Trent Williams

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Trent Williams
Trent williams 2014.jpg
Williams during pre-game warm-ups in 2014.
No. 71     Washington Redskins
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-07-19) July 19, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth: Longview, Texas
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 337 lb (153 kg)
Career information
High school: Longview (TX)
College: Oklahoma
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Debuted in 2010 for the Washington Redskins
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 10, 2014
Games played 65
Games started 64
Fumbles recovered 0
Stats at NFL.com

Trent Williams (born July 19, 1988) is an American football offensive tackle for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Oklahoma, and was recognized as an All-American. He was considered one of the best tackle prospects available for the 2010 NFL Draft, and was drafted fourth overall by the Washington Redskins.

Early years[edit]

Born and raised in Longview, Texas, Williams attended Longview High School, where he played for the Longview Lobos high school football team and was teammates with Malcolm Kelly, Chris Ivory and Robert Henson. Williams was a unanimous first-team all-district selection as a senior. Longview entered the 2005 UIL playoffs on a 10–0 season record, but lost 14–13 to Nick Florence's South Garland.[1] He was also on the track team as a shot putter.

Considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Williams was listed as the No. 28 offensive guard prospect in the nation.[2] He chose Oklahoma over offers from Louisiana State, Oklahoma State, and Texas A&M.

College career[edit]

Williams attended the University of Oklahoma, and played for coach Bob Stoops' Oklahoma Sooners football team from 2006 to 2009. Playing as a true freshman, Williams became the starter at right tackle just before the Missouri game in late October 2006 after Branndon Braxton went down with a broken leg, then started the last six games of the season. Williams played 462 snaps, had 75 knockdowns, and was named to The Sporting News' Freshman All-America second team.

In his sophomore year, Williams saw action in all 14 games and had six starts at right tackle, sharing time with Branndon Braxton. As a junior in 2008, he started all 14 games, the first at left tackle and the remaining 13 at right tackle, and registered 131 knockdowns. He was part of a dominant 2008 Sooners offensive line that included Duke Robinson, Phil Loadholt and Brandon Walker, and allowed only 11 sacks all season, the third-lowest total of any team in the country. The two teams that finished above them (Air Force and Navy) combined to attempt 231 passes. Oklahoma attempted 476, and—featuring quarterback Sam Bradford and running back DeMarco Murray—became the highest-scoring team in the modern era (702 points).[3]

The lone holdover from the 2008 offensive line, Williams was listed at No. 2 on Rivals.com′s 2009 preseason offensive tackle power ranking.[4] He was also named to the 2009 Outland Trophy watch list.[5] Despite missing the regular season finale due to injury, Williams led Oklahoma with 102 knockdown blocks and 885 plays, and was named an All-American by the American Football Coaches Association.[6]

Professional career[edit]

2010 NFL Draft[edit]

Williams was considered one of the best offensive tackles available in the 2010 NFL Draft,[7][8][9][10][11] and drew comparisons to Jammal Brown (who, coincidentally, would also join the Redskins that same offseason via trade).[12] According to NFL.com's Gil Brandt, "Williams will be a first-round pick and can be a long-time starter in the NFL.".[13]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 5 in 315 lb 34¼ in 9¾ in 4.81 s 1.70 s 2.81 s 4.51 s 7.45 s 34.5 in 9 ft 5 in 23 reps
All values from NFL Combine[14]

Washington Redskins (2010–present)[edit]

Williams at Redskins training camp in 2011.

Williams was drafted fourth overall by the Washington Redskins and agreed to a six-year, $60 million contract on July 30, 2010.[15] In the 2010 season, Williams made his NFL debut, as well as his first career start, in Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys.

In the 2011 season, Williams was made an offensive co-captain along with veteran teammate Santana Moss.[16] In Week 14, Williams and teammate Fred Davis were suspended for four games after repeatedly failing league drug tests.[17]

Williams suffered a bone bruise in his left foot during the first 2012 preseason game against the Buffalo Bills.[18] Despite this injury, he started in the next two preseaon games and was fully healed by the season opener against the New Orleans Saints. By the start of the season, his teammates voted for him again to be the offensive team captain.[19] He suffered a right knee injury early in the Redskins' Week 3 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. After getting an MRI exam the next day, it was reported that Williams had another bone bruise.[20] He was able to play in the next game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Despite playing injured throughout the season, Williams had his best performance in 2012 and was selected for the 2013 Pro Bowl but couldn't participate in the Pro Bowl due to an injury when a night club fight occurred.[21][22] After the Redskins' Wildcard playoff loss against the Seattle Seahawks on January 6, 2013, Williams struck Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman in the face. He was fined $7,875 for the incident.[23]

After the Week 11 game of the 2013 season, Williams accused umpire Roy Ellison of swearing at him during the game with his accusation supported by several of his teammates.[24][25] Ellison was in turn suspended by the NFL for one game.[26] Despite the Redskins having a bad year as a team, Williams was chosen as the team's only player on the 2014 Pro Bowl team.[27]

On the NFL Network's Top 100 Players of 2014, Williams was voted the 60th best player (overall) in the league by his peers, an improvement from the 99th spot in 2013.[28]

Nickname[edit]

Trent Williams nickname is "Silverback" after the male gorilla. It is a nickname given to him by teammates and one he embraces. Williams has a huge gorilla tattoo on his back and owns gorilla art and an expensive bejeweled gorilla keychain. As a number one draft pick, he was introduced to TV audiences by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell with the moniker, after Williams dared the man to do it.[29][30][31][32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "South Garland Stuns, Defeats Top Ranked Longview Lobos". November 12, 2005. 
  2. ^ Rivals.com Offensive guards 2006, Rivals.com, 2006-01-30 
  3. ^ Staples, Andy (January 7, 2009), Oklahoma O-line is made up of five fast, immovable men, Sports Illustrated 
  4. ^ Buchanan, Olin; Dienhart, Tom; Fox, David; Huguenin, Mike; Megargee, Steve (August 22, 2009), Preseason offensive tackle power rankings, Rivals.com 
  5. ^ Richardson, Steve (August 11, 2009), 2009 Outland Trophy Watch List Announced, Football Writers Association of America 
  6. ^ Williams Named AFCA All-American, SoonerSports.com, December 3, 2009 
  7. ^ Prisco, Pete (April 27, 2009), Prisco's 2010 draft preview: QB will land No. 1 spot, CBSSports.com 
  8. ^ Rang, Rob (July 10, 2009), Top 32 seniors: Top heavy with the heftier prospects, NFLDraftScout.com 
  9. ^ Cooney, Frank (May 11, 2009), Who's next? Looking ahead to the best of the 2010 draft class, USA Today 
  10. ^ Brooks, Bucky, Never too soon to look at top prospects for next year's draft, NFL.com, "If he can display the footwork and lateral quickness to handle elite pass rushers, he could make a strong case for being the top tackle taken in next year's draft." 
  11. ^ NFL Draft - 2010 OT Draft Prospects, CBSSports.com 
  12. ^ NFL Draft Profile: Trent Williams, CBSSports.com 
  13. ^ Brandt, Gil, Top offensive tackle prospects for 2010 hail from the Big 12, NFL.com 
  14. ^ Trent Williams Combine Profile, NFL.com, retrieved February 27, 2010 .
  15. ^ "Redskins give No. 4 overall pick Williams a six-year, $60M deal", NFL.com, July 30, 2010.
  16. ^ "Losing Redskins need better example from captains". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  17. ^ "NFL suspends Redskins’ Trent Williams, Fred Davis", Washingtonpost.com, December 6, 2011.
  18. ^ Jones, Mike (August 11, 2012). "Redskins dealing with more injuries on the offensive line". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  19. ^ Jones, Mike (October 4, 2012). "Trent Williams, Fred Davis earn back Redskins teammates’ trust". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2012-10-06. 
  20. ^ Jones, Mike (September 24, 2012). "Trent Williams has a bone bruise in his right knee". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  21. ^ Tinsman, Brian (December 26, 2012). "Three Redskins Selected To 2013 Pro Bowl". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  22. ^ Tinsman, Brian (December 29, 2012). "Williams Now Among NFL's Elite Left Tackles". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  23. ^ Brinson, Will (January 11, 2013). "Trent Williams fined $7,875 for hitting Richard Sherman in the face". cbssports.com. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  24. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (November 17, 2013). "Redskins' Trent Williams says official cursed at him". NFL.com. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  25. ^ McNally, Brian (November 17, 2013). "Redskins notes: Trent Williams claims umpire cursed at him during game". WashingtonTimes.com. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  26. ^ Jones, Mike (November 22, 2013). "NFL umpire Roy Ellison suspended for incident with Redskins’ lineman Trent Williams". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2013-11-27. 
  27. ^ Maske, Mark (December 27, 2013). "Trent Williams is Redskins’ lone Pro Bowl selection". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  28. ^ http://www.nfl.com/top100/2014#video=0ap2000000363057
  29. ^ "The story behind Trent Williams' nickname and Roger Goodell's introduction". The Washington Post. 
  30. ^ Steinberg, Dan (July 21, 2011). "Stats, scores and schedules". The Washington Post. 
  31. ^ http://deadspin.com/5916717/trent-williams-owns-a-painting-of-himself-as-a-gorilla-because-of-course-he-does
  32. ^ http://www.tmz.com/2012/07/23/trent-williams-silverback-gorilla-tattoo/

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