01/21/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Monday practice: It was a tale of two skills for tight ends Michael Williams (Alabama) and Vance McDonald (Rice). Williams was the dominant tight end in blocking drills but had several drops during passing drills, including one from Lions tight end coach Bobby Johnson during position drills. He also got scolded after making a catch for not tucking away the football. McDonald struggled as a blocker, drawing some coaching pointers from Johnson throughout the drill, but he did well as a receiver save for one drop. - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com
01/02/2013 - The Senior Bowl added a player today from each of the teams in the BCS national championship game. Alabama tight end Michael Williams and Notre Dame center Braxston Cave have accepted invitations to play in Mobile's 2013 all-star game, the Senior Bowl confirmed this afternoon. Their teams will square off on Jan. 7 in Miami for the BCS national title. Cave is the first player from Notre Dame on the Senior Bowl roster.
Williams, a former Pickens County High standout, is the fourth Alabama player heading for Mobile. He joins linebacker Nico Johnson, safety Robert Lester and long snapper Carson Tinker. The Senior Bowl has extended invitations to three other Alabama players - center Barrett Jones, guard Chance Warmack and nose tackle Jesse Williams. - Mark Inabinett, Alabama Live
11/23/2012 - It took five years, but Michael Williams has finally emerged as the pass-catching threat he hoped to be in Alabama's offense. Williams is fourth on Alabama with three receiving touchdowns, tied for fourth with 18 receptions and is fifth with 156 receiving yards. He caught his longest pass of the season Saturday, when he hauled in a 22-yard reception against Western Carolina. Always one of the best blocking tight ends in the SEC, Williams has embraced a dual-threat roll of sorts as he's provided a reliable target for AJ McCarron in the Crimson Tide passing game. "It's really just biding my time all this time," Williams said. "Just waiting for my opportunity. This year was my opportunity to be that guy."
Williams will be one of 21 seniors honored before Saturday's game. He's one of a handful of players remaining from Alabama's 2008 signing class, considered by many to be one of the best in recent college football history. Williams won't be a first-round draft pick like five (and counting) of his classmates, but he's shown steady progression throughout his Alabama career. "I think I stepped in and did everything to the best of my ability, but still got a long way to go, so it all depends," Williams said. "But it's been good so far. We've got next week to try to seal up everything." - Andrew Gribble, Alabama Live
09/04/2012 - Week One Rewind: Coming off their second BCS championship in three seasons and yet another dominant performance Saturday night against the No. 8 ranked Michigan Wolverines, it isn't easy to find a legitimate highly regarded NFL prospect from the Alabama Crimson Tide that doesn't already receive the hype he deserves. Senior tight end Michael Williams, however, certainly qualifies. In an era in which NFL teams are increasingly looking for receiver hybrids at tight end, the 6-5, 272 pound Williams is a bit of a throwback. He's fast enough to threaten the seam and possesses the soft hands to extend and pluck passes throughout his large catch radius, but he's also very strong, technically sound and competitive as an inline blocker. Alabama relied on this versatility to score each of their four offensive touchdowns against the Wolverines. It's quite appropriate that Alabama's first touchdown of the 2012 season came on Williams' two yard reception in the first quarter. Though the catch was the only one Williams would make against the Wolverines, don't think it came by accident. Getting a score with Williams may have been a symbol of resolving unfinished business for Nick Saban and the Tide. It was Williams who last year lost out on a jump-ball to LSU free safety Eric Reid in what many believe was the deciding play in the team's regular season showdown. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/04/2012 - Week One Rewind: Depending on the down and distance, Williams lined up as a traditional tight end alongside one of Alabama's offensive tackles, split out as a wide receiver, as a traditional lead fullback and even as a running back alongside quarterback A.J. McCarron. Alabama was most effective running the ball behind Williams all night long and each of their two rushing touchdowns came with him sealing off Wolverine defenders at the point of attack. Other than the touchdown he caught, Alabama's only other passing touchdown of the night came on McCarron's 51-yard touchdown toss to DeAndrew White, a play that was successful because Williams, who had lined up at fullback, took on and steered away hard-charging defensive end Craig Roh. Williams isn't likely to run as fast or jump as high as some of glorified extra-large receivers from spread offenses that will be invited to the Combine this year characterized as "tight ends." His value lies in his versatility as a traditional third offensive tackle with the soft mitts to attack defenses quickly. It's a value that only makes a great Alabama team that much more indefensible and could ultimately result in Williams hearing his name called within the first two rounds of the 2013 NFL draft. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/16/2012 - While he killed time in between conditioning and all the other activities that consume an Alabama fifth-year senior's summer, Michael Williams frequently found himself watching one of his favorite DVDs. Customized for Williams' viewing pleasure, the film he wore out showed two of his favorite NFL tight ends, Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots and Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints, hauling in catch after catch and touchdown after touchdown throughout the 2011 season. Both Gronkowski and Graham caught more than 90 passes for more than 1,300 yards - figures that were good enough for top five standing among all receivers - and a combined 28 touchdowns, so the highlight reel had plenty to offer. It wasn't a quick watch. "They had two of the best tight end seasons in NFL history," Williams said. "You try to learn from them. You try to emulate their games." Gronkowski and Graham aren't the tight ends who Williams currently projects to resemble at the next level, but they're players he wants to mimic throughout his final year with the Crimson Tide. Primarily known as a block-first tight end who occasionally catches passes, Williams wants to leave Alabama with a different identity. He's not demanding more looks or calling for the playbook to be re-written in his favor; he's simply trying to prove that he can be a reliable option during obvious pass situations. "As a tight end, I would love to catch more passes," Williams said. "I don't think anyone would say they wouldn't want to catch more passes. And I am comfortable with that." - Andrew Gribble, The Huntsville Times
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM (MEDIA): TE Michael Williams (24), Alabama, Sr., has been selected third team All-SEC for the 2012 college football season as selected by the SEC media. - Alabama football
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM (COACHES): TE - Michael Williams, Alabama, has been selected third team All-SEC for the 2012 college football season as selected by the SEC head coaches. - Alabama football
07/10/2012 - 2012 JOHN MACKEY AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Michael Williams, Alabama, has been selected to the 2012 preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, which is presented annually to college football's best tight end. - The Nassau County Sports Commission