2003 (Senior)Linebacker Demorrio Williams played a dominant role on the Blackshirt defense by finishing second on the team in total tackles, while leading the Huskers in sacks, tackles for loss, quarterback hurries and fumble recoveries, setting the tone for one of the nation's top defenses.
Williams earned first-team All-big 12 honors from the Associated Press and was one of 10 semifinalists for the Butkus Award in 2003. The Beckville,
Williams' play-making abilities helped him become a fourth-round pick (101st overall selection) of the Atlanta Falcons in the 2004 NFL Draft.
The 6-1, 215-pounder finished 2003 with 128 total tackles, second only to Barrett Ruud's NU record 149 stops. Williams' 128 stops were the fifth-highest single-season total in Husker history, and his 83 solo tackles set a
Williams' huge senior year moved him into the top 20 on
In pass rushing situations, Williams lined up at defensive end and wreaked havoc on opposing quarterbacks by notching 11 sacks for 77 yards lost. The 11 sacks are a school record for linebackers and tied for fourth on NU's single-season sack chart. The 11 sacks ranked third nationally among linebackers, while ha added four fumble recoveries. He also caused a pair of fumbles and hurried opposing quarterbacks a team-high 13 times, including three interceptions caused.
Williams intercepted the first pass of his career at
Against Utah State, Williams posted a Husker linebacker record three sacks and forced fumbles on two of those sacks, one of which he recovered at the Aggie 1-yard line. He was named Big 12 defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in that contest. He earned his second conference player-of-the-week award at
Williams played in all 14 games in 2002, with 12 starts at Will linebacker. He finished the year with a team-high 92 tackles, including 38 solo stops and made six tackles for loss and one sack.
Williams made a strong impression in his debut as a Husker with a blocked punt against Arizona State that was returned for a score by Scott Shanle. Williams also returned a blocked punt later in the game. He had eight tackles, including a TFL and a pair of hurries, the next week against Troy State.
Williams finished the year with five games with eight or more tackles, with four of those in the latter half of the year. He made eight stops at Oklahoma State, then followed with a stellar effort in front of family and friends at Texas A&M. Williams had nine tackles and a 15-yard sack in the comeback victory, while adding a quarterback hurry and a breakup. He closed the regular season with a career-best 13 tackles against Colorado, including eight solo stops. He also had two tackles for loss against the Buffs, while also causing and recovering a fumble. He capped his first season as a Husker with a team-high nine tackles in the 2002 Independence Bowl.
Before Nebraska (Kilgore JC/Beckville HS)
Williams graduated from Beckville High School (Class 1-A, smallest in Texas) in 1998, where he played free safety for Coach Joe Koesel. He earned all-district honors with 115 tackles and seven interceptions. Out of high school, Williams considered attending a junior college in Texas, but sat out a year, working in Beckville.
2002 Independence Bowl vs. Ole Miss: Tackles, 2 UT, 7 AT, 9 TT
Tackles: 16 vs.
Solo Tackles: 11 vs.
Tackles for Loss; 4-17 vs.
Sacks: 3-27 vs.
Quarterback Hurries: 2, six times, most recently vs.
Blocked Punts: 1 vs.