2  Ian Williams
Ian Williams

Hometown:
Brampton, Ontario

High School:
Centenniel HS

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 233

Position:
OLB

Experience:
2L


Enters fall camp as the starter at "will" linebacker ... Participated in spring drills ... Went through his first contact work since having brain surgery in the summer of 1999 ... Had a benign tumor removed and sat out during the fall of 1999 ... Returned during the spring and registered three tackles in the Blue-Gray game ...

1999: Was held out during the 1999 season while recovering from brain surgery ... Was diagnosed with a brain tumor after suffering a seizure during the summer of 1999 ... Was operated on and had the benign tumor removed ... Within three weeks he was back in the weightroom and working out ... Was held out during the fall and it is hoped that he will return to the team for the fall of 2000 ... Will enter the spring as the backup to Caspor Stiles at the "wolf" linebacker position ...

1998: Lettered as a linebacker while appearing in 10 of 11 games ... Opened the season with three tackles against Ole Miss ... Had four stops the following week in the Mississippi State contest ... Was credited with five tackles in the Tigers' win over Cincinnati ... Had a season high four solos in the Cincinnati game ... Top performance of the season came in the Southern Mississippi contest when he recorded six tackles ... Had one quarterback sack in 1998 ... Logged a sack in the Minnesota game ... Finished the season with 27 tackles including 12 solo stops ...Was injured in the spring and missed the Blue-Gray game ... Still managed eight tackles in the scrimmages ...

1997: After working as a redshirted offensive player during the 1996 season, was moved to defense ... Was moved to linebacker in the spring of 1997 and responded by earning his first letter ... Appeared in ten games as either a linebacker or a member of the Tiger special teams ... Finished the season with 12 tackles including one tackle for lost yardage (-nine yards) ... Scored his first career touchdown in the Michigan State game when he took a lateral from Don Haselwood's fumble return and ran seven yards for a score ... Had three tackles in the Michigan State game to go along with his touchdown ... Also registered three tackles in the win over Arkansas State ... Was credited with two tackles in the Alabama-Birmingham and Minnesota games ... Worked as a member of the coverage teams ...

1996: Was redshirted during the 1996 season ... Spent the fall of 1996 working as a member of the offensive scout team ... Worked as a wide receiver during the spring of 1996 ... Led the offense in receiving in the 1996 Blue-Gray game with four receptions for 54 yards ... Had the game's long reception at 38 yards ... An outstanding athlete who could play several positions for the Tigers ... Came to Memphis as a quarterback but was moved to wide receiver in the spring ... Led the team in receiving in the spring game with four receptions for 54 yards ... Had a long reception of 38 yards ...

Prep: Was rated as one of the top five athletes in Canada according to the Toronto Star newspaper ... Led Brampton to a 12-0 record in 1995 ... Claimed the championship in the Toronto Bowl ... Played both quarterback and defensive back in high school ... Has also lettered in basketball and track ... Threw the javelin for the track team ... Brother Aaron plays defensive line for Indiana ...

Born: 11/18/76 ... Is the son of Earl Williams and Joan Pye ... Played for high school coach George Fotopolous.

WILLIAMS' STATISTICS

DefenseG/S UT AT Tot. FR Int Loss Sack
199710/066120-701-91-9
199810/0121527000-01-0
1999medical
Total20/01821390-701-92-9

WILLIAMS' CAREER HIGHS
Most Tackles/Game: 6 vs Southern Miss ('98)
Most Solo Tackles/Game: 4 vs Cincinnati ('98)
Most Assisted Tackles/Game: 2 vs UAB & Minnesota ('97)

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