One of the Tide's most experienced players, with 40 career starts over four years ... fourth on the team with a career-high 21 receptions for 166 yards and a career-best three touchdowns during the 2012 season ... 12 of his 21 receptions have gone for first downs ... plays a big part of the Crimson Tide running game as an edge blocker for team that is averaging 224.6 yards per game ... named one of the Alabama offensive players of the week following games vs. Tennessee, Mississippi State and Western Carolina. Michigan: Caught a two-yard touchdown in the Tide's 41-14 win over the No. 8 Wolverines ... helped block for 232 rushing yards. Western Kentucky: Started but did not have a catch in 35-0 win over the Hilltoppers. Arkansas: Caught two passes for 20 yards and helped block for 225 yards of rushing offense. Florida Atlantic: Caught a career-high four passes for 25 yards against the Owls ... also helped block for 256 yards in the rushing game. Mississippi: Started but did not catch a pass in the Tide's 33-14 win. Missouri: Hauled in his longest pass of the year for 17 yards and a first down. Tennessee: Caught his second touchdown of the year on a 1-yard grab from AJ McCarron.
Had another five-yard reception to convert a first down. Mississippi State: Made a career-best five catches for 38 yards to earn offensive player of the week honors ... snagged his career-best third touchdown of the 2012 season on a nine-yard pass from McCarron ... helped the Tide rush for 179 yards. LSU: Caught one pass for six yards ... helped block for 166 yards in the running game. Texas A&M: Started and caught one pass for a season-long 20 yards to convert a Crimson Tide first down. Western Carolina: Earned offensive player of the week honors from the Alabama coaching staff ... was very effective in run blocking and caught one pass for a season-high 22 yards and a first down. Auburn: Caught one pass for five yards and a first down in the Iron Bowl. Georgia: Had two receptions for five yards while helping block for 350 rushing yards.
Originally recruited as a defensive end, Williams soon moved to the offensive side of the ball once he arrived in Tuscaloosa. After a brief stint as a lineman, he was used as a reserve tight end early in his career. Williams became a full-time starter in 2010 as a sophomore and his production improved each season, culminating with career-bests this past season (24 catches, 183 yards, four touchdowns).
Williams didn't produce overwhelming statistics for a three-year starter, but he was often asked to stay home and block. The Tide's offensive line has been arguably the best in the nation the past few years and Williams is a large part of that as the unsung glue of the Alabama offense. He won't wow athletically or with speed, but his blocking ability will make him an attractive option for teams that utilize double tight end sets.
Williams was a steady force for Alabama ... a two-year starter at tight end with 27 career starts and 13 on the season ... caught 16 passes for 191 yards for an 11.9 yards per catch average with two receiving touchdowns and a two-point conversion catch ... tremendous blocking tight end on the edge of the Crimson Tide offense ... played a key role in Alabama's 16th ranked rushing offense that averaged 214.5 yards per game ... UA Offensive Player of the Week following the Penn State game where he showed he could also be a play-maker ... also helped the Tide on special teams, starting on the kickoff return unit and the field goal team ... seven of his 16 receptions went for first downs with five counting as explosive plays of 15 yards or more. Kent State: Started and helped the Tide roll up 482 yards of total offense. Penn State: Produced one of the best games of his career with three catches for 34 yards and a touchdown ... hauled in a bullet from AJ McCarron from seven yards out. North Texas: Caught one pass for 10 yards and a first down ... helped the Tide run for a season-best 347 yards. Arkansas: Hauled in a career-long 37-yard touchdown pass on a fake punt on the opening drive of the game against the Razorbacks ... cleared a path for 197 yards rushing. Florida: Equaled a season-high with three catches ... had 32 yards receiving ... long grab of 22 yards.
Vanderbilt: Started but did not catch a pass for only the second time this season. Mississippi: Again proved to be a big-play threat with a 34-yard reception that moved the chains for the Crimson Tide ... blocked for two 100-yard rushers as the Tide accounted for a season-high 389 rushing yards ... finished with two receptions for a career-high 39 yards. Tennessee: Started but did not have a catch. LSU: Caught one pass for one yard vs. the top-ranked Tigers. Mississippi State: Made his 10th start of the season as the Tide opened in a three-wide formation ... caught one pass for 16 yards and a first down. Georgia Southern: Started but did not have a catch ... helped clear a path for 272 yards rushing. Auburn: Caught two passes for 12 yards ... caught a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter to help put away the Tigers 42-14. LSU (BCS National Championship Game): Made two receptions for 10 yards in the Crimson Tide's win that clinched the school's 14th national championship.
Williams started in 11 of the 13 contests and hauled in eight passes for 100 yards and a touchdown ... returned two kicks for 15 yards with a long of nine yards. San Jose State: Did not record a catch but helped provide the blocks for the Tide to amass 257 yards on the ground. Penn State: Did not record any statistics but helped pave the way for Trent Richardson to become the first back to rush for over 100 yards against the Nittany Lions in the previous 17 games. Duke: Did not haul in a pass but provided the time and the holes for the Tide to amass 626 yards of total offense, including 315 on the ground. Arkansas: Hauled in his first two passes of the season, covering nine yards ... helped provide the blocks for the Tide to rush for 227 yards, including 157 by Mark Ingram. Florida: Caught his first career touchdown on a 19-yard pass thrown by Marquis Maze out of the Wildcat formation. South Carolina: Caught one pass for a career-best 32 yards. Tennessee: Hauled in one pass for four yards. LSU: Hauled in one pass for 18 yards against the Tigers. Mississippi State: Came off the bench for the first time this season ... caught one pass for 15 yards. Auburn: Once again earned the start at tight end ... did not record any statistics. Michigan State: Caught his eighth pass of the season off the bench in the Capital One Bowl victory ... the reception went for three yards.
He played in all 14 games as a reserve tight end ... made first career start against Mississippi State and made three starts during the year ... totaled three receptions for 29 yards ... a key blocker for the Tide's No. 12 rushing attack. Tennessee: Made his first career catch for four yards, coming off the bench. LSU: Hauled in two passes for 25 yards, including a long of 14. Mississippi State: Earned the start at tight end but did not record any statistics ... helped pave the way for the Tide offense to amass 252 yards on the ground, including 149 yards by Mark Ingram. Chattanooga: Started but did not record any statistics ... helped provide the blocks for an Alabama rushing attack that amassed 313 yards. Auburn: Started for the third straight game, but did not have any statistics. Florida: Came off the bench but did not have a catch ... helped block for a Tide rushing attack that amassed 251 yards against the No. 1 nationally ranked defense. Texas: Played but did not catch a pass ... his blocking was instrumental in the Tide's 205 yards rushing in a 37-21 victory over the Longhorns that clinched Alabama's 13th national championship.
Redshirted during his freshman season at the Capstone in 2008.
Williams was ranked as the No. 26 defensive end nationally by ESPN.com ... listed as the No. 4 defensive end nationally and the No. 10 overall prospect on the Alabama Top 35 list by Rivals.com ... the No. 17 defensive end nationally by Scout.com ... earned Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State honors and was the ASWA Class 2A lineman of the year ... member of The Mobile Press-Register Elite 18 and Super Southeast 120 lists ... named West Alabama All-Star by The Tuscaloosa News ... earned first-team All-State honors as a junior and honorable mention accolades on offense as a tight end ... listed as the No. 20 prospect in the state by SuperPrep magazine and the No. 42 defensive line prospect nationally... The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super South 100 selection ... had over 400 yards receiving for five touchdowns as a tight end in his senior season ... also had 243 yards and two scores rushing to go with 63 tackles and 14 sacks on defense as a senior ... team won three straight Regional titles and made a Class 2A state second round appearance in 2007... recorded 68 tackles and 11 sacks as a junior ... earned All-County, All-Area and honorable mention All-State honors in basketball ... played for head coach Jack Cook.