18 - Grant Williams
Grant Williams
Height: 6-1
Weight: 225
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Puyallup, Wash.
High School: Rogers HS '08
Position: LB
Experience: 3L*

*** Academic Honors Candidate ***

2012: Listed as a backup at strong-side inside linebacker on preseason depth chart. In four spring scrimmages, he had a team-leading 26 tackles.

2011: Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team for the third-straight year. He had 36 tackles for the season entering EWU’s game against Cal Poly (11/12/11), then recorded a game-high 19 in EWU’s 53-51 triple-overtime victory. His performance ranks as the seventh-most in recorded school history as he was making just his third start of the season at linebacker. Although he started once before as a fullback in 2009, he made his first start on defense versus Washington (9/3/11) and finished with five tackles. He finished the year with a total of four starts and 61 tackles to rank third on the team. He also had nine tackles versus Portland State (10/29/11). 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. 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, including 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 Eagle teammate Keylin Huddleston (’12) also attended Rogers.

Personal: Community health major. Born 11/25/89 in Fayetteville, N.C. Will turn 23 eight days after Eastern plays at Portland State to end the regular season.

 

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

2011

11

61

19

0

1-1

0-0

0

0-0

Totals

36

84

19

0

2-2

1-0

0

0-0

 
 
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