Washington: Big hitter in the Husky secondary ... also a valued member of Washington's special teams ... teams with Hakim Akbar as returning starting safeties ... played free safety in 1999, but moves back to strong safety for his senior campaign.
2000: Started at free safety in the Huskies first eight games, extending a streak of 20 consecutive starts dating back to last season was in the top three in tackles in seven of those games earned co-defensive MVP honors for one-sack, six-tackle performance at Colorado one of four players to share defensive MVP honors in Huskies 36-24 comeback win over California pulled down a third MVP award for performance at Stanford, finishing second on the team in tackles with nine, in just three quarters at the time of his injury, ranked 18th in the Pac-10 min tackles credited with three passes defensed key component of an improved Husky secondary that grounded opposing quarterbacks in six of Williams eight games, Husky opponents threw for less than 215 yards had two sacks on the season tight coverage helped Washington rank in the top half of the Pac-10 in sacks, a year after finishing last in that category.
1999: Finally found a home at free safety after playing several different positions (including tailback) earlier in his career...started all 11 regular-season games at free safety...one of just four defensive players to start all 11 games this year...tied for second on the team with 69 total tackles...led the Husky defense with 48 solo tackles...credited with breaking up four passes during the season...top tackling game was 13 stops vs. UCLA...picked up his first career sack vs. California...recorded his first career interception vs. Arizona State...had five tackles vs. Kansas State in the Holiday Bowl ... an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection...named the KOMO-Radio Co-Outstanding Special Teams Player of the Year...presented the Chuck Niemi Big Hit Award at the annual team banquet.
1998: Appeared in five games to earn his first letter ... first game came vs. Nebraska ... started the season at free safety but practiced as a tailback at the end of the year ... effective special teams player as an outside "flyer" on Husky punt coverage teams ... finished the season with 18 tackles ... recovered a fumble vs. Utah State.
High School and Personal: Born May 4, 1978 ... parents are Donnie and Viola ... both are retired ... is seventh of eight children ... six older siblings are David, Donna, James, Pat, Robert, and William ... younger brother is Paul ... rated as one of the top five running backs in Western U.S. by Blue Chip Illustrated ... prep All-America selection by Blue Chip Illustrated ... received four votes in the Long Beach Press Telegram's "Best in the West" poll ... selected to the Tacoma News Tribune's "Western 100" team and All-State squad ... named to the all-California team by Cal-Hi Magazine ... scored 31 touchdowns as a senior to raise his prep total to 72, the second-best mark in sectional history ... had 11 rushing TDs of at least 50 yards ... rushed for over 1,400 yards as a senior ... totaled over 2,100 all-purpose yards as a running back and receiver during his senior season ... league MVP as a senior ... picked up all-state honors for his play at defensive back as a sophomore and junior, and at all-around athlete as a senior ... was a first-team all-conference pick as a sophomore at Coalinga High School ... a member of SuperPrep's All-Far West team ... pursuing a degree in American ethnic studies.