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#28 Jamel Williams
Position: Strong Side Linebacker
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 205
Year: Senior
City/State: Merrillville, Ind.
High School: Merrillville

         Drafted by Washington Redskins (Fifth Round, 132nd Pick)

         1996 Butkus Watch List Member

         1996 Second-Team All-Big 12 (AP)

         1996 Honorable-Mention All-ig 12 (Coaches)

         1996 Preseason No. 10 Inside Linebacker in Nation (Lindy's)

 

1996 (Senior)

Starting every game his senior season for the Huskers, Jamel posted a 1.57 electronic 10-yard dash time and a 4.51 in the 40(seventh best on the team) in winter conditioning in March, 1996 and broke the all-time Performance Index record for linebackers scoring 2,705 points. His vertical jump of 40 inches is tied for fifth best all time and is a line backer record. Williams also ran track for the Huskers during the indoor and outdoor 1995-96 seasons. He ran a personal best 6.32 in the 55 meters indoorsn and qualified for nationals where he ran a 6.39 but did not advance to semifinals. At the Big Eight outdoor meet, Williams placed sixth in the 100 meters and aided the 4x100-meter relay team to a sivler medal as the team won its second straight outdoor title. His best 100 meters time was 10.52.

 

1995 (Junior)
Williams was an impact player who played every game, starting first at Will linebaker, then utilizing his speed at Sam linebaker. Despite not starting a single game, Williams shared time with Jay Forman and was utilized in pass situations. Williams was third on the team in tackles with 47, including 22 solo stops. He had six tackles for 27 yards lost, one forced fumble, one interception, two breakups, one 10-yard sack and four quaterback hurries. His interception featured a 36-yard return for a TD to give NU a 10-0 lead against the Oklahoma Sooners on OU's first possesion. His sack was a 10-yarder against Missouri while he had a career-high two tackles for eight yeards lost against Kansas. Williams had 10 tackles twice, against two top 10 teams--Colorado and Kansas. His breakups were against Big Eight foes Colorado and Oklahoma. In the 1996 Fiesta Bowl, Williams had five tackles, including four solo stops and a QB hurry. In the second quarter with 12:42 remaining on a second and 31, Williams was untouched and sacked Danny Wuerffel in the end zone for a safety, as part of an NCAA bowl-record 29-point second quarter for the Huskers.

 

1994 (Sophomore)
Williams played in 10 games in 1994 and recorded six tackles. He began the season as a rover, but moved to Will linebacker midway, where he served as a backup to Ed Stewart and Ryan Terwilliger. He had a season-best three tackles against Pacific. Williams and fellow newcomer Michael Booker were both first-year sophomores in the NU secondary. In the Orange Bowl, he had one tackle.


1993 (Freshman)

Williams sat out the season.

 

Before Nebraska (Merrillville High School)
A blue-chip athlete in 1992 as named be Parade, USA Today and Schutt-Scholatic Coach, Williams was an AP all-state, Coaches Board Top 50 and Bloomington Herald Top 33 athlete. He was also The Post Tribune and The TimesDefensive Player-of-the-Year, a finalist for Indiana's Mr. Football, the Duneland Conference MVP and the Merrillville High School Co-MVP. Williams and teammate Jared Tomich are believed to be the first Husker recruits to come out of the state of Indiana. Williams tore his ACL in his left knee in 1993 all-star game. This followed two torn ligaments in his right knee when he was tackled on an interception return in late September of his junior season. Prior to the injury, he had gained 399 yards as a running back in the first four games (nine touchdowns, one interception) of the season after rushing for 913 (eight TDs, six interceptions) as a sophomore anf 448 as a freshman (three TDs, one interception). He returned to star for his basketball team three months after his first injury and qualified for the state track meet in the spring of 1992 in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, placing sixth in the 100 (10.94). Williams letereed four years and helped lead Merrillville to a 27-5 record his last three years and a Class 5A regional title as he scored 45 touchdowns and rushed for 3,238 yards (5.7 per carry). In basketball, his teams were 54-17 and won the East Chicago Regional.

 

Personal
The son of Monroe Williams and Chris Edwards, Jamel is the cousin of former Husker linebacker Daren Williams (1991-03). He was born on Dec. 22, 1973, and  majored in communication studies. He has worked at youth baaketball and football camps, speaks at elementary schools in his home state and assists with the Husker "School is Cool" Jam.

Williams' Career Statistics

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Tackles

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Fum.

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QB

Int.

Year

G/S

UT

AT

TT

TFL

Sacks

C-R

BK

PBU

PI

Hry.

Csd.

1994

10/0

5

1

6

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

1995

11/0

22

26

47

6-27

1-10

1-0

0

2

*1

4

0

1996

12/12

36

61

97

12-54

5-38

1-0

0

2

*3

12

0

Totals

33/12

63

87

150

18-81

6-48

2-0

0

4

*4

16

0

Interceptions:  *1-36, TD vs. Oklahoma, 1995; 1-29 vs. CSU, 1-15 vs. ISU, 1996, 1-5 vs. Colorado, 1996