82   Preston Williams
Preston Williams

RS Senior

Urbana, IL

High School:

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 180



2008: Made two appearances on special teams. Played against Indiana State (9-20) and Toledo (10-18).

2007: Saw action in three games as a back-up wide receiver. Played against Southern Illinois (9-8), Eastern Michigan (9-15) and Toledo (10-27). On the field for five snaps as a wideout in the Toledo game.

2006: Played in two games as a reserve. Saw time against Indiana State (9-23) and versus Temple (10-21).

2005: Redshirted.

High School: Named team co-captain and MVP, first team All-Big 12 Conference at quarterback and defensive back and league Offensive Player of the Year. Selected first team Champaign News-Gazette All-Area at defensive back and Area Player of the Year, second team Chicago Tribune All-State at defensive back, and first team Champaign News-Gazette All-State on defense as a senior. Amassed 1,851 yards of total offense on 63-of-148 pass attempts for 1,165 yards and 11 TDs, and 686 rushing yards and 11 TDs. Totaled 30 tackles, seven interceptions, and five fumble-causing hits on defense for Class 6A playoff qualifier during his senior campaign. Tied school record with 40 career touchdowns and compiled 3,482 career yards. Voted team co-MVP, first team All-Big 12 at defensive back, and first team Champaign News-Gazette All-Area after scoring two defensive TDs on a fumble recovery return and an interception during his junior year. Team's Outstanding Sophomore and honorable mention Champaign News-Gazette All-Area during his second prep season. Earned three letters in football and basketball and two in baseball. Basketball team's Defensive Player of the Year and honorable mention All-Big 12 as a junior. Recipient of Thurgood Marshall Academic Award, Big 12 Leadership Award, and Big 12 Scholar-Athlete Award. Honor Roll student.

Personal: Born Nov. 5, 1986. Son of Preston and Ivy Williams of Urbana, Ill. History major. Father Preston Williams, Jr., lettered in baseball at Indiana State (1976-79). Sister, Jackie Williams, played softball at Illinois State (2004-07).

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