Helsinki Wolverines add Central Methodist QB Jordan Williams to the roster

The Helsinki Wolverines of Finland’s Maple League have added Central Methodist (NAIA) quarterback Jordan Williams to their depth chart.

Williams had initially signed with the Yeditepe Eagles in Turkey for 2021, but the league cancelled for a second year in a row in late June.

Williams started his football career at Jackson State University (NCAA Div. 1, FCS) as a wide receiver but later transferred to Central Methodist as a senior QB where he would see all his collegiate playing time at quarterback. 

The 6’1″, 180 pound native of Memphis, Tennessee, threw for an impressive 2,183 yards passing and 16 touchdowns and rushed for 349 yards rushing and another 11 scores. The true dual-threat quarterback earned himself Heart All-Conference Second Team after his 2019 campaign.

Williams will be replacing mainstay Cedric Johnson who has decided to step away from football due to personal and family reasons. Williams will see his first piece of action this Saturday against a red-hot, undefeated Kuopio Steelers squad.

Williams on his signing and the Turkish season:

“The Turkish league cancelling was very disappointing. I had some great teammates and Coach Brett Morgan is a great coach. I looked forward to it for sure. I felt like it would have been a great fit. But throughout that whole process I continued to work and I’m honestly just glad that Coach Mattingly gave me an opportunity to continue to come up and help the Wolverines get back to the Maple Bowl this season. Because at one point it didn’t look like I would be playing ball in 2021 and that was extremely discouraging early on.”

Daniel Mackenzie is a Press Association graduate who works in journalism and communications in the third sector. Daniel began playing football for the London Warriors and Team Great Britain and has since played across Europe.