Spartan Digest has watched fifth-year senior safety R.J. Williamson since he was attending Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar High School and he's not disappointed in what we felt was his ability as a player.
Now entering his final year as a Spartan, Williamson knows he's learned a lot about the game of football from his coaches at Michigan State but also about the game of life.
With many expecting Williamson to have his biggest season yet, he fully understands his role as a leader on and off the field and is embracing it with the same vigor he attacks an opposing offense.
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PRIOR TO MSU
Was a three-sport athlete in high school competing in football, basketball and track with success in all three sports. Ranked as one of the best cornerbacks in high school where he was a three-year starter playing on both sides of the ball.
SINCE ARRIVING AT MSU
Enters his second season as the starting strong safety having collected 130 tackles and 17 passes defended with six interceptions in 38 career games with 12 career starts
In 2012 played in 11 games to earn his first letter and was named to several All-Freshman Teams. Most remember his acrobatic catch off a tipped pass in the end zone for his first career interception against Boise State.
In 2013 he only started two games but was eighth on the team with 44 tackles including four stops against Stanford in the Rose Bowl.
Last season saw action in all 13 games with ten starts and finished ranked third on the team in tackles with 59 tackles. Had three interceptions including two returned for touchdowns. Led MSU with 10 tackles in 2015 Cotton Bowl and helped set up the Spartans winning score when he returned Marcus Rush's blocked field goal for 36 yards to set up the winning touchdown.