Honors & Awards » Four-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
Defensive tackle Kevin Williams has battled a series of injuries throughout his Nebraska career, but showed his capabilities when healthy in 2014. The 6-2, 275-pound Williams provided Nebraska with an excellent option as a third defensive tackle behind Maliek Collins and Vincent Valentine, making the interior front a strength of the NU defense. Williams helps make defensive tackle one of the strengths of the 2015 Blackshirt defense.
Williams played the best football of his career in the second half of 2014 and earned two starts when Valentine was slowed by injury. Williams is poised for more significant action this fall and will be a veteran leader for the Blackshirts. Williams missed the 2011 and 2013 seasons because of knee injuries. Williams earned his degree in management in August of 2014 and played his junior season as a graduate student, and continues to progress toward a master’s degree in management.
2014 (Junior) Williams played in 10 games with starts against Rutgers and Purdue. He had 19 tackles, including five solo stops. Williams was a disruptive force, racking up eight tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks while adding two quarterback hurries.
Williams recorded 2.5 sacks at Northwestern, as the NU defense dominated the second half. He had three tackles for loss against the Wildcats and added two tackles behind the line at Fresno State. Williams closed the year with a career-high six tackles and a tackle for loss at Iowa, and shared a sack in the Holiday Bowl against USC.
2013 (Sophomore) Williams suffered a knee injury during fall camp and missed the season.
2012 (Redshirt Freshman) Williams played in five games as a reserve at defensive tackle. He made four tackles, including two tackles and a tackle for loss against Idaho State. Williams saw his most extensive action in non-conference play.
2011 (Redshirt) Williams suffered a knee injury in 2011, and sat out the season as a redshirt.
Before Nebraska (Springfield HS) Williams was a standout at Springfield High School in Holland, Ohio. He had more than 260 total tackles and 25 sacks in his final two seasons. As a senior, Williams had 111 tackles, including 36 solo stops and 10 sacks. His play earned Williams Division II Co-Defensive Player-of-the-Year honors in Ohio, and first-team All-Ohio accolades.
Williams earned honorable-mention Division II all-state recognition as a junior when he made more than 150 tackles, including 15 sacks, and 15 other tackles for loss. Williams was regarded as one of the top 20 defensive tackles in the nation by ESPN, and among the top 20 players in Ohio by Rivals.com. Williams only visited Nebraska, but had offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Oregon, Illinois and Stanford to name a few.
Personal Williams is the son of Lisa and Mark Deel, and was born on May 8, 1993. Williams has been named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll four times. He has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes and at local school and hospital visits.
Williams' Career Statistics
Single-Game Highs » Tackles: 6 at Iowa (2014) » Tackles for Loss: 3 at Northwestern (2014) » Sacks: 2.5 at Northwestern (2014)
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