18 Grant Williams
18 Grant Williams
Height: 6-1
Weight: 225
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Puyallup, Wash.
High School: Rogers HS '08
Position: LB
Experience: 2L*

* Academic Honors Candidate *

2011: Listed as a co-starter with Tyler Washburn at strong-side inside linebacker on preseason depth chart. In four spring scrimmages, he had a team-leading 15 tackles, including eight in the Red-White Spring Game.

2010: Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team for the second-straight year. He saw significant action late in the NCAA Division I Championship Game (1/7/11) at linebacker as the Eagles tried several combinations to replace injured 15-game starter Tyler Washburn. Williams finished with a tackle in the 20-19 victory over Delaware as the Eagles held the Blue Hens scoreless on their last four possessions. He had a season-high four tackles versus Central Washington (9/11/10) and had three tackles with a forced fumble versus Portland State (10/30/10). He helped the Eagle defense rank first nationally in interceptions (total of 26) and turnovers gained (47), and finish sixth nationally in red zone defense, as it allowed just 38 scores in 58 opponent trips inside the Eagle 20-yard line. He was also EWU’s special teams player of the week against Central Washington (9/11/10). He had 18 tackles in four spring scrimmages after playing as a tailback and fullback in the 2009 season.

2009: Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. He made the first start of his career against California (9/12/09) at tailback, having taken the majority of snaps in practice during the week leading up to the game while a trio of Eagle running backs nursed minor injuries. He finished the year with three carries for eight yards, and caught two passes for nine yards with a 4-yard touchdown catch versus Cal. He was also credited with five tackles on special teams, including two in the NCAA Football Championship Playoffs against Stephen F. Austin (11/28/09).

2008: Redshirted.

HS: Graduated from Rogers HS in 2008. The Tacoma News Tribune selected him to its All-State team as a linebacker. Selected to play in the 4A/3A East-West All-State Game. He was also a first-team All-Area selection by the TNT as a linebacker. Named by the Seattle Times as a “White Chip” selection as one of the top 100 prospects in the state of Washington. Was a first-team All-South Puget Sound League 4A South Division selection as both a tight end and linebacker. Rogers won the SPSL South Division title his senior season and finished 7-3. His team held opponents to an average of less than 10 points per game as he had 86 tackles (12.3 per game). He also caught 16 passes for 332 yards and four touchdowns and was selected as a team captain. As a junior, he earned second-team All-SPSL 4A South Division honors as a linebacker. He earned honorable-mention all-league honors as a sophomore. He also played basketball and baseball at Rogers, earning second-team All-SPSL 4A South Division honors in 2007 as an outfielder. His EWU teammate Josh Jacobson (’05) also attended Rogers HS.

Personal: Born 11/25/89 in Fayetteville, N.C. Will turn 22 six days after Eastern plays Idaho State. Recreation management major.

Year GP   TT   Hi   S    TL-Yds     FF-FR PBU  I-Yds
2009 10   5     2    0    0-0          0-0   0    0-0
2010 15   18   4    0    1-1          1-0   0    0-0
Tot.  25   23   4    0   1-1         1-0   0    0-0


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