with a 41-yard run • The Notre Dame game marked the sixth time in his career Williams has thrown for at least one score and rushed for at least one score in the same game.

• VIRGINIA TECH: Rushed a career-high 19 times for 94 yards • Completed 17 of 33 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown.  

• AT CLEMSON: Completed 24 of 38 attempts for 345 yards and four touchdowns • Was 15 of 23 for 307 yards and three scores in the second half • Marked just the second time in his career he has thrown for more than 300 yards • The four touchdowns are the second-highest single-game total in his career.

• AT EAST CAROLINA: Completed 14 of 25 attempts for 127 yards and rushed 13 times for 37 yards.

• SAN DIEGO STATE: Earned a helmet sticker from ESPN for his play in the win over San Diego State when he completed 20 of 29 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns and was Carolina’s leading rusher with 12 carries for 64 yards. 

2013 – Sophomore Season
Appeared in 12 games and started six at quarterback • Carolina won four of his six starts • Became the full-time starter after Bryn Renner’s season-ending injury at NC State • Completed 126 of 217 pass attempts for 1,698 yards and 15 touchdowns • Led the team with 536 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns • Became the first quarterback to lead UNC in rushing since Gayle Bomar in 1968 • His 536 yards are the second-highest single-season mark by a UNC quarterback • Also caught two passes for 52 yards and a touchdown • Led the team with 2,234 total yards of offense • Completed 19 of 33 attempts for 171 yards and a touchdown in the Belk Bowl win over Cincinnati in his hometown of Charlotte • Also rushed nine times for 46 yards • Rushed 16 times for a career-high 104 yards and two touchdowns against Duke • Became the first Tar Heel quarterback to rush for over 100 yards since Darian Durant in 2003 • Established a new school record for total offense with 469 yards against Old Dominion • Completed 20 of 27 passes for 409 yards and a record-tying five touchdowns • Also rushed five times for 60 yards • Completed 15 of 27 passes for 173 yards and rushed 15 times for 79 yards and two scores in the win at Pitt • Accounted for four touchdowns in the win over Virginia • Completed 15 of 28 passes for 185 yards and two scores, rushed 16 times for 46 yards and a touchdown and caught a 29-yard pass from Quinshad Davis in the win • Passed for 92 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 51 yards in the win at NC State • Rushed and passed for 55 yards and had a pair of touchdown (one rushing, one passing) in the win over Boston College • Rushed five times for 27 yards and completed 4 of 7 passes for 98 yards and a touchdown against Miami • Made his first career start at Virginia Tech and completed 23 of 35 passes for 277 yards and two scores • Also rushed 18 times for 56 yards • Tossed his second career touchdown pass against Middle Tennessee, a 15-yard scoring strike to Bug Howard • Also rushed twice for 10 yards and caught a 23-yard pass from A.J. Blue in the win over Blue Raiders • Had one carry for two yards in the season opener at No. 6 South Carolina.

2012 – Redshirt Freshman Season
Appeared in nine games in relief of Bryn Renner, completing 10 of 17 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown • Also rushed 29 times for 186 yards and three scores • Carried seven times for 40 yards with a season-long effort of 23 yards in the win at Virginia • Also competed one pass for four yards • Completed a 39-yard pass in the Duke game • Had the most prolific day of his career so far with three touchdowns against Idaho • Ran for a pair and threw for another • Finished the day with 10 carries for 61 yards on the ground to go with 57 yards and a score on 3-of-7 passing • Part of an offense that churned out a school-record 66 points against the Vandals • Rushed twice for 26 ayrds in the East Carolina win • Made his collegiate debut in the season opener against Elon, completing 5 of 6 passes for 27 yards • Also rushed six times for 43 yards and scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter • Redshirted in 2011 after enrolling that January.

Mallard Creek High School
SuperPrep All-America • Parade All-America • Member of Tom Lemming’s All-America Team • The No. 9 dual-threat quarterback in the country by Rivals.com and a member of the Rivals250 • Considered the No. 10 prospect in North Carolina by Rivals.com • Ranked the No. 16 quarterback in the country by Scout.com • Rated the No. 15 quarterback in the country by SuperPrep • Member of North Carolina’s Shrine Bowl team • Member of the Orlando Sentinel’s All-Southern Team • Completed 170 of 254 attempts (67 percent) for 3,034 yards, 45 touchdowns and eight interceptions as a senior • The passing yards rank 19th in Mecklenburg county history and the passing touchdowns is sixth best in county history • Also rushed for 1,147 yards and 19 more scores and was named the Area Offensive Player of the Year and conference offensive player of the year • Threw for 2,100 yards, rushed for 1,400 yards and accounted for 40 total touchdowns in 2009 • Passed for 2,300 yards, rushed for 1,000 yards and accounted for 37 touchdowns as a sophomore • Helped guide his team from a 1-win season as a freshman to the playoffs as a junior and senior • Coached by Mike Palmeiri.

Son of Bernard Whiteside and Lisa Williams • Born Oct. 5, 1992 • Communication studies major • Nickname is “Quise” • Would most like to play professionally for the Miami Dolphins • Says his favorite possession is his English bulldog named Bella • People say he looks like actor Morris Chestnut • Favorite TV show is “Walking Dead” • Wears No. 12 because of his cousin.

Position: Quarterback
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 225
Year: Senior
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
High School: Mallard Creek
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