As rivalry week continues, the spotlight shines on linebacker Nick Williams.
Williams began his football career in high school where, as a tight end, he caught 38 passes for a total of 513 yards. Throughout his high school career, Nick racked up over 200 tackles all together, 86 of which came through during his senior year.
His first year of college, he attended Omaha-Nebraska, where he took a redshirt for the season.
Williams got his first taste of college football in 2009 while attending Omaha-Nebraska where he played in eight games. He started twice and had a total of 10 tackles, five of which were solo and the rest were assisted.
In 2010, Williams played a total of 11 games. He had a total of 19 tackles, three of those recorded for a loss and he recorded on sack for the whole season. Seven of the 11 tackles were solo and one recorded as a pass break up.
Williams went on a football hiatus before joining up with the Griffons. Defensive coordinator Regi Trotter was particularly impressed with his spirit.
“Nick has been a very good addition to the team, coming from UNO and sitting out for a year, he missed football and I’m glad he found the love again because he’s done good things to help us win,” Trotter said.
His first season as a Griffon in 2012, Williams played in all 14 games.
At the end of the season, Williams had accumulated 72 total tackles, 42 of which were solo. He recorded 4 tackles for a loss which was a one tackle improvement from the previous year. He also accomplished 2 sacks and one interceptions
Williams’s history as a tight end makes him a versatile player on the defensive line. Not only can he hit, but he can also catch, which makes future interceptions very, very possible.
“It’s key to be able to play multiple positions, and being a tight end has helped me with that this season,” Williams said.
As a senior, Williams already has a cumulative 57 tackles, with 30 of them being solo tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble.
He is already on track to shatter his last season’s record and his teammates are all very pleased with his athleticism and tact.
“I think he’s a great leader. As far as reliability, he makes the big play, he can make the big play. We can trust him,” tight end Reggie Jordan said.
Overall, Williams has made himself at home here at Western.
“For me, it’s been fun getting my last season in, I’ve really enjoyed playing my last season as a Griffon,” Williams said.
This may be William’s last game, as this is the deciding factor as to whether the Griffons go on to playoffs.
“We’ll see how it’s gone for the team Saturday. I’m all about this game, they want to beat us so bad and we want to beat them so bad. So, it’s going to be intense on the field,” Williams said.
After he graduates Williams plans to hold a fulltime position at Alltech here in St. Joseph, which he starts right after he graduates in December.
Be sure to catch Williams in action as the Griffons welcome the Northwest Bearcats to Spratt Stadium for the final MIAA conference game of the season. Kickoff is scheduled on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2:37 p.m.