Transitioned to nose guard to anchor 3-4 defensive scheme and the nation's No. 1 rush defense (79.8 ypg) ... also sees extensive action on the offensive side as a fullback in goal-line sets ... second team All-SEC selection ... has started 12 games this season missing the Western Kentucky game due to injury ... has 36 tackles with 2.5 for loss (eight yards), one sack, two pass deflections, four quarterback hurries and a blocked field goal ... key cogs in rushing defense that also leads the nation in total defense at 246.0 yards per game and is second in scoring defense at 10.67 ppg ... regularly draws double teams ... has 22 tackles in the past four games after making 14 in his first seven. Michigan: Had one assisted tackle and helped limit Wolverines to 69 yards rushing ... left game in the second half due to injury. Western Kentucky: Was held out of the WKU game for precautionary reasons.
Arkansas: Assisted on three tackles and plugged up the middle to help hold the Razorbacks to 137 total yards of offense in the shutout win ... also assisted on a tackle for loss. Florida Atlantic: Registered three assisted tackles against the Owls in his third start of the season ... blocked a field goal in the first half ... part of the Tide's starting unit allowed only 35 yards of offense by the Owls in three quarters of action. Mississippi: Very active for the Crimson Tide, with a deflected pass, quarterback hurry and four tackles (one solo) ... helped limit the Rebels to 80 yards rushing and 218 total yards. Missouri: Had only one assisted tackle but clogged up the middle of the line for Alabama, which surrendered only three yards rushing for the game ... also applied pressure to the quarterback with one official hurry. Tennessee: Recorded two tackles with one solo stop as the Tide held the Vols to 79 yards rushing and 200 yards below their season average for total offense ... also had a quarterback hurry for the third straight game.
Mississippi State: Batted down one pass and made one solo tackle while anchoring a run defense that surrendered only 47 yards on 21 attempts (2.2 ypc). LSU: Made a career-high seven tackles with two solo stops ... helped limit the Tigers to 139 yards on the ground ... notched his first solo tackle for loss of the season. Texas A&M: Equaled his career-high in tackles for the second straight game, with seven ... recorded his first career sack (three yards). Western Carolina: Dominated the line of scrimmage, helping to limit the Catamounts to one first down while the first string was in the game ... made three assisted tackles. Auburn: Recorded one solo stop and one assist in 49-0 shutout of the Tigers ... added a quarterback hurry. Georgia: Made three total tackles, with two solo stops ... missed a few series with an injury but returned to help close out the 32-28 victory.
Jesse Williams hails from Australia but has quickly found a comfort level in the front lines of the Alabama defense ... the junior college transfer, who didn't begin playing football until he was 15 years old found his footing after just one spring on campus and earned the starting job at the 5-technique defensive end while moving inside to tackle in passing downs in a four-man front ... has started all 12 games and done a great job of stopping the run (UA leads the nation allowing just 74.9 ypg) and pushing the pocket ... has 22 tackles with 4.0 tackles for loss (-10 yards), three quarterback hurries and one pass defection. Kent State: Started his first game at the Capstone ... recorded one quarterback hurry. Penn State: Registered two tackles with one solo stop in UA's win at No. 23 PSU ... also batted down a pass. North Texas: Had one assisted tackle as the Tide limited the Mean Green to 169 total yards and recorded the team's first shutout since 2009. Arkansas: Played easily his most productive game to date with a career-best five tackles and two tackles for loss ... made four solo stops ... dropped Hog running backs behind the line of scrimmage two times for a loss of seven yards ... helped the Tide limit the Razorbacks to a series-low 17 yards rushing. Florida: In his first SEC road start made two solo tackles and helped limit the Gators to 15 yards rushing. Vanderbilt: Had one assisted tackle, which was a sack that went for a loss of one yard. Mississippi: Notched one solo tackle for loss as the Crimson Tide allowed just 28 yards rushing and 141 total yards. Tennessee: Started and helped limit the Vols to 155 total yards. LSU: Started and made five assisted tackles to help limit the No. 1 Tigers to just 239 total yards and nine points. Mississippi State: Made two early tackles before leaving the game in the second quarter with a shoulder injury. Georgia Southern: Rehabbed his shoulder hard to get back for the game vs. the Eagles only to fall victim to food poisoning, which limted his snaps ... did start and make three tackles, one solo before going to the bench. Auburn: Notched a quarterback hurry and was very effective at holding the line of scrimmage in the 42-14 win in the Iron Bowl ... helped limited the Tigers to just 140 total yards ... AU had just 44 yards --- 25 rushing -- through three quarters and gained the rest after the Tide had already locked up the win in the fourth quarter.
Originally signed with Hawai'i in 2008 ... grew up playing rugby and basketball in Australia before taking up football at the age of 14 ... quickly took to the game while attending Cavendish Road State High School and playing for the Bayside Ravens and Queensland Sun Devils ... chose the Crimson Tide over LSU, Oklahoma State, Southern California, Arkansas, Oregon State, Mississippi and Tennessee.