More Tide Players Selected in NFL Draft

Nico Johnson (University of Alabama)
Nico Johnson (University of Alabama)


NEW YORK, NY (WIAT) – On day three of the NFL Draft more Alabama players are flying off the board.

Alabama’s 9 overall selections is a school record.

Courtesy Alabama Sports Information Department:

NEW YORK – The University of Alabama football team had five players selected on the final day of the 2013 National Football League Draft Saturday afternoon at Radio City Music Hall.

 

The five selections on Saturday gave Alabama a total of nine players taken in the 2013 NFL Draft, setting a new modern-era record. The old mark was eight set in 1987 and 2012. The Tide had 10 players selected over 30 rounds in 1945. The current NFL Draft is seven rounds in length.

 

Linebacker Nico Johnson was the first player off the board on Saturday, going to Kansas City with the second pick of the fourth round (No. 99 overall). Center Barrett Jones then went to the St. Louis Rams with the 16th pick of the fourth round (No. 113).

 

Two more Crimson Tide defensive linemen, Jesse Williams and Quinton Dial, were taken in round five. Williams was chosen by the Seattle Seahawks with the fourth pick of round five, No. 137 overall. Dial was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers at No. 157 overall and No. 24 in the fifth round. Tight end Michael Williams was the final Alabama player selected, going to the Detroit Lions with the fifth selection of the seventh round (No. 211 overall).

 

In the last five NFL Drafts, Alabama has had 33 players selected, including 14 players in first round, four in the second and third rounds, two in the fourth, four in the fifth and five in the seventh round.

 

The Crimson Tide had a run of three straight players selected in the first round on Thursday evening with Dee Milliner going to the Jets at No. 9, Chance Warmack to the Titans at No. 10 and D.J. Fluker to the Chargers at No. 11. Eddie Lacy was then taken in the second round on Friday with the 61st overall pick.

 

Three more Alabama players announced free-agent signings on their Twitter accounts Saturday evening. Safety Robert Lester signed with the Carolina Panthers, defensive end Damion Square inked with the Philadelphia Eagles and long snapper Carson Tinker agreed to terms with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

 

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Player Bios (provided by the University of Alabama SID Department)

QUINTON DIAL (Back to Top)
Career:
Quinton Dial impacted the Crimson Tide’s defensive line for two seasons as a regular in the rotation at defensive end … played in 26 games, making only one start, but
his presence was regularly felt … made 46-career tackles with eight tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks … finishes his career at the Capstone with two National Championships
in two seasons.
2012 (Senior):
Played in all 14 games, used extensively in the defensive line rotation … Dial registered 22 tackles and 1.5 sacks for a loss of six yards while registering five tackles for
loss (13 yards). Michigan: Registered three tackles and half a sack against the No. 8-ranked Wolverines. Florida Atlantic: Had one solo tackle and a quarterback
hurry. Mississippi: Registered two tackles, including one for a loss of two yards. Missouri: Delivered one solo tackle in win against the Tigers. Tennessee: Assisted
on one tackle and helped hold Vols to 282 total yards. LSU: Racked up a season-high six tackles (one for a loss of three yards). Texas A&M: Had three solo tackles,
one of them a sack. Auburn: Registered three tackles, including one for a loss of a yard, in his final appearance at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Georgia: Made one solo
tackle and was credited with two quarterback hurries. Notre Dame: Recorded an assisted tackle for loss for minus-1 yard in the Crimson Tide’s 42-14 victory in the
BCS National Championship Game.
2011 (JUNIOR):
He provided Alabama with an excellent pass-rushing end option as a reserve defensive end … played in 12 games … tallied one sack (-9 yards) and three tackles for loss (-
15 yards) … finished with 24 total tackles with 10 solo stops. Kent State: Recorded his first career sack against the Golden Flashes. Penn State: Registered a career-best
five tackles — two solo — against the Nittany Lions in a 27-11 road win in State College. North Texas: Had two assisted tackles in the Tide’s shutout win … also
recorded a quarterback hurry. Arkansas: Tallied two tackles, including one solo stop and a half a tackle for a loss of a yard. Mississippi: Recorded one solo tackle on the
road against the Rebels. Mississippi State: Assisted on three tackles, including half a tackle for a loss of a yard. Georgia Southern: Had a career game against the Eagles
… recorded eight tackles, including three solo stops … tallied one tackle for a loss of four yards. Auburn: Recorded two solo tackles against the rival Tigers.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA:
Dial is an imposing presence along the defensive line the originally signed with the Crimson Tide out of Clay-Chalkville in 2009 … enrolled at east Mississippi
Community College where he was a two-year standout at nose guard … started classes at the University of Alabama in January of 2010 and participated in spring
drills … No. 9 in the SuperPrep JUCO 100 … a four-star prospect who is ranked 15th in the Rivals.com 2011 JUCO Top 50 … made 76 total stops for EMCC in
2010 with 3.5 sacks. … played in 12 games as a freshman at EMCC and made 24 tackles with three sacks … a member of the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s
Super 12 team and a first-team All-State selection by the ASWA out of high school in 2008 … was the 2008 ASWA’s 6A Defensive Lineman of the Year … also
garnered second-team All-State honors from The Birmingham News … ranked by Rivals.com as the nation’s 33rd ranked defensive tackle … was No. 12 on
Rivals.com Alabama Postseason Top 40 … ranked as the 28th defensive tackle nationally by ESPNU and 49th by Scout.com … rated No. 11 on The Birmingham
News Super Senior list … on The Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team … a member of the Scout.com Southeast 150 … on the Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast
120 and No. 10 on the Press-Register’s Elite 18 … made 87 tackles with eight sacks as a senior … had 61 tackles as a junior in 2007 with seven tackles for loss, four
sacks and four fumble recoveries … coached by Brent Smith … chose Alabama over Florida, Auburn and Clemson.
Dial’s Career Statistics
Tackles Fumbles
Year G-S TT UT AT TFL QBH Sacks FF FR PBU INT
2011 12-1 24 10 14 3.0-15 1 1.0-9 0 0 0 0-0
2012 14-0 22 10 12 5-13 4 1.5-6 0 0 0 0-0
TOTAL 26-1 46 20 26 8-28 5 2.5-15 0 0 0 0-0
Dial’s Career Highs
Tackles ………………………………… 8 vs. Georgia Southern, 2011
Tackles for Loss Yardage ………………….. 9 vs. Kent State, 2011
Sacks Yardage ………………………………… 9 vs. Kent State, 2011
Quarterback Hurries ……………………………. 2 vs. Georgia, 2012

NICO JOHNSON (Back to Top)
Career:
Nico Johnson brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Alabama defense … made 21 starts and played in 52 games over his four-year career at the
Capstone… gained valuable experience during his freshman season after the loss of Dont’a Hightower to a knee injury in the Tide’s fourth game of 2009 … Hightower’s
injury accelerated the learning curve for Johnson, who was forced into emergency duty at linebacker … finished with 163 career tackles with 16.5 tackles for loss and two
sacks … chosen to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl … was selected as the winner of the Derrick Thomas Community Service Award in the spring of 2011.
2012 (Senior):
Played in all 14 games, with five starts … third on the team with 55 tackles … had two tackles for loss (six yards), two forced fumbles, a quarterback hurry and a pass
breakup … named defensive player of the week by the Alabama coaching staff following the Western Kentucky and Western Carolina games, and tabbed special
teams player of the week after the Tennessee game. Michigan: Did not start the season opener versus the No. 8 Wolverines but made five tackles, with two solo
stops. Western Kentucky: Made first start of the season and had season-best eight tackles (four solo) … forced a fumble for third time in his career … also broke up
a pass, as Hilltoppers manageed only 46 rushing yards and 224 total … earned defensive player-of-the-week honors from Alabama coaching staff. Arkansas: Totaled
six tackles, including three solo stops … assisted on a tackle for a loss and also credited with a quarterback hurry in the shutout victory. Florida Atlantic: Made one
assisted tackle against the Owls … part of the starting unit allowed only 35 yards of offense in three quarters of action. Mississippi: Had four tackles (two solo) in
win over the Rebels … helped limit Mississippi to 80 yards rushing and 218 total. Missouri: Started and made two tackles (one solo) as Alabama limited Tigers to
three yards rushing (129 total). Tennessee: Play on special teams earned player-of-the-week honors … started at weakside (“will”) linebacker and made four tackles
(two solo). Mississippi State: Made two assisted tackles coming off the bench against the Bulldogs. LSU: Racked up a career-high 12 tackles (two solo, also assisted
on a tackle for loss). Texas A&M: Made two tackles with one solo stop against the Aggies. Western Carolina: Named an Alabama defensive player of the week
following his four tackles (one for loss). Auburn: Started and made two solo tackles in Iron Bowl 49-0 shutout … also forced a fumble, his second of the year.
Georgia: Came off the bench to make pair of tackles (one solo) in 32-28 victory to secure the Tide’s second SEC championship during his career. Notre Dame:
Made one assisted tackle as he helped the Crimson Tide win its third National Championship in his four seasons in Tuscaloosa.
2011 (Junior):
Johnson was the Crimson Tide’s starting will linebacker in the base 3-4 defense … one of the nation’s better run-stopping linebackers … started seven games based on
offensive formations … saw action in all 13 contests … finished fourth on the team with 47 tackles, including 25 solo stops, 6.5 tackles for loss (-18 yards), one sack (-5
yards), a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, an interception and three pass breakups … named the UA Defensive Player of the Week in three consecutive games,
Mississippi, Tennessee and LSU. Kent State: Did not have a tackle, but played in running downs for the Tide. Penn State: Recorded one tackle and broke up a Nittany
Lion pass. North Texas: Had two solo tackles in the Tide’s 41-0 shutout of the Mean Green … tallied one tackle for loss of -2 yards as Alabama limited UNT to 68 yards
rushing. Arkansas: Was not scheduled to see extended action vs. the Hogs due to their passing attack, but an injury to C.J. Mosley in the first quarter gave him an
expanded opportunity to make plays … finished with one solo tackle in the Tide’s conference-opening win. Florida: Made his first start of the season at will linebacker …
had four tackles with a fumble recovery in the Tide’s 38-10 win … helped limit the Gators to just 15 yards rushing. Vanderbilt: Started and recorded his second career
interception and his first of the season … made three tackles with half of a tackle for loss. Mississippi: Made a career-best two tackles for loss (-9 yards) and recorded his
second-career sack (15 yards) … helped limit the Rebels to 141 total yards and just 28 yards on the ground — mostly on quarterback scrambles … his seven tackles were a
team high and the second-highest total of his career … garnered Defensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts vs. the Rebels. Tennessee: Earned UA Defensive
Player of the Week honors after registering six tackles with three solo stops … forced a fumble in the second half and deflected a pass that was intercepted by Dont’a
Hightower … helped limit UT to just 155 total yards and six points. LSU: Had a career-best 11 tackles, including three solo stops … helped limit the No. 1 Tigers to 239
yards and just nine points … the 11 tackles is the most by an Alabama player this season … named the UA Coaches’ Defensive Player of the Week for the third straight
week. Mississippi State: Started at will linebacker but did not have a tackle. Georgia Southern: Recorded the second-most tackles on the team with six … broke up one
of seven Eagles passes. Auburn: Did not start but recorded two solo tackles for loss of -3 yards … helped limit the Tigers to just 140 total yards … AU had just 44 yards
(25 rushing) through three quarters and gained the rest after the Tide had already locked up the win in the fourth quarter. LSU (BCS National Championship Game):
Started and made four tackles as the Tide claimed its second national championship in the last three years … had two solo stops and helped limit LSU to 92 total yards
and just 39 yards rushing.
2010 (Sophomore):
He played in all 13 games and earned six starts at the middle linebacker position … finished with 33 tackles while adding 22 solo stops and an interception … made 3.5
tackles for loss (-7 yards) while recording one quarterback hurry and one pass breakup. San Jose State: Began the season with three tackles, including two solo stops
against the Spartans. Penn State: Came off the bench but did not record any statistics. Duke: Was named one of the Defensive Players of the Week by the Alabama
coaching staff … recorded six total tackles with four solo stops, including an assisted tackle for a loss. Arkansas: Equaled a then-career high with eight tackles, including
five solo stops … also broke up a pass … helped hold the No. 10 Razorbacks to just 64 yards rushing. Florida: Recorded two tackles, including a solo stop … made his
first career interception on a key play on the goal line, picking off a Trey Burton jump pass in the end zone. South Carolina: Johnson played but did not record any
statistics as the Gamecocks employed multiple receivers that kept the Tide out of its regular 3-4 package. Tennessee: Earned a start and recorded two solo tackles. LSU:
Recorded five tackles, including two solo stops … added a tackle for a loss of one yard. Mississippi State: Came off the bench to record one solo tackle. Georgia State:
Tallied one solo tackle and a quarterback hurry. Auburn: Earned a start at the mike linebacker spot and registered a tackle for a loss of a yard. Michigan State: Was
second on the team with four total tackles against the Spartans … registered three solo stops in the start … also had a tackle for loss of five yards, one of 11 for the
Crimson Tide on the day.

BARRETT JONES (Back to Top)
Career:
Barrett Jones was one of the most talented and versatile offensive linemen in the nation and possibly the most decorated player in Alabama history … won the Campbell
Award, Outland Trophy, Rimington Trophy, Wuerffel Trophy and the ARA Sportsmanship Award … was a four-year starter at three different positions along the offensive
line … Jones started 50 career games with 25 of those at right guard, 11 in 2011 at left tackle and 14 at center as a senior … a unanimous first-team All-American in 2011
and 2012 – on of just three Alabama player to be two-time consensus All-America selections … three-time first-team All-SEC selection (2010-2012) … also captured the
Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the SEC top lineman in 2011 … earned first-team Freshman All-America honors and freshman All-SEC accolades in 2009 while garnering
third-team All-America honors in 2010 … blocked for 35 100-yard rushing games in his career … a four-time CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-American, earning second-team
honors in 2009 and first-team accolades in 2010-2012 … the 2012 CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year … graduated with a 4.0 gpa in accounting in the summer
of 2011 … won the Jerry Duncan “I Like to Practice” Award following spring practice in 2009 and the Derrick Thomas Community Service Award in 2010 after spending
his spring break in Haiti helping earthquake victims … an SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll selection in 2008 and a member of the 2009, 2010 and 2011 SEC
Academic Honor Roll … won the Mal Moore Leadership Award in the spring of 2011 and the Dwight Stephenson Lineman of the A-Day Game Award.
2012 (Senior):
Senior anchor for Crimson Tide and recognized among the nation’s best offensive lineman … former starter at right guard (2009-10) and left tackle (’11) who
moved to center in 2012 to replace the departed William Vlachos — allowing Alabama to assemble the best five-man combination of talent on the offensive
front … received the 2012 Rimington Trophy, as the nation’s best center … presented with National Football Foundation’s prestigious William V. Campbell
Award as the nation’s best football student-athlete (commonly referred to as the “Academic Heisman”) … also named the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic AllAmerican of the Year (from College Sports Information Directors of America) … compiled 4.0 grade-point average throughout his nine semesters at Alabama,
graduating in three years with a bachelor’s degree in accounting (August 2011) and then receiving his master’s in accountancy (Dec. 15, 2012) a couple weeks
before the BCS title game … has received 2012 All-America honors from the FWAA, Walter Camp, AP, Sporting News and Sports Illustrated) … one of three
finalists for the Outland Trophy (top interior lineman) and one of three for the Lombardi Award (top lineman or linebacker) … joined Notre Dame linebacker
Manti Te’o as only FBS football players in 2012 to be named an AP first team All-American and a Capital One/CoSIDA first-team Academic All-American …
there were 48 total players named Academic All-America (24 first team; 24 second team) and a total of 74 on the AP All-America teams (1st/2nd/3rd) – with
only two others appearing somewhere on both lists (Florida State kicker Dustin Hopkins was first team Academic All-America and second team AP AllAmerican, while Clemson lineman Dalton Freeman was a second teamer on both lists) … yet to surrender a sack in 2012, spanning 287 pass attempts … has
missed only seven assignments in 803 snaps (99.1 percent) and graded out at 90 percent or better in 10 games (avg. of 90.0) … finished with 20 pancake blocks
… blocked for 10 individual 100-yard rushing performances in 2012 … helped open holes for 227.5 yards of rushing offense per game (16th nationally) while
blocking for 445.5 yards per game of total offense (31st nationally). Michigan: Opened many of the holes for 232 yards on the ground and 431 yards of total
offense … T.J. Yeldon became first Alabama freshman to rush for over 100 yards (111) in his debut game … did not allow a sack. Western Kentucky: Blocked
on line that helped amass 328 yards of total offense in 35-0 shutout. Arkansas: Helped block for 438 yards of total offense, (225 rushing) … part of offensive
line that did not allow a sack. Florida Atlantic: The Tide turned in another impressive show of balance in 40-7 win (256 rushing yards, 247 passing) … helped
block for Eddie Lacy’s 106 yards, on only 15 first-half carries … graded out at 92 percent. Mississippi: Provided blocks as part of 305 yards of total offense …
provided the time that helpe allow AJ McCarron to complete 73 percent of his passes and two scores … did not allow a sack. Missouri: Graded out at 92
percent … did not allow a sack or miss an assignment … named Alabama offensive player of the week … helped clear path for Alabama to rush for season-high
362 yards and six touchdowns (533 yards of total offense) … both Lacy (177 yards; 3 TDs) and Yeldon (144; 2 TDs) set career bests in rushing during the 42-
10 win. Tennessee: Anchored line that blocked for Tide’s second straight game of 500-plus yards … helped compile 233 rushing yards, 306 passing … graded
out at 93 percent … Yeldon went for his third 100-yard rushing game (129), as Alabama running backs averaged 6.2 per carry. Mississippi State: Continued
his streak of not allowing a sack (nine straight games) … helped block for 414 yards of total offense (179 net yards on the ground). LSU: Key cog in line that
kept a bruised McCarron upright in 21-17 come-from-behind road victory over the No. 5 Tigers … did not allow a sack and graded out at a season-best 95
percent, against one of the best defenses in the country … helped provide plenty of time to pass on the game-winning drive that covered 72 yards (all in the
air)in only 43 seconds, capped by a 28-yard touchdown pass to Yeldon … blocked on line that fronted Lacy’s 165 rushing yards (7.5 yards per rush; one TD)
while Yeldon averaged 6.9. Texas A&M: Helped provide time for McCarron to throw for 309 yards and a touchdown … member of line that opened holes for
Lacy to rush for 92 yards on 16 carries (5.8 per rush) … missed only one assignment in 66 snaps and had two pancake blocks … posted a grade of 90 percent.
Western Carolina: It was a short but successful day for the offensive line starters, exiting late in the second quarter with 35-0 lead … graded out at 95 percent,
with no missed assignments or penalties … helped block on four rushing TDs (three by Lacy) and 300 rushing yards … did not allow a sack. Auburn: Named
SEC lineman of the week for his efforts in 49-0 Iron Bowl win … again did not allow a sack while the Tide rolled up 483 yards of total offense … played only
one series in third quarter and graded out at 96 percent (highest by any Tide lineman all season), on 50 plays … helped block for Lacy’s 131-yard, twotouchdown performance. Georgia: Anchored line that opened holes for SEC Championship Game record 350 rushing yards … helped Lacy (181 yards) and
Yeldon (153) rush for career highs (512 yards total offense) … did not miss an assignment and recorded three pancake blocks. Notre Dame: Played in the game
despite a lisfranc injury in his foot … helped clear a path of 264 rushing yards in a 42-14 victory over the Fighting Irish … blocked for 140 yards for Lacy and 108 for
Yeldon … helped the Tide score two rushing touchdowns (one each from Lacy and Yeldon), which matched what Notre Dame had allowed all season … did not
surrender a sack in 28 pass attempts.

JESSE WILLIAMS (Back to Top)
Career:
Jesse Williams hailed from Australia but quickly found a comfort level in the front lines of the Alabama defense … the junior college transfer, who didn’t begin
playing football until he was 15 years old, started 26 games during his two-year career at the University of Alabama … finished his career with 61tackles, 6.5 tackles
for loss, 1.5 sacks, three pass breakups and a blocked field goal … helped lead the Crimson Tide to the National Championship in both years at the Capstone.
2012 (Senior):
Transitioned to nose guard to anchor 3-4 defensive scheme and the nation’s No. 1 rush defense (76.4 ypg) … saw extensive action on the offensive side, as a
fullback in goal-line sets … second-team All-SEC selection … started 13 games, missing Western Kentucky game due to injury … made 37 tackles with 2.5 for loss
(eight yards), one sack, two pass deflections, four quarterback hurries and a blocked field goal … key cog in the defense that led the nation in total defense (250.0
yards per game) and scoring defense (10.93 points per game) … regularly drew double teams … had 23 tackles in the final five games after making 14 in his first
seven. Michigan: Had one assisted tackle and helped limit Wolverines to 69 yards rushing … left game in the second half due to injury. Western Kentucky: Was
held out of the WKU game for precautionary reasons. Arkansas: Assisted on three tackles and plugged up the middle to help hold the Razorbacks to 137 total
yards of offense in the shutout win … also assisted on a tackle for loss. Florida Atlantic: Registered three assisted tackles against the Owls, in his third start of the
season … blocked a field goal in the first half … part of the Tide’s starting unit allowed only 35 yards of offense by the Owls in three quarters of action.
Mississippi: Very active for the Crimson Tide, with a deflected pass, quarterback hurry and four tackles (one solo) … helped limit the Rebels to 80 yards rushing
and 218 total yards. Missouri: Had only one assisted tackle but clogged up the middle of the line for Alabama, which surrendered only three yards rushing for the
game … also applied pressure to the quarterback, with one official hurry. Tennessee: Recorded two tackles with one solo stop, as the Tide held the Vols to 79 yards
rushing and 200 yards below their season average for total offense … also had a quarterback hurry for the third straight game. Mississippi State: Batted down one
pass and made one solo tackle while anchoring a run defense that surrendered only 47 yards on 21 attempts (2.2 ypc). LSU: Made a career-high seven tackles, with
two solo stops … helped limit the Tigers to 139 yards on the ground … notched his first solo tackle for loss of the season. Texas A&M: Equaled his career-high in
tackles for the second straight game, with seven … recorded his first career sack (three yards). Western Carolina: Dominated the line of scrimmage, helping to
limit the Catamounts to one first down while the first string was in the game … made three assisted tackles. Auburn: Recorded one solo stop and one assist in 49-0
shutout of the Tigers … added a quarterback hurry. Georgia: Made three total tackles, with two solo stops … missed a few series with an injury but returned to help
close out the 32-28 victory. Notre Dame: Notched one assisted tackle in the Crimson Tide’s 42-14 victory in the BCS National Championship Game.
2011 (Junior):
Williams found his footing after just one spring on campus and earned the starting job at defensive end while moving inside to tackle in passing downs in a four-man
front … started all 13 games and did a great job of stopping the run (UA led the nation allowing just 72.2 ypg) and pushing the pocket … finished with 24 tackles …
had four tackles for loss (-10 yards), three quarterback hurries and one pass defection and half of a sack (-1 yard). Kent State: Started his first game at the Capstone …
recorded one quarterback hurry. Penn State: Registered two tackles with one solo stop in UA’s win at No. 23 PSU … also batted down a pass. North Texas: Had one
assisted tackle as the Tide limited the Mean Green to 169 total yards and recorded the team’s first shutout since 2009. Arkansas: Played easily his most productive
game to date with a career-best five tackles and two tackles for loss … made four solo stops … dropped Hog running backs behind the line of scrimmage two times for a
loss of seven yards … helped the Tide limit the Razorbacks to a series-low 17 yards rushing. Florida: In his first SEC road start made two solo tackles and helped limit
the Gators to 15 yards rushing. Vanderbilt: Had one assisted tackle, which was a sack that went for a loss of one yard. Mississippi: Notched one solo tackle for loss as
the Crimson Tide allowed just 28 yards rushing and 141 total yards. Tennessee: Started and helped limit the Vols to 155 total yards. LSU: Started and made five
assisted tackles to help limit the No. 1 Tigers to just 239 total yards and nine points. Mississippi State: Made two early tackles before leaving the game in the second
quarter with a shoulder injury. Georgia Southern: Rehabbed his shoulder hard to get back for the game vs. the Eagles only to fall victim to food poisoning, which
limited his snaps … did start and make three tackles, one solo before going to the bench. Auburn: Notched a quarterback hurry and was very effective at holding the
line of scrimmage in the 42-14 win in the Iron Bowl … helped limit the Tigers to just 140 total yards … AU had just 44 yards -— 25 rushing — through three
quarters and gained the rest after the Tide had already locked up the win in the fourth quarter. LSU (BCS National Championship Game): Registered two assisted
tackles as the Crimson Tide captured the school’s 14th national championship … helped limit then-No. 1 LSU to 92 yards of total offense and just 39 yards on the
ground.
High School and Personal Data:
Williams joined the Crimson Tide after anchoring the defensive front at Western Arizona Community College in 2009 and 2010 … enrolled for the spring
semester at Alabama and participated in spring practice … the defensive lineman hails from Brisbane, Australia … was the No. 2 player in the Rivals.com 2011
JUCO Top 50 … No. 10 in the SuperPrep JUCO 100 … the four-star prospect made 30 tackles in just seven games in 2010 with six tackles for loss (-29 yards) and
two sacks (-12 yards) … led a defensive line that allowed just 48.64 rushing yards per game to rank second in the NJCAA … also deflected two passes and recorded
one interception as a sophomore … as a freshman in 2009, Williams registered 46 tackles in 11 games with seven tackles for loss and four sacks … a two-time AllRegion I selection and named to the All-Western States team at WACC … originally signed with Hawai’i in 2008 … grew up playing rugby and basketball in
Australia before taking up football at the age of 15 … quickly took to the game while attending Cavendish Road State High School and playing for the Bayside
Ravens and Queensland Sun Devils … chose the Crimson Tide over LSU, Oklahoma State, Southern California, Arkansas, Oregon State, Mississippi and
Tennessee.
Williams’ Career Statistics
Tackles Fumbles Year G-S TT UT AT TFL QBH Sacks FF FR PBU INT
2011 13-13 24 10 14 4.0-10 3 0.5-1 0 0-0 1 0-0
2012 13-13 37 7 90 2.5-8 4 1-3 0 0-0 2 0-0
Total 26-26 61 17 44 6.5-18 7 1.5-4 0 0-0 3 0-0
Williams’ Career Highs
Tackles ……………………………. 7 at LSU & vs. Texas A&M, 2012
Tackles for Loss ……………………………… 2.0 vs. Arkansas, 2011
Tackles for Loss Yardage ……………………. 7 vs. Arkansas, 2011
Quarterback Sacks …………………………. 1 vs. Texas A&M, 2012
Blocked Field Goal …………………….. 1 vs. Florida Atlantic, 2012

MICHAEL WILLIAMS (Back to Top)
Career:
Michael Williams was a staple of three National Championship teams during his time at the Capstone …a big-bodied athlete who has good hands to help in the
passing game and is an excellent run blocker … equaled a school-record, playing in 54-career games, making 41 starts at Alabama… hauled in 51-career receptions
for 503 yards and seven touchdowns … chosen to participate in the 2013 Senior Bowl … selected as the winner of the Bart Starr Most Improved Player Award
following 2010 spring practice.
2012 (Senior):
Finished fourth on the team with a career-high 24 receptions for 183 yards and a career-best four touchdowns during the 2012 season … 15 of his 24 receptions
went for first downs or touchdowns … played a big part of the Crimson Tide running game, as an edge blocker for team that is averaging 227.5 yards per game,
ranking 16th nationally … named one of the Alabama offensive players of the week following games vs. Tennessee, Mississippi State and Western Carolina.
Michigan: Caught a two-yard touchdown in the Tide’s 41-14 win over the No. 8 Wolverines … helped block for 232 rushing yards. Western Kentucky: Started
but did not have a catch in 35-0 win over the Hilltoppers. Arkansas: Caught two passes for 20 yards and helped block for 225 yards of rushing offense. Florida
Atlantic: Caught a career-high four passes for 25 yards against the Owls … also helped block for 256 yards in the rushing game. Mississippi: Started but did not
catch a pass in the Tide’s 33-14 win. Missouri: Hauled in his longest pass of the year for 17 yards and a first down. Tennessee: Caught his second touchdown of
the year on a 1-yard grab from AJ McCarron … had another five-yard reception to convert a first down. Mississippi State: Made a career-best five catches for 38
yards to earn offensive player-of-the-week honors … snagged his career-best third touchdown of the 2012 season on a nine-yard pass from McCarron … helped the
Tide rush for 179 yards. LSU: Caught one pass for six yards … helped block for 166 yards in the running game. Texas A&M: Started and caught one pass for a
season-long 20 yards to convert a Crimson Tide first down. Western Carolina: Earned offensive player-of-the-week honors from the Alabama coaching staff … was
very effective in run blocking and caught one pass for a season-high 22 yards and a first down. Auburn: Caught one pass for five yards and a first down in the Iron
Bowl. Georgia: Had two receptions for five yards while helping block for 350 rushing yards. Notre Dame: Caught three passes for 17 yards … snagged his fourth
touchdown of the season in the first quarter … his blocking was key in the UA rushing attack that churned out 264 yards.
2011 (Junior):
Williams was a steady force for Alabama … a two-year starter at tight end with 27 career starts and 13 this season … caught 16 passes for 191 yards for a 11.9
yards per catch average … had two receiving touchdowns and a two-point conversion catch … tremendous blocking tight end on the edge of the Crimson Tide
offense … played a key role in Alabama’s 16th ranked rushing offense that is averaging 214.5 yards per game … UA Offensive Player of the Week following the
Penn State game where he showed he could also be a play-maker … also helped the Tide on special teams, starting on the kickoff return unit and the field goal
team … seven of his 16 receptions went for first downs with five counting as explosive plays of 15 yards or more. Kent State: Started and helped the Tide roll
up 482 yards of total offense. Penn State: Produced one of the best games of his career with three catches for 34 yards and a touchdown … hauled in a bullet
from AJ McCarron from seven yards out. North Texas: Caught one pass for 10 yards and a first down … helped the Tide run for a season-best 347 yards.
Arkansas: Hauled in a career-long 37-yard touchdown pass on a fake punt on the opening drive of the game against the Razorbacks … cleared a path for 197
yards rushing. Florida: Equaled a season-high with three catches … had 32 yards receiving … long grab of 22 yards. Vanderbilt: Started but did not catch a
pass for only the second time this season. Mississippi: Again proved to be a big-play threat with a 34-yard reception that moved the chains for the Crimson
Tide … blocked for two 100-yard rushers as the Tide accounted for a season-high 389 rushing yards … finished with two receptions for a career-high 39 yards.
Tennessee: Started but did not have a catch. LSU: Caught one pass for one yard vs. the top-ranked Tigers. Mississippi State: Made his 10th start of the season
as the Tide opened in a three-wide formation … caught one pass for 16 yards and a first down. Georgia Southern: Started but did not have a catch … helped
clear a path for 272 yards rushing. Auburn: Caught two passes for 12 yards … caught a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter to help put away the Tigers
42-14. LSU (BCS National Championship Game): Made two receptions for 10 yards in the Crimson Tide’s win that clinched the school’s 14th national
championship.
2010 (Sophomore):
Williams started in 11 of the 13 contests and hauled in eight passes for 100 yards and a touchdown … returned two kicks for 15 yards with a long of nine
yards. San Jose State: Did not record a catch but helped provide the blocks for the Tide to amass 257 yards on the ground. Penn State: Did not record any
statistics but helped pave the way for Trent Richardson to become the first back to rush for over 100 yards against the Nittany Lions in the previous 17 games.
Duke: Did not haul in a pass but provided the time and the holes for the Tide to amass 626 yards of total offense, including 315 on the ground. Arkansas:
Hauled in his first two passes of the season, covering nine yards … helped provide the blocks for the Tide to rush for 227 yards, including 157 by Mark Ingram.
Florida: Caught his first career touchdown on a 19-yard pass thrown by Marquis Maze out of the Wildcat formation. South Carolina: Caught one pass for a
career-best 32 yards. Tennessee: Hauled in one pass for four yards. LSU: Hauled in one pass for 18 yards against the Tigers. Mississippi State: Came off the
bench for the first time and caught one pass for 15 yards. Auburn: Once again earned the start at tight end … did not record any statistics. Michigan State:
Caught his eighth pass of the season off the bench in the Capital One Bowl victory … the reception went for three yards.
2009 (Freshman):
He played in all 14 games as a reserve tight end … made first career start against Mississippi State and made three starts during the year … totaled three
receptions for 29 yards … a key blocker for the Tide’s No. 12 rushing attack. Tennessee: Made his first career catch for four yards, coming off the bench. LSU:
Hauled in two passes for 25 yards, including a long of 14. Mississippi State: Started at tight end but did not record any statistics … helped pave the way for
the Tide offense to amass 252 yards on the ground, including 149 yards by Mark Ingram. Chattanooga: Started but did not record any statistics … helped provide the blocks for an Alabama rushing attack that amassed 313 yards. Auburn: Started for the third straight game, but did not have any statistics. Florida:
Came off the bench but did not have a catch … helped block for a Tide rushing attack that amassed 251 yards against the No. 1 nationally ranked defense.
Texas: Played but did not catch a pass … his blocking was instrumental in the Tide’s 205 yards rushing in a 37-21 victory over the Longhorns that clinched
Alabama’s 13th national championship.
2008 (Redshirt):
He redshirted during his freshman season at the Capstone in 2008.
High School and Personal Data:
Williams was ranked as the No. 26 defensive end nationally by ESPN.com … listed as the No. 4 defensive end nationally and the No. 10 overall prospect on
the Alabama Top 35 list by Rivals.com … the No. 17 defensive end nationally by Scout.com … earned Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State honors and
was the ASWA Class 2A lineman of the year … member of the Mobile Press-Register Elite 18 and Super Southeast 120 lists … named West Alabama All-Star by
the Tuscaloosa News … earned first-team All-State honors as a junior and honorable mention accolades on offense as a tight end … listed as the No. 20
prospect in the state by SuperPrep and the No. 42 defensive line prospect nationally… The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super South 100 selection … had over
400 yards receiving for five touchdowns as a tight end in his senior season … also had 243 yards and two scores rushing to go with 63 tackles and 14 sacks on
defense as a senior … team won three straight Regional titles and made a Class 2A state second round appearance in 2007… recorded 68 tackles and 11 sacks
as a junior … earned All-County, All-Area and honorable mention All-State honors in basketball … played for head coach Jack Cook.
Williams’ Career Statistics
Receiving
Year G-S No. Yards Avg. TD LP
2009 14-3 3 29 9.7 0 14
2010 13-11 8 100 12.5 1 32
2011 13-13 16 191 11.9 2 37
2012 14-14 24 183 7.6 4 22
Total 54-41 51 503 9.9 7 37
Williams’ Career Highs
Receptions …………………………….. 5 vs. Mississippi State, 2012
Yards …………………………………………… 39 vs. Mississippi, 2011
Long Play ……………………………………….. 37 vs. Arkansas, 2011
Touchdowns ….. 1 (7 times); most recent vs. Notre Dame, 2012
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