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The Pittsburgh Steelers added some depth to their high-profile running back group Friday as the NFL franchise announced the signing of former Hancock College standout Malik Williams. 

Williams spent one season at Hancock before playing two years at the University of Louisville. He was not selected in the 2018 NFL Draft and then spent time on the Atlanta Falcons' training camp roster last summer. 

Williams was eventually waived with an injury designation near the final rounds of cuts in training camp. The Falcons said he had a shoulder injury. 

Williams will be assigned to the Steelers' 90-man roster along with linebacker Robert Spillane, whose singing was also announced Friday.

The Steelers' top running back Le'veon Bell sat out all of last season while holding out for a long-term contract. Former Pitt star James Conner took over the rushing duties for the Steelers, finishing with 973 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. 

Williams totaled 531 rushing yards and four touchdowns in his final season at Louisville. He is a native of Wilson, North Carolina. 

At 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, Williams played all over the field at Hancock. He started the 2015 season at receiver and caught 18 balls for 217 yards and a score. Hancock coach Kris Dutra then moved Williams to running back, where he racked up 525 yards and five touchdowns. He earned First Team All-State and First Team All-Conference honors.

He also excelled at returning kicks and punts at Hancock.

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Joe Bailey is the sports editor at Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Contact him with tips and story ideas at or (805) 739-2239. Follow him on Twitter at