William Likely

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William Likely
No. 41 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1994-09-13) September 13, 1994 (age 24)
Belle Glade, Florida
Height:5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight:179 lb (81 kg)
Career information
High school: Belle Glade (FL) Glades Central
College: Maryland
Undrafted: 2017
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

William "Will" Likely III (born September 13, 1994) is a Canadian football cornerback who currently plays for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He played college football for the University of Maryland Terrapins football. [1] [2]

Canadian football Canadian sport in which opposing teams of twelve players attempt to score by advancing a ball by running, passing and kicking

Canadian football is a sport played in Canada in which two teams of 12 players each compete for territorial control of a field of play 110 yards (101 m) long and 65 yards (59 m) wide attempting to advance a pointed oval-shaped ball into the opposing team's scoring area.

Cornerback defensive position in American and Canadian football, covering receivers, to defend against pass offenses and make tackles

A cornerback (CB), also referred to as a corner or defensive halfback in older parlance, is a member of the defensive backfield or secondary in American and Canadian football. Cornerbacks cover receivers most of the time, to defend against offensive plays, i.e. create turnovers in best case or deflect a forward pass or rather make a tackle. Other members of the defensive backfield include the safeties and occasionally linebackers. The cornerback position requires speed, agility, and strength. A cornerback's skillset typically requires proficiency in anticipating the quarterback, backpedaling, executing single and zone coverage, disrupting pass routes, block shedding, and tackling. Cornerbacks are among the fastest players on the field.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats Canadian Football League team from Hamilton, Ontario

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are a professional Canadian football team based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. They are currently members of the East Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL). The Tiger-Cats play their home games at Tim Hortons Field. They were founded in 1869 as the Hamilton Football Club. In 1950, the Tigers merged with cross-town upstart Hamilton Wildcats and adopted the nickname "Tiger-Cats".

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On September 5, 2015, Likely broke a 76-year-old Big Ten Conference single-game record when he returned punts for 233 yards in the season opener against Richmond. [3] [4] He was selected by both the coaches and media as a first-team return specialist and also by the coaches as a first-team defensive back on the 2015 All-Big Ten Conference football team. [5]

Big Ten Conference American collegiate athletics conference

The Big Ten Conference is the oldest Division I collegiate athletic conference in the United States. It is based in suburban Chicago, Illinois. For decades the conference consisted of 10 universities but the present conference has 14 member institutions. They compete in the NCAA Division I; its football teams compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), formerly known as Division I-A, the highest level of NCAA competition in that sport. The conference includes the flagship public university in each of 11 states stretching from New Jersey to Nebraska, as well as two additional public land-grant schools and a private university.

The 2015 All-Big Ten Conference football team consists of American football players chosen as All-Big Ten Conference players for the 2015 Big Ten Conference football season. The conference recognizes two official All-Big Ten selectors: (1) the Big Ten conference coaches selected separate offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players ; and (2) a panel of sports writers and broadcasters covering the Big Ten also selected offensive and defensive units and named first- and second-team players.

College career

Likely played for the Maryland Terrapins from 2013 to 2016.

Maryland Terrapins football football team of the University of Maryland

The Maryland Terrapins football team represents the University of Maryland, College Park in the sport of American football. The Terrapins compete in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and the Big Ten Conference. The Terrapins joined the Big Ten Conference on July 1, 2014, following 62 years in the Atlantic Coast Conference as a founding member. Mike Locksley is the head coach.

Maryland career records

Professional career

New England Patriots

Likely signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent on June 5, 2017. [6] He was waived on September 2, 2017. [7]

Toronto Argonauts

The Toronto Argonauts signed Likely to their practice squad on August 21, 2018. [8]

Toronto Argonauts Canadian football team based in Toronto, Canada

The Toronto Argonauts are a professional Canadian football team competing in the East Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Based in Toronto, Ontario, the team was founded in 1873, and is the oldest existing professional sports team in North America still using its original name, and they are the oldest-surviving team in both the modern-day CFL and East Division. The team's origins date back to a modified version of rugby football that emerged in North America in the latter half of the nineteenth century. The Argonauts played their home games at Rogers Centre from 1989 until 2016 when the team moved to BMO Field, the fifth stadium site to host the team.

In sports, the practice squad, also called the taxi squad or practice roster, is a group of players signed by a team but not part of their main roster. Frequently used in American and Canadian football, they serve as extra players during the team's practices, often as part of the scout team by emulating an upcoming opponent's play style. Because the players on the practice squad are familiar with the team's plays and formations, the practice squad serves as a way to develop inexperienced players for promotion to the main roster. In addition, it provides replacement players for the main roster when players are needed as the result of injuries or other roster moves, such as bereavement leave.

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References

  1. "4 William Likely". University of Maryland. Retrieved December 5, 2015.
  2. "William Likely". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 5, 2015.
  3. "Maryland's Will Likely sets Big Ten record with 233 punt return yards". The Baltimore Sun. September 5, 2015.
  4. "Maryland playmaker Likely enjoys many happy returns". Associated Press. September 8, 2015.
  5. "2015 All-Big Ten Offensive Team & individual award winners". ESPN.com. December 2015.
  6. "Patriots sign third-round draft pick OL Tony Garcia; Sign rookie free agent DB Will Likely and release rookie DL Corey Vereen". Patriots.com. June 5, 2017.
  7. "Patriots reach 53-man limit". Patriots.com. September 2, 2017.
  8. Balenovich, Chris (August 21, 2018). "ARGOS ADD INTERNATIONAL DB WILL LIKELY TO PRACTICE ROSTER". Argonauts.Prezly.com.