98 - Renard Williams
Renard Williams
Height: 6-2
Weight: 300
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Port Orchard, Wash.
High School: South Kitsap HS '07
Position: DL
Experience: 3L*

* Honors Candidate *

Career: Featuring his signature celebratory salute following a big play he makes for Eastern, Williams now has 18 sacks in his career to rank 10th in school history. Constantly drawing double teams from opposing teams, he has 116 tackles in his 38-game career (29 as a starter), including 40 for losses totaling 204 yards. He needs only six more tackles for loss to move into fifth on the school’s career leaders list. His five forced fumbles in his career is currently tied with teammate Matt Johnson for third in school history, just one behind the school record shared by two players. Because he was a non-qualifier out of high school and could not practice with the Eagles in the 2007-08 school year, he started throwing up at his first practice with the Eagles in August ’08. “And I threw up the whole practice,” he said. The progress of Williams since his freshman season was illustrated on Dec. 11, 2010, in EWU’s 38-31 overtime win over North Dakota State when he refused to come out of the game for a fresher player. Said defensive line coach Ryan Sawyer: “He walked up to me, gave me this dead stare and said, ‘I’m in the zone. Do NOT take me off that field.’ This was the same guy who used to be tapping his helmet to come out of the game every four or five plays.”

2011: Listed as a starter at defensive tackle on preseason depth chart. Joins teammate Matt Johnson on the Buck Buchanan Award “Watch List” as a candidate for the award given to the top defensive player in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision by The Sports Network. Selected to the 28-member Athlon College Football Preview preseason All-America team, as well as earning first-team preseason All-America honors from Consensus Draft Services. Lindy’s College Football Preview selected him as its preseason All-America second team and he was also a first-team preseason All-American by Phil Steele’s FCS College Football Preview. The Sporting News picked him as the preseason Defensive Player of the Year in the Big Sky Conference. The Sports Network selected him as one of the top 10 returning defensive linemen in FCS in 2011, and he earned a similar honor from College Football Performance Awards as one of the top 40 defensive linemen back. Earned preseason All-Big Sky Conference honors as selected by the league’s media and sports information directors, and was also a first-team All-BSC selection by Phil Steele. In limited snaps in four spring scrimmages, he had a pair of sacks and three total tackles.

2010: Williams, a two-time first-team All-Big Sky Conference selection, was selected to College Sporting News “Sweet 63” All-America Team as a junior. Besides his team-leading 6 1/2 sacks and 54 total tackles, he had a school-record four forced fumbles in 2010 as a 15-game starter. 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 had a two-sack effort against North Dakota State (12/11/10) in the FCS Playoffs for the fourth multi-sack performance of his career. Eastern iced a 36-27 victory over Montana (9/18/10) with a 34-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Williams after a sack and forced fumble by sophomore defensive end Jerry Ceja. Moments after Mike Jarrett made a go-ahead field goal with four seconds to play, Montana tried several laterals on the ensuing kickoff before fumbling and recovering, which led to one more lateral. Fans thought the game had concluded with the fumble and stormed the field, but officials assessed a penalty on Eastern and gave Montana one last untimed down. Ceja's sack and the return by Williams clinched the victory, and once again, fans stormed the field in EWU’s debut on its red Sprinturf surface at Roos Field. As a result, Williams earned co-team defensive player of the week honors, an honor he also received after the NDSU game. Williams was selected as a second-team selection on The Sports Network preseason FCS football All-America team, as well as by Phil Steele College Football Preview Magazine. He was selected as a preseason first-team All-Big Sky selection by Phil Steele and a panel of media and sports information directors also selected him to its preseason All-BSC squad.

2009: Earned first-team All-Big Sky Conference honors after finishing the season with 9 1/2 sacks to rank as the 11th-most in school history. He ranked 17th in FCS with an average of 0.79 sacks per game. He had a pair of sacks versus both Idaho State (10/3/09) and Stephen F. Austin (11/28/09), and had 1 1/2 versus Southern Utah (11/14/09). He also had a sack against California (9/12/09) to earn team defensive player of the week honors. He had a season-high six tackles in the loss in the FCS Playoffs to SFA.

2008: Started seven games at nose tackle, including the last four of the season. He was the team’s defensive player of the week against Sacramento State (11/1/08) when he finished with a career-high eight tackles. Williams had sacks in victories versus Montana State (10/18/08) and Weber State (11/22/08). He helped Eastern finish an impressive 11th in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision in rushing defense (93.5), as well as fifth in sacks (3.09 per game) and ninth nationally in tackles for loss (7.9 per game).

2007: Redshirted.

HS: Graduated from South Kitsap HS in 2007. Earned first-team 4A All-State honors as a defensive lineman from Associated Press. The Seattle Times and WashingtonPreps.com also selected him to its All-State squads. He was selected to the Tacoma News Tribune All-Area team as he finished his senior season with 78 total tackles. Williams was also named to the Kitsap Sun All-West Sound team and he was the Narrows League Bay Division Bridge Division Defensive MVP. He also played fullback on offense. He won the 2007 State 4A championship in the shot put with a toss of 59-3. He was coached in football at South Kitsap by former Eastern linebacker D.J. Sigurdson (1986-89). His Eagle teammate Isaiah Davis (’11) also attended South Kitsap. Personal: Born 3/19/89 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Interdisciplinary liberal arts major.

Year GP   TT     Hi   S     TL-Yds     FF-FR PBU  I-Yds
2008 11   27   8    2     8-30          0-0    0    0-0
2009 12   35   6   9.5   16-93        1-0    0    0-0
2010 15   54   6   6.5   16-81        4-2    1    0-0
Tot.   38  116 8  18.0 40-204     5-2  1    0-0
Blocked Kicks: 2008/1
Multiple Sack Games
2.0 (19 yards) - North Dakota St. - 12/11/10
2.0 (13 yards) - Stephen F. Austin - 11/28/09
2.0 (19 yards) - Idaho State - 10/17/09
1.5 (16 yards) - Southern Utah - 11/14/09

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