Marshall offensive coordinator Bill Legg sees versatility when he watched Williams on film.
"I refer to him as kind of a rush backer-type of guy," he said. "He's kind of a hybrid guy. If you were in a 3-4 defense, he'd be an outside linebacker. You see a lot of those undersized defensive ends in college going on to the NFL and playing outside linebacker. That's kind of the mold he fits.
"He's not a 275-pound guy," Legg added. "He's lean, athletic and plays hard, a high motor guy and a great player."
Williams was tied for third last season on Miami's tackles list, recording 65, including six for a loss and 2.5 sacks.
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LEGG WAS in the Marshall coaches box for the 2002 Miami game, which featured some of the more memorable acts of the Herd-RedHawks rivalry. He just can't tell you much about the hullabaloo that occurred in Miami's coach's box.
"They were on the other end," he said with a smile. "I didn't know anything had happened until long afterward."
After Stan Hill scored the last-second touchdown to beat Miami, 36-34, the RedHawks' coaches' box was damaged, with a desk destroyed and chairs thrown through walls. Then-linebackers coach Taver Johnson took responsibility for the damage and was suspended. Legg was Marshall's tight ends coach in 2001 and 2002 for former Coach Bob Pruett.
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