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SMU running back says he'll transfer to NDSU

Former three-star high school recruit in Texas, TaMerik Williams, could help offset the loss of Seth Wilson

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FARGO — North Dakota State may have already found help in the backfield with the loss of running back Seth Wilson. SMU running back TaMerik Williams said on his Twitter account he's entering the NCAA transfer portal and will enroll at NDSU next fall.

"With no further delay, I'd like to announce I'm committed to North Dakota State University," he wrote.

Wilson, the Bison starter to begin the Missouri Valley Football Conference spring season, injured his knee in the opener against Youngstown State and will also miss the fall season. Williams, who will have three years of eligibility remaining, played in 17 games for SMU with 123 yards on 23 attempts over two years.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Williams will give the Bison a bigger look in the backfield. A three-star recruit out of Angleton, Texas, he ran for over 1,800 yards and 21 touchdowns his senior year. He redshirted with SMU in 2018 and played in 10 games last fall scoring two touchdowns. Last fall did not count against a player's eligibility because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The depth chart at SMU is crowded at running back. The top two ball carriers from last fall will return as well as a graduate transfer from North Texas and a former starter who was injured.

Williams is the third Division I FBS player from a Power 5 conference who will make NDSU his new home. Virginia Tech quarterback Quincy Patterson is already enrolled at NDSU and will be eligible next fall and tight end Gabe Lloyd from Wisconsin announced earlier this week he's transferring to NDSU.

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