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Senior Bowl: Nevada's Duke Williams Boosts Draft Prospects with Outstanding Play

Nevada's Duke Williams Lays on Another Big Hit
Nevada's Duke Williams Lays on Another Big Hit
Michael PatmasCorrespondent IIIJanuary 28, 2013

The 2013 Senior Bowl had one lone representative from the University of Nevada—defensive back Duke Williams. Williams did not miss this opportunity to shine. He had the second best performance among all defensive backs on the North squad, with six tackles—five of which were solo.

Williams' performance comes as no surprise to Wolf Pack fans. He earned All-Conference Honors in the Mountain West Conference in 2012.

In his 38 games for Nevada, Williams racked up 189 total tackles, 132 of which were solo. He also had two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and three interceptions for 42 yards. 

Williams was heavily recruited by several programs including: USC, Washington, Boise State, UNLV and Fresno State, but he chose to play at Nevada.

A former high school track athlete, Williams was once ranked among the top ten triple jumpers in the nation.

But stats aside, having watched every one of his games, what stands out for me about Williams is his enthusiasm and competitive drive. Williams also has a penchant for laying on some really big hits. 

Williams is highly likely to be drafted. With his performance in the Senior Bowl, I think he moves up the board considerably. Keep your eye on this kid—he can play,

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