Started six games last season, including final three at SAM ... outstanding athlete who has been patient while awaiting starting nod ... solid leadership abilities ... claimed role in the middle during spring drills.
2006 - Played in 12 games, starting six at strongside and middle linebacker ... had six tackles and a tackle for loss in the bowl win over Minnesota ... tackled UM quarterback for an eight-yard loss on 3rd & 7 to force Gopher punt ... the ensuing drive by Tech resulted in the game-tying field goal at the end of regulation ... posted a career-high in tackles with 24 and also picked up his first career sack against Baylor...had a season-high five tackles in games against Southeastern Louisiana, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State...enters the spring as the veteran in the linebacker corps with the departure of three senior starters.
2005 - Played in all 12 games and was an integral member of special teams ... finished the season with 16 tackles and also had an interception ... opened the season with two tackles against Florida International ... had a season-high three stops against Indiana State and matched the total in the win at Baylor ... posted a tackles for loss against ISU and grabbed first collegiate pick at Baylor ... logged two tackles each against Kansas State and Texas ... solo tackle performances in games against Kansas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.
2004 - Sat out as a redshirt ... worked on learning the defensive scheme and saved year of eligibility.
2003 - Played in 11 games, primarily on special teams ... had one tackle on the season in the bowl win over Navy.
High School - Lee High School in Tyler, Texas ... Dallas Morning News All-District 11-5A ... Rivals.com Prep Star All-Midlands selection ... No. 61 outside linebacker prospect in the country (Rivals100.com) ... Rivals100.com Top 500 ... Texas Football Top 300 ... credited with 103 tackles, including three sacks and seven stops for losses as a senior ... also recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass last season ... helped Tyler Lee advance to the Class 5A Division I State semifinals in 2002 ... logged 96 tackles, four sacks, four fumble recoveries, two batted passes and one blocked punt as a junior ... all-district junior season ... 4.5 in the 40 ... 32" vertical ... was a powerlifter in high school ... chose Tech over Colorado, LSU and Baylor ... High School Coach: Mike Owens.
Personal - Paul Williams ... born December 4, 1984, in Tyler, Texas ... son of Phyllis and Charles Williams ... he and his wife, Crystal, have a son, Ashton.