Skinny on Sam Williams

Outside Linebacker Fresno State University Bulldogs <BR><BR>

Positives…Tall and rangy player with good straight-line speed…Shows the range to drop back in pass coverage, using his change of direction agility to make plays working in space…Solid tackler who will face up and wrap ball carriers with force…Flashes good hand usage to avoid low blocks…Brings his hips and displays sudden moves coming off the edge as a pass rusher…Special teams standout who serves as the jumper on field goals and extra points…Has made improvements in the weight room, adding 45 pounds to his frame since his freshman year.

Negatives…Lacks the raw power needed to consistently defeat blockers…Allows the opponent to get into his chest too much and needs to develop better hand extension to keep the blockers off his body…Seems a step slow recognizing the play…Must do a better job of mirroring the tight ends in the short area, as he fails to redirect, allowing too much cushion while losing containment…Tends to overrun plays and fails to break down action when working in zone coverage…Needs to push himself harder in the weight room…May be too tall to sink his hips and stay low in his pads in order to be effective defending vs. the pass.


A talented linebacker who came into his as a junior…Rangy, quick defender who was one of the team's best leapers, doubling as a key member of the special teams as the jumper on opposing field goals and extra points…Recorded 145 tackles (93 solos) with four sacks for minus 19 yards and 13 stops for losses of 36 yards in 45 games.


All-Western Athletic Conference honorable mention…Played in ten games, starting nine contests (first two at weakside linebacker before moving to the strong side)…Recorded 60 tackles (37 solos) with six stops for losses of 11 yards and three quarterback pressures… Intercepted a pass and deflected six others…Also recovered two fumbles.

Wisconsin…Set up a score when he advanced a fumble recovery 6 yards, deflected a pass and had 7 tackles (5 solos) with a pressure.

San Diego State…Made 8 tackles (4 solos) with a stop behind the line of scrimmage and a pair of pressures.

Oregon…Switched to the strong-side, responding with a season-high 11 tackles (8 solos).

Oregon State…Made a solo tackle, but suffered a separated right shoulder on a fumble recovery.

Rice, Colorado State and Southern Methodist…Did not play (shoulder).

Boise State…Came off the bench to post 8 tackles (7 solos) and deflect a pass.

Hawaii…Returned to the starting lineup with 4 tackles and a pair of stops behind the line of scrimmage.

Nevada…Batted away 4 passes, intercepted another for a 2-yard return and was in on 3 solo tackles.

San Jose State…Followed with 10 tackles and 2 stops for losses.

Louisiana Tech…Tackled tailback Joe Smith for a 2-yard loss and made 6 tackles.

Georgia Tech (Silicon Valley Bowl)…Did not play…Ruled ineligible by the WAC office, which cited a new rule that athletes must earn at least six credits per semester in order to remain eligible.


Played in every game, starting the final seven contests at weak-side outside linebacker.

Recorded 61 tackles (42 solos) with two sacks for minus 7 yards and four stops for losses of 11 yards…Caused a fumble.

Tulsa…Made 5 tackles (4 solos) and a sack.

Colorado…Blocked an extra point attempt and posted 4 hits.

Boise State…Picked off a pass to set up a score.

Hawaii…In his first start, he responded with 7 tackles (6 solos).

Rice…Added 8 tackles (6 solos) and a stop behind the line of scrimmage.

Southern Methodist…Followed with a 7-tackle (6 solos) performance.

Nevada and San Jose State…Registered 6 tackles in each game.

Utah State…Collected 3 tackles and blocked a punt.v Michigan State (Silicon Valley Bowl)…Had 6 tackles (4 solos).


Played in ten games as a reserve outside linebacker, seeing action mostly on special teams…Recorded 16 tackles (7 solos).

Ohio State…Sacked QB Steve Bellisari for a 3-yard loss and made 3 hits.

UCLA and Tulsa…Added 3 more tackles in each game.

Nevada…Had a season-high 4 tackles (2 solos).


Played in eleven games, collecting 8 tackles (7 solos).

Portland State…Began his career with 3 tackles.

UCLA…Had a stop for a 3-yard loss.


Redshirted as a freshman.


Missed the 2002 Rice, Colorado State and Southern Methodist games after separating his right shoulder vs. Oregon State.

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