Honors & Awards
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2015, 2016, 2017)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015, 2016, 2017)
2017 Season Notes
» Forced a fumble against Wisconsin
» Posted a season-high five tackles against Ohio State
Senior Kieron Williams is part of a veteran group of returnees in the Nebraska secondary, making the position a potential strength for the 2017 Blackshirts. The 6-1, 195-pound Williams was a key playmaker for the Huskers in 2016, leading the team in interceptions and also ranking among the defense’s top tacklers.
In 2017, Williams is expected to once again battle for action at safety. In addition to Williams, Nebraska also returns juniors Aaron Williams and Antonio Reed at safety. Senior Joshua Kalu also spent much of the spring working at safety after starting the past two years at cornerback. Williams again figures to be a key performer on Nebraska’s special teams, a spot where he has excelled each of his first three seasons. Williams has played in all 39 games since joining the Nebraska program.
An advertising and public relations major, Williams is on track to earn his degree in December of 2017.
Williams played in all 13 games and made nine starts at safety. He led the Huskers with five interceptions and his 0.4 interceptions per game ranked second in the Big Ten and 18th nationally. Williams had 69 tackles, including 43 solo stops, to rank fourth on the team in tackles. He had four tackles for loss and a pair of pass breakups. Williams made at least five tackles six times, including each of the first four games.
Williams opened the year with a career-high 10 tackles and his first career interception against Fresno State. A week later against Wyoming, Williams had a 23-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter and had five stops against the Cowboys. He closed non-conference play with seven tackles and a breakup in a win over Oregon.
Williams had eight tackles at Northwestern and tied his career high with 10 stops at Indiana, with each of his tackles being solo stops. He had four tackles, a tackle for loss and a pair of interceptions against Purdue. His first interception was on the first play of the game and his fourth-quarter pick helped seal NU’s win. Williams had five tackles against Minnesota and sealed the seven-point win with a fourth-quarter interception after the Gophers had moved into Nebraska territory.
Williams played in all 13 games, serving as a reserve safety and a key special teams performer. Williams had seven tackles, including five solo stops. He tied for second on the team with six special teams tackles, including two solo tackles on coverage against Northwestern.
Williams played in all 13 games and had nine tackles, with six of his nine tackles on special teams. He had four solo stops and a tackle for loss against Illinois. Williams had two tackles against both McNeese State and Purdue. Williams blocked three punts on the season, tying the Nebraska season record. The first came against Purdue, setting up an NU touchdown. He tied a school record with two blocked punts against USC with the second setting up an NU field goal.
Before Nebraska (C.E. Byrd HS/Air Force Prep)
Williams played at Air Force Prep and Byrd High School before coming to Nebraska. He recorded 41 tackles in two seasons at Byrd, 36 of which were solo stops. Williams had one interception, three fumble recoveries and two pass deflections in 2011 and 2012. Williams was ranked by ESPN.com as the No. 50 safety in the country and the No. 35 overall prospect from Louisiana.
Williams was born on Nov. 21, 1994, and he is the son of Saulicia Williams-Mester and James Mester. Williams has been named to the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team and the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team each of the past three years for his community outreach work. Williams was part of a NoFilter Service Abroad Trip to the Dominican Republic in May of 2016, serving with other Husker student-athletes. Williams volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, Husker Heroes, NFL Fuel Up to Play 60, Shop with a Jock, the Souper Bowl of Caring, Mad Dads and local hospital and school outreach visits.