|Height: 5-09 | Weight: 176 | College: Oklahoma State|
Positives: Has a short, compact, but very muscular build Instinctive player with very good key and diagnostic ability Quick-twitch type with excellent speed and man coverage ability Has the playing speed for man coverage, easily running with the receiver on deep routes Very productive playing the ball, showing good timing ability on his leaps and natural hands to field the ball Has a knack for getting his hands up to deflect the pass away from the receiver Shows good zone awareness, giving a small cushion and is quick to plant and drive to close Very smooth coming out of his backpedal, showing an explosive burst out of his breaks Shows urgency and very good acceleration closing on the ball Very elusive runner after the catch, showing precise cutting ability and vision to easily spot the small openings Flashes good hip flip on his turns Has the speed to go vertical and accelerate to the ball Not a trained killer in run support, but will come up and support.
Negatives: Naturally strong athlete, but is not a fan of run support, doing it begrudgingly Has had durability and character issues ever since arriving on campus Had a positive drug test (marijuana) as a freshman, but has worked hard to steer clear of those problems since Not a physical tackler, as he shows marginal consistency due to a lack of striking power and will get run over by the bigger blockers when working close to the line Lacks ideal size and bulk, but does show natural power Good reader who can adjust working the zone, but does not show great whip-turn quickness Quick in his backpedal, but will sometimes be seen up on his heels Needs structure, as he lacks a strong work ethic, but will produce under hard coaching Will bite on the occasional stick and sometimes peeks into the backfield too long Despite his leaping ability, he struggles to match up vs. the bigger receivers on the perimeter.
Consensus All-Big 12 Conference first-team pick Started every game at left corner- back, recording a career-high 66 tackles (49 solos) with four stops for losses of 17 yards Returned six interceptions for 130 yards in returns with two touchdowns Gained 233 yards with two scores on 13 punt returns (17.9 average) and 83 yards on four kickoff returns (20.8 average).
2003 GAME Analysis
Nebraska: Opened the season with 6 tackles (4 solos), a 28-yard kickoff return and a stop for a 10-yard loss.
Wyoming: Posted three solo tackles with four pass break-ups and returned two kickoffs for 50 yards.
Southwest Missouri: Returned two punts for 50 yards and totaled 7 tackles (5 solos) with a stop behind the line of scrimmage, an 8-yard interception return and a pass deflection.
Louisiana-Lafayette: Had two punt returns for touchdowns, the most by an OSU player since at least 1959 (as far as records on hand go) His 78-yard punt return for a touch-down in the second quarter was the school's longest punt return for a score since R.W. McQuarters also scored on a 78-yarder against Texas in 1997 (McQuarters also had an 82-yarder against Louisiana-Monroe that season) He added a 59-yard score in the third quarter Finished with 153 yards on three punt returns, adding 5 tackles (4 solos) with a stop for a 3-yard loss.
Kansas State: Posted 5 tackles (4 solos), deflected a pass and intercepted two others and returned on of QB Ell Roberson's errant throws 63 yards for a touchdown It was Darrent's fourth interception return for a score, setting a Big 12 Conference career-record.
Texas Tech: Collected two tackles and deflected five passes.
Texas A&M: Had 6 tackles (4 solos) with a 27-yard interception return and a pass break-up, but fumbled a punt return Williams intercepted Reggie McNeal's pass and returned it 27 yards out to the OSU 28. QB Josh Fields then hit Rashad Woods with a 34-yard pass over the middle to set up Tatum Bell's 1-yard dive and a 21-0 halftime lead.
Oklahoma: Registered 5 tackles (4 solos) and returned an interception 11 yards for a touchdown The momentum of the game shifted late in the first quarter on Darrent's fumble of a punt return. Williams fielded the ball, dropped it, then tried to pick it up. The ball squirted away and Oklahoma recovered at the 50. Eight plays later, Kejuan Jones scored the first of his two touchdowns to give the Sooners a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter Williams suffered a leg contusion on that play.
Texas: Made 5 tackles (3 solos) Receiver Roy Williams caught Vince Young's pass along the sideline and ran past Darrent for a 67-yard scoring play in the second quarter. ``That was probably the best pass I have ever thrown to him,'' Young said. ``All I did was throw it in his direction and hit him in stride.''
Kansas and Baylor: Did not play (leg).
Mississippi (Cotton Bowl): Returned to action, collecting 8 tackles (7 solos) with a stop for a 3-yard loss Rebel tailback Tremaine Turner's 25-yard run on third-and-5 with 2:43 left was the clincher in Mississippi's 31-28 win. Oklahoma State had just called its last timeout, and the Rebels were able to run out the clock. Ole Miss also benefited when Darrent was called for pass interference on third-and-10.
Started every game at left cornerback, recording 53 tackles (41 solos) with three stops for losses of 5 yards Caused a fumble and deflected 13 passes Had three interceptions for 47 yards in returns with a touchdown.
2002 GAME ANALYSIS
Northern Iowa: Made five solo tackles with two pass deflections, a stop for a 2-yard loss and a pair of interceptions, returning one 29 yards for a touchdown.
Texas: Held receiver Roy Williams to five catches for 27 yards, causing the All-American receiver to fumble after one reception Added a pass break-up and 7 tackles (4 solos).
Kansas State: Returned a blocked extra point for a defensive score in the second quarter.
Nebraska: Credited with an 8-tackle performance.
Kansas: Had seven solo tackles and a deflected pass.
Oklahoma: Collected eight solo tackles with two stops for losses of 3 yards and a pass deflection.
Southern Mississippi (Houston Bowl): Returned an interception 7 yards, deflected three passes and delivered three tackles.
Played in 10 games, starting four of the team's final six contests Finished with 33 tackles (24 solos) and four pass deflections Returned an interception 85 yards for a touchdown and then had a 20-yard interception return for a score in the Baylor game.
2003: Suffered a leg contusion vs. Oklahoma. Played the following week vs. Texas, but then was forced to sit out the Kansas and Baylor contests.
2004: Fractured his right forearm vs. Iowa State, sitting out the Colorado, Texas A&M, Missouri and Oklahoma contests. Returned vs. Texas wearing a soft cast, leaving the game after four plays complaining of numbness in the arm. Did not play with the defensive unit vs. Baylor and Texas Tech.
Education major Son of Rosiland Williams Born 9/27/82 Resides in Fort Worth, Texas.
4.34 in the 40-yard dash 315-pound bench press 450-pound squat 275-pound hang clean 39.5-inch vertical jump 29 1/4-inch arm length 9 1/2-inch hands Right-handed 17/24 Wonderlic score.
Attended O.D. Wyatt (Fort Worth, Tex.) High School Listed by the Dallas Morning News on the area top-100 list Named All-District three times, and was the 7-4A Defensive Most Valuable Player as a senior Also named an All-American by Track and Field News.