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1  Mike Williams
Mike Williams

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Tallahassee, Fla.

High School:
Godby

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 184

Position:
Stong Safety

Birthdate:
05/07/1982

Experience:
2L


Returning starter at strong safety, one of only four returning regulars on the Wildcat defense ... Former cornerback who enhances the UK pass coverage ... A strong hitter ... Spent some of his time in the spring running for the UK track team ... Has played in 22 games.

2002 (Sophomore): Started all 12 games at outside safety ... Had 53 tackles on the season, featuring five tackles for loss and a quarterback sack ... Career high of nine tackles came against Georgia ... Tied for the team lead in interceptions with two, both of which were crucial plays in Wildcat victories ... With three minutes to go at Louisville, and Kentucky clinging to a five-point lead, he snared the rebound of an Earven Flowers deflection for an interception that sealed the verdict for the Wildcats ... On the first play of the second half at Arkansas, he intercepted a pass and returned it 16 yards to the Razorback 12-yard line ... Artose Pinner ran it in on the next play and Kentucky never trailed again in the upset of the Hogs ... Stopped an Indiana drive at the Kentucky 10-yard line when he sacked the quarterback and caused a fumble that was recovered by Vincent Burns ... Broke up five passes during the season ... Tied for the team lead in fumbles caused with two.

2001 (Freshman): Outstanding athlete who was a late find in the recruiting process, signing in the summer of 2001 ... Earned playing time in 10 games as a true freshman ... Played at cornerback and on special teams ... Made 14 tackles and added three pass breakups ... Had a season high of four tackles against Vanderbilt and Indiana ... Had two PBU vs. the Hoosiers.

High School: Defensive back prospect with remarkable athletic ability ... Three-year letterman and two-year starter for Godby HS in Tallahassee, Fla. ... Helped lead Godby to Class AAAA state playoff appearances following his junior and senior seasons ... Won the district championship as a senior ... Played linebacker, strong safety, and special teams ... First-team all-district as a senior, an all-star selection which included all six Florida classifications ... Honorable-mention All-Big Bend area ... Senior year statistics featured 99 tackles, 4.5 quarterback sacks, three caused fumbles, four fumble recoveries, and five pass breakups ... Also won the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Player of the Week Award ... "Mike is an exceptional athlete who can run, jump, and hit," said Godby Coach Shelton Crews. "Kentucky is getting a hidden gem, a diamond in the rough." ... Four-year letterman in track ... Has excellent accomplishments in the jump events ... Went to the state meet in the triple jump as a senior (third place) and as a sophomore (eighth place) ... Best triple jump is 47 feet, one inch ... Qualified for the state his senior year in the long jump and has a best leap of 22 feet, seven inches ... Also competed in the high jump, with a personal best of six feet, four inches ... Also recruited by Louisville, Purdue, Middle Tennessee, South Carolina, and West Virginia.

Personal: Full name is Michael Eugene Williams ... Born 5-7-82 in Tallahassee, Fla. ... Son of Nancy McMillian and Robert Williams ... Major is kinesiology.

Williams Career Statistics

Year Position   G-GS Tackles TFL Sacks-Yds. PBU Int.-Yds.  FR  FC
2001 Cornerback 10-0   14     0      0       3     0        0   0
2002 Safety     12-12  53    5-20   1-9      5   2-18       1   2
Totals          22-12  67    5-20   1-9      8   2-18       1   2

Williams Game-by-Game Statistics

2002
Opponent       Tackles PBU Int.-Yds. FR FC
Louisville        1     0     1-2     1  0
Texas-El Paso     5     1      0      0  0
Indiana           8     0      0      0  1
Middle Tennessee  5     0      0      0  0
Florida           6     0      0      0  0
South Carolina    4     1      0      0  0
Arkansas          5     0     1-16    0  0
Georgia           9     0      0      0  1
Mississippi State 1     0      0      0  0
Louisiana State   3     1      0      0  0
Vanderbilt        3     1      0      0  0
Tennessee         3     1      0      0  0
Totals           53     5     2-28    1  2
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