Sophomore Defensive End
6-foot7, 265 pounds, 4.55-seconds in the 40
Richlands (NC) High School
Although asked to step in as a freshman starter, Williams had plenty of shining moments during the 2003 season. He finished off the year with 56 total tackles including 13 tackles-for-loss and five sacks. Williams also added seven QB hurries, 5 pass breakups and two caused fumbles.
-Named a freshman all-american by Scripps/FWAA (first team), College Football News (second team) and The Sporting News (first team).
High School Accolades
-SuperPrep Mid-Atlantic Defensive Player of the Year
-No. 44 player in the nation regardless of position by Insiders.com
-No. 90 player in the nation regardless of position by Tom Lemming
-Consensus position rank: No. 6 DE in the nation
-Shrine Bowl selection
WR coach John “Doc” Holliday
Few players have arrived at NC State with the advanced billing of Mario Williams. Described as being almost freakish from a physical standpoint, Williams has the ability to beat opposing linemen with his speed or strength. He had his ups and downs in 2003 but was amazingly consistent for a freshman just breaking in to the division one ranks. Many feel that 2004 could be a breakout season for Williams and he will be counted on to become a dependable disruptive force against opposing offenses. Should his football instincts catch up to his immense physical abilities, he could end up as one of the top defensive ends ever at NC State.
Williams certainly possesses all-acc caliber potential and could ultimately earn some all-american mention.