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Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams hurdled a defender before completing an impressive, 54-yard touchdown during Thursday's matchup with Missouri in the Citrus Bowl.

By SI Wire
January 01, 2015

Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams hurdled a defender before completing an impressive, 54-yard touchdown during Thursday's matchup with Missouri in the Citrus Bowl.

Early in the third quarter, Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner dropped back, faked a handoff and threw a pass to Williams, who caught the ball in space and bolted upfield.

With a defender giving chase, Williams sprinted along the sideline and encountered another defender, who tried to tackle Williams. Williams leapt over the defender, kept running and dove over another would-be tackler as he crossed into the end zone.

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The touchdown gave Minnesota a one-point lead.

Over 11 games in the regular season, Williams recorded team highs in receptions (29), receiving yards (471) and receiving touchdowns (7). The 6-foot-4, 250-pound redshirt sophomore earned first-team All-Big Ten honors and was a finalist for the Mackey Award given to the nation's top tight end.

He is expected to enter the NFL Draft.

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