Ottawa Redblacks sign UNLV RB Charles Williams, four others

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The Ottawa Redblacks have signed five American players, including running back Charles Williams, receiver De’Michael Harris, offensive lineman Osaro Eromosele, defensive lineman Keyshawn James, and defensive back Jake Springer.

Williams spent six years on campus at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas where he recorded 800 carries for 4,201 yards and 34 touchdowns over 55 career games. He also caught 39 passes for 310 yards and returned one punt for a touchdown as a true freshman.

The five-foot-nine, 200-pound ball carrier was granted a redshirt in 2017 after suffering a season-ending ankle injury. The native of Fresco, Calif. is UNLV’s all-time leading rusher and ranks third all-time in rushing touchdowns.

Harris rushed 113 times for 621 yards and five touchdowns and caught 61 passes for 587 yards and five touchdowns over two seasons at the University of Southern Mississippi. He also returned one kickoff for a touchdown.

The five-foot-nine, 185-pound native of Vicksburg, Miss. signed with the Indianapolis Colts after going unselected in the 2020 NFL Draft. He spent three seasons with the team primarily on the practice roster, recording 10 catches for 79 yards and six carries for 46 yards.

Eromosele played three seasons at the University of New Haven following at stint at Southern Connecticut State. The six-foot-four, 345-pound blocker started 23 games at left tackle and was named first-time All-Northeast-10 Conference as a senior. He has since been a member of the Tucson Sugar Skulls of the Indoor Football League.

James was a standout over four seasons at Fayetteville State, recording 228 total tackles, 61 tackles for loss, 30 sacks, 11 forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and one knockdown over 40 collegiate games. He was named the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year in 2021 and attended rookie minicamp with the New England Patriots after going unselected in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Springer completed his college career at Ole Miss in 2021 following a four-year stint at Navy. He made 58 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack, four knockdowns, one fumble recovery, and one forced fumble over nine games with the Rebels. The six-foot-one, 190-pound cover man went unselected in the 2022 NFL Draft.