Washington Huskies Player Profile: Nate Williams

Mike McDonaldContributor IAugust 7, 2009

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 6:  Nate Williams #8 and Mesphin Forrester #23 of the Washington Huskies tackle a  BYU Cougars player during their game on September 6, 2008 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The Cougars defeated the Huskies 28-27. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

At 6'1'' 221lbs, Nate Williams is coming in as one of the Huskies top defenders in 2009. Williams runs a respectable 4.55 40-yard dash and has great acceleration and field vision. He was one of seven true freshmen that played in the 2007 season and he played in all 12 games last year as a sophomore and put up pretty good numbers. Williams chalked up 78 tackles (second in Husky defense) and was 17th in the Pac with 6.33 tackles per game. He earned honorable mention for All-Pac-10 last year as well as KING-TV’s Most Improved Player Award on the defense at the Husky banquet.

Last year against BYU, Williams had his biggest game. He had a season high 13 tackles. He also put up 11 tackles against Oregon St, 9 tackles against Stanford, and four tackles plus his only interception of the year against Notre Dame.

Williams is now an upper classmen which means that it is his turn to step up and become a leader in the backfield. He has been a mentor to the younger players coming in and is helping the front of the defense be where they need to be. Now that the Husky defense is hoping to be more explosive this year, look for Williams to use his acceleration to his benefit in some safety rushes. He may be able to get into triple digits in tackles this year with at least three sacks and five interceptions.