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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]

William Likely
No. 41 – Hamilton Tiger-Cats
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
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

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]


College careerEdit

Likely played for the Maryland Terrapins from 2013 to 2016.

Maryland career records
  • Single-season interception return yards (170, 2014)
  • Single-season interceptions returned for TD (2, 2014)
  • Single-game kickoff return yards (228 yards vs. Michigan State, 2014)
  • Single-game punt return yards (233 yards vs. Richmond, 2015)
  • Co-longest kickoff return average in a season (31.0 yards, 2014)
  • Co-longest kickoff return (100 yards vs. Stanford, 2014)

Professional careerEdit

New England PatriotsEdit

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

Toronto ArgonautsEdit

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


  1. ^ "4 William Likely". University of Maryland. Retrieved December 5, 2015.
  2. ^ "William Likely". 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". 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". June 5, 2017.
  7. ^ "Patriots reach 53-man limit". September 2, 2017.
  8. ^ Balenovich, Chris (August 21, 2018). "ARGOS ADD INTERNATIONAL DB WILL LIKELY TO PRACTICE ROSTER".

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