CFL’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player, Frankie Williams re-signs with Ticats

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have re-signed American defensive back and kick returner Frankie Williams.

The 26-year-old Williams started at defensive back in 16 of his 17 appearances (15 at field corner, one at boundary halfback) for the Ticats last season, finishing second in the Canadian Football League in pass knock downs with 14 while adding 50 defensive tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery.

The 5-9, 190-pound native of Tampa, Florida also won the 2019 John Agro Award as the league’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player. He was named a CFL all-star after ranking among league leaders in numerous kick return categories. Those include first in punt return yardage (949); 30-plus yard punt returns (10); average yards per kickoff return (24.9); kickoff return touchdowns (tie-1); second in punt return touchdowns (tie-1); overall kick return touchdowns (tie-2); third in average yards per punt return (12.5) and kickoff return yardage (1,071).

Williams has appeared in 31 career CFL games with 22 starts at defensive back over two seasons with the Ticats (2018-19), registering 67 defensive tackles, 10 special teams tackles, one interception and 15 pass knock downs. The Purdue University product has also served as Hamilton’s primary kick returner the last two seasons, accumulating 116 punt returns for 1,332 yards and two touchdowns, 61 kickoff returns for 1,478 yards and one touchdown, and one missed field goal return for 30 yards.