WOU in the news: Chargers wide receiver Williams finalist for NFL award

San Diego Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams runs for a touchdown after a catch.The second-year pro from Western Oregon University is a finalist for the 10th annual VIZIO Top Value Performer Trophy

When it comes to NFL bargains, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who provides more bang for the buck than San Diego Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams.

The second-year pro from Western Oregon University is a finalist for the 10th annual VIZIO Top Value Performer trophy, an award given to the the NFL player who’s on-field performance most exceeds the value of their contract.

Williams, who is a graduate of Cascade High School in Turner, led the Chargers in receiving this season with 69 catches for 1,059 yards and seven touchdowns. He earned $525,000 in 2016.

Williams’ three-year, $1.575 million contract expires in 2018 at which time he would be a restricted free agent.

Other finalists for the award include running back Jay Ajavi (Miami Dolphins), wide receiver Michael Thomas (New Orleans Saints), running back Spencer Ware (Kansas City Chiefs) and running back Latavius Murray (Oakland Raiders).

The Top Value Performer is decided by fan votes. Fans can vote as often as they like at VIZIO.com/TVP and voting will remain open until Monday, Jan. 16 at 11:59 pm PT.

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Williams was signed by the Chargers in 2015 as an undrafted free agent. As a rookie, his first NFL catch was an 80-yard touchdown against the Denver Broncos, who went on to win the Super Bowl.

A 6-foot-4, 205-pound speedster who grew up in Salem, Williams had three, 100-yard receiving games this season for the Chargers, who finished last in the AFC West with a 5-11 record.

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