Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2015)
2017 Season Notes
» Made six tackles and had a pass breakup against Arkansas State
» Had a career-high 12 tackles and first fumble recovery against Oregon
Aaron Williams is expected to play a leading role in the Nebraska secondary in 2017 after a strong first two years in the Husker program. The 5-11, 190-pound Williams joins senior Kieron Williams and fellow junior Antonio Reed as Nebraska safeties with extensive game experience. Aaron Williams spent the majority of spring with the top defense, working the second half of the spring alongside senior Joshua Kalu, who shifted to safety from cornerback.
The Georgia product has made 14 career starts and has shown his ability in both pass coverage and run support. He is a very intelligent player who plays with the aggressiveness needed at the safety spot. Williams is a versatile performer who has played a high volume of snaps at nickel back, and he could again be utilized in that role in addition to safety.
Williams was one of three safeties who were regulars in the starting lineup. Williams played in all 13 games with 11 starts and shared time at one safety spot with Kieron Williams. Aaron Williams was also the Huskers’ primary nickel back in sub packages. He finished with 62 tackles, including 32 solo stops. He added six tackles for loss, two sacks and tied for third on the team with three interceptions.
Williams had at least five tackles six times. He opened the year with five tackles and a tackle for loss against Fresno State, then recorded his first career interception against Wyoming. Williams had seven tackles and a tackle for loss at Northwestern, and he intercepted a pass to end a third-quarter Wildcat scoring threat. Williams had a 13-yard sack at Indiana and sealed the Husker win with a fourth-quarter interception.
Williams had five tackles at Wisconsin and made eight stops at Ohio State. He recored a career-high 11 tackles with a tackle for loss against Minnesota. In the home finale against Maryland he recorded his second sack of 2016 and had a career-high two breakups. He closed the year with seven tackles and a tackle for loss against Tennessee.
Williams was a key contributor on defense and special teams as a true freshman. He played in all 13 games, including starts against BYU, Purdue and UCLA. Williams made 24 tackles, including 17 solo stops, and had three tackles for loss.
Williams had six tackles against BYU when he became just the fifth NU true freshman since World War II to start a season opener. Williams made three solo stops at Illinois and had a season-high seven tackles at Purdue when he started in place of senior Byerson Cockrell. Williams started at nickel back against UCLA and had three tackles and a tackle for loss.
Before Nebraska (Carver HS)
As a senior, Williams helped Carver High School to an 8-3 record and a trip to the Class AAAAA state playoffs. Williams was a dominant player in the secondary for Coach Darren Myles, racking up 148 tackles, including 101 solo stops. Williams also had 10 tackles for loss, six breakups and an interception. Williams was also an explosive threat on offense, catching 13 passes for 283 yards, an average of 21.8 yards per catch, and he ran for 116 yards on 15 carries. Williams was a first-team Class AAAAA all-state selection for his play in 2014.
Williams earned first-team all-region honors each of his four years at Carver High and was also a first-team all-state pick by the Atlanta Journal Constitution in 2013. In his junior season, he helped Carver reach the Class AAAAA playoffs by racking up 109 solo stops. He added six interceptions and four pass breakups.
Williams was regarded as one of the top 75 prospects in Georgia and was ranked among the top 30 safeties in the country by 247 Sports. Williams was selected to play in the Rising Senior Bowl in January of 2014, featuring the top 101 college prospects in the state.
Williams committed to Nebraska in May of 2014 after considering offers from Kansas State, Mississippi State, Cincinnati and Purdue, among others
The son of Ernest and Felicia Williams, Aaron was born on Jan. 1, 1997. He is majoring in communication studies and earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the spring 2015 semester. He has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, Husker Heroes and at F Street Rec Center and the Lincoln Marathon.