2013 Surprise Players - No. 8

IlliniPlaybook counts down the list of Illinois players who will surprise during the 2013 season.

No. 8 - DL Vontrell Williams

Why Vontrell Williams? Why not?

The Chicago native redshirted during his first year on campus in 2012 and enters this season listed at 6-foot-4, 300 pounds. He's currently listed as the primary backup to Jake Howe at nose tackle, but given Howe's lack of game experience, the starting job is anything but solidified.

There's plenty to like about Williams. He has ideal size and he comes from a winning program. He had 15 sacks while helping Mount Carmel High to the 2011 Chicago Prep Bowl Championship.

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