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Leon Williams

position

Linebacker

Height

6-3

Weight

238 lbs.

Class

Senior

Hometown

Brooklyn, N.Y.

High School

Canarsie HS

CAREER: Butkus Award finalist in 2004 was considered the heir apparent toJonathan Vilma for the job at middle linebacker…Outstanding special teamsplayer in 2002 and 2003 has been considered a potential star of the UM linebackercorps…In three seasons, has started five of 35 games played, making92 tackles (45 solo), 2.5 sacks and one fumble recovery…Liberal arts major.

2004 (JUNIOR): Played in 10 games, starting five times, in an injury-marredseason…Totaled 56 tackles (20 solo), eight tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, oneforced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup…Started at middlelinebacker in the season opener vs. Florida State and made 3 tackles beforesuffering a hand injury…Missed the next two games (Louisiana Tech andHouston)…Returned to action at Georgie Tech and did not start, but playedand had a huge game. Recorded 9 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and 1.5 sacks.Was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for hisperformance…Played in a reserve role vs. Louisville and made 3tackles…Played at NC State but did not make any tackles…Started at middlelinebacker at North Carolina and made 3 tackles and forced onefumble…Played as a reserve against Clemson and made 3 tackles…Made 3tackles in limited action at Virginia…Started at middle linebacker vs. WakeForest and registered 7 tackles, including 2 tackles for loss and 1 passbreakup…Started at middle linebacker vs. Virginia Tech and led the team with14 tackles, including 3 tackles for loss…Started in the Peach Bowl againstFlorida and led the team with 11 tackles (5 solo).

2003 (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 13 games, making 23 tackles (10 solos) and had one stop for a loss of four yards…made a season-high five tackles twice: against Boston College (four solos) and Temple (one solo)…had a stop for a loss at Boston College…made four assists against Syracuse…had three tackles at Louisiana Tech…had two tackles at Florida State…had one stop in games against Florida, East Carolina, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh.

2002 (FRESHMAN): Saw plenty of action on special teams, in addition to playing in several games as a backup middle linebacker…credited with 14 tackles (nine solos)…had a season-high four tackles against Rutgers…made three tackles against Pittsburgh…had two tackles against both Syracuse and Connecticut…had one stop against Boston College, West Virginia and Virginia Tech.

2001 (REDSHIRT): Sat out the 2001 season with a redshirt and played on the Hurricanes’ scout team.

HIGH SCHOOL: Brooklyn Canarsie…dubbed by one publication as the best college football prospect in the New York City area in 25 years…Parade All-American…USA Today first-team All-American…Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of New York…recorded 98 tackles, 12 quarterback sacks, recovered four fumbles and intercepted three passes as a senior in 2000…played tight end during his junior season, catching 20 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns…SuperPrep All-American and a member of SuperPrep’s Elite 50 top national prospects…No. 27 prospect overall, regardless of position, in the nation by SuperPrep…No. 1 prospect overall in the state of New York by SuperPrep…timed at 4.55 in the 40-yard dash…coached by Mike Camardese.

WILLIAMS’ CAREER STATISTICS

  TACKLES FUMBLES
Year G-S TT UT AT TFL QBH SACKS FF FR PBU Int.
2001 Did not play – Medical Redshirt
2002 12-0 14 9 5 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0
2003 13-0 22 16 6 1-3 0 0-0 0 0 1 0-0
2004 10-5 56 20 36 8-37 0 2.5-27 1 1-0 1 0-0
Totals 35-5 92 45 47 9-40 0 2.5-27 1 1-0 2 0-0