Williams teamed with Ronnie Brown to give the Tigers the premier running back tandem in college football. While most teams would love to have one franchise runner, the Tigers boasted two, and found ways to utilize both of their skills. They pushed each other to succeed, as there was no animosity between the two friends over shared playing time.
The former Alabama Mr. Football and USA Today Alabama Player of the Year started all four years at Etowah High School, where he rushed for 2,612 yards and 38 touchdowns as a junior and 1,729 yards with 23 scores as a junior. On defense, he recorded 78 tackles and six interceptions as a senior. The four-year starter earned Parade, PrepStar and SuperPrep All-America honors and was nominated for the ESPN.com Offensive Player of the Year Award. He was named The Gadsden Times Area Player of the Year as a senior and Etowah County Player of the Year as a junior. He was also the Orlando Sentinel Alabama Player of the Year in 2000.
Williams appeared in 10 games in 2001, sitting out vs. Mississippi with an ankle sprain. He still managed to gain 614 yards on 120 carries (5.1 avg.) with six touchdowns. He missed the final six games of the 2002 season after breaking his left fibula vs. Florida, gaining 745 yards with 10 scores on 141 attempts (5.3 avg.). Williams returned fully recovered in 2003, tying the school single-season record with 17 touchdowns, as he amassed 1,307 yards on 241 attempts.
In 2004, he garnered All-America honors and was named to the All-Southeastern Conference first team as both a running back and return specialist. Williams led the team in rushing for the third time in his career. He carried 239 times for 1,165 yards (4.9 avg.) and made marked improvement as a receiver, catching 21 passes for 152 yards (7.2 avg.) and a score. He returned eight kickoffs for 150 yards (18.8 avg.) and totaled 251 yards on 22 attempts (11.4 avg.) in his first venture into handling punt returns. He also completed his only pass attempt for a 29-yard touchdown. Williams closed out the season with 1,718 all-purpose yards. Only James Brooks (1,800 yards in 1979) and Bo Jackson (1,859 in 1985) gained more all-purpose yards in a season for the Tigers.
In 42 games at Auburn, Williams rushed 741 times for 3,831 yards (5.2 avg.) and 45 touchdowns, breaking the old school career records of 657 rushing attempts by Joe Cribbs (1976-79) and 43 scores by Jackson (1982-85). Only Jackson (4,303) gained more yards on the ground in school history.
He added 342 yards on 45 receptions (7.6 avg.) with a touchdown, returned 22 punts for 251 yards (11.4 avg.), had 29 kickoff returns for 609 yards (21.0 avg.) and completed both pass attempts for 48 yards and a score. Williams scored a school career record 276 points, topping the old mark of 274 points by Jackson. He finished his career with 5,033 all-purpose yards, ranking second in school annals behind Brooks (5596, 1977-80).
Williams scored a rushing touchdown in 29 of 42 games in his career and scored two or more rushing touchdowns in 12 of those contests. He also earned nine SEC Player of the Week honors in his career, the most in conference history.
Positives: Has a lean frame, but displays solid muscle development and has long legs Shows above-average quickness, speed and timing hitting the rush lanes Has very good balance to slip his way through the pile and does a very good job of keeping his feet after initial contact Can pick and slide through the holes and will generally make the first tackler miss Self-starter who pushes himself in the weight room and practices, has a team-first work ethic, takes well to hard coaching and is well respected by staff and teammates Has that explosive first step and acceleration to get to top speed instantly Has a natural feel for the rush lanes, anticipates openings and is patient waiting for blocks to develop Runs with good toughness up the middle, getting through trash quickly while showing strength, balance and body control to slide through the holes Not the type that will push the pile, but will square his shoulders, lower his head and drive hard with his feet to get additional yardage Has the hip swerve and burst to turn the corner and take the ball to the house His acceleration allows him to separate in the open and maintain top speed throughout the run While he was only recently used as a downfield receiver, he showed adequate hands and the quickness to separate underneath Considered to be a better cut blocker in the open rather than one who will face up and sustain at the line or vs. the blitz Reads defensive schemes well and has the slashing ability to explode off his plant Even though he lacks ideal size, he shows vision, explosion, burst and quickness, along with exceptional balance to manufacture yards on his own.
Negatives: Has a very lean lower body with sprinter's legs Does not have the strength to push the pile Might not be able to add more weight to absorb punishment at the next level, as his frame appears to have little room for additional growth. Has ball security issues, especially on pitch-outs, as he has marginal hands Has made improvement as a receiver, but is prone to letting the ball into his body and double catching it, rather than extend for the ball away from the body's frame Gets stonewalled quite a bit trying to pick up the blitz due to his lack of size and lower-body strength.
2001 -- Sat out the Mississippi game (10/6) with a left ankle sprain Fractured his left clavicle vs. Alabama (11/17), sitting out the Louisiana State and Peach Bowl clash vs. North Carolina.
2002 -- Missed the final six games after fracturing his left fibula early in the Florida game (10/19).
CAMPUS: 4.46 in the 40-yard dash 325-pound bench press 485-pound squat. 325-pound power clean 37-inch vertical jump 10-foot-3 broad jump 4.07 20-yard shuttle Right-handed Wears contacts. COMBINE: 4.5 in the 40-yard dash 2.63 20-yard dash 1.59 10-yard dash 4.15 20-yard shuttle 11.46 60-yard shuttle 6.94 three-cone drill 35½-inch vertical jump. 9-foot-10 broad jump Bench-pressed 225 pounds 19 times 30 5/8-inch arm length 8¼-inch hands.
Attended Etowah (Attala, Ala.) High School, playing for coach Raymond Farmer Earned Alabama Mr. Football and USA Today Alabama Player of the Year honors Started all four years, as he rushed for 2,612 yards and 38 touchdowns as a junior and 1,729 yards with 23 scores as a junior On defense, he recorded 78 tackles and six interceptions as a senior Earned Parade, PrepStar and SuperPrep All-America honors and was nominated for the ESPN.com Offensive Player of the Year Award Named The Gadsden Times Area Player of the Year as a senior and Etowah County Player of the Year as a junior Was also the Orlando Sentinel Alabama Player of the Year in 2000.
Sociology major Son of Sherry Jackson and Aaron Turner Nicknamed "Cadillac." Born April 21, 1982 Resides in Attala, Ala.
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