Eli Williams Interviews For UF GA Position

Sources have told GatorCountry.com that former Florida running back/cornerback Eli Williams has interviewed with Coach Urban Meyer for a graduate assistant position on the Florida football team. We understand that former defensive coaches Bob Stoops, Bob Sanders, and several former Florida players have been in contact with Coach Meyer advocating on Williams' behalf. I hope to confirm this in an interview with Williams later this week. It's uncertain when Meyer will announce his decision.

Williams spent last season as offensive coordinator at Astronaut High School in Titusville. The War Eagles went 7-3 in the regular season and lost to Lakeland Kathleen 27-21 in the playoffs. In 2004, he served as the Astronaut defensive coordinator and helped lead the War Eagles to the payoffs where they finally lost to Miami Washington. Astronaut had one of the top defenses in the state.

One aspect that would seemingly serve Williams well is his vast experience on both sides of the ball. He was a three-year starter at running back where he amassed 2,181 yards, ninth best in Florida history, and scored 15 touchdowns. His 6.4 yards per carry average is still a school career record. Williams also holds the Gators season record with 7.5 yards per carry. Additionally, he hauled in 63 receptions for 842 yards and four touchdowns out of the backfield.

Despite his success in the offensive backfield, Williams moved to cornerback as a senior and was outstanding in former defensive coordinator Bob Stoops aggressive coverage. His play was noted by the Atlanta Falcons, who selected him in the sixth round of the 1998 draft. The Falcons went to the Super Bowl during his rookie year. Williams enjoyed a five year career in the National Football League.

We hope to have more on this story as it develops.

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