Leon Williams (American football)
|No. 94, 52, 66|
|Place of birth:||Brooklyn, New York|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||248 lb (112 kg)|
|High school:||Brooklyn (NY) Canarsie|
|NFL draft:||2006 / Round: 4 / Pick: 110|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Stats at NFL.com|
High School Career
Brooklyn Canarsie...dubbed by one publication as the best college football prospect in the New York City area in 25 years...Parade All-American...USA Today first-team All-American...Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of New York...recorded 98 tackles, 12 quarterback sacks, recovered four fumbles and intercepted three passes as a senior in 2000...played tight end during his junior season, catching 20 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns...SuperPrep All-American and a member of SuperPrep's Elite 50 top national prospects...No. 27 prospect overall, regardless of position, in the nation by SuperPrep...No. 1 prospect overall in the state of New York by SuperPrep...timed at 4.55 in the 40-yard dash...coached by Mike Camardese.
CAREER: Butkus Award finalist in 2004 was considered the heir apparent to Jonathan Vilma for the job at middle linebacker...Outstanding special teams player in 2002 and 2003 has been considered a potential star of the UM linebacker corps... making 92 tackles (45 solo), 2.5 sacks and one fumble recovery...Liberal arts major.
2004 (JUNIOR): Played in 10 games, starting five times, in an injury-marred season...Totaled 56 tackles (20 solo), eight tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup...Started at middle linebacker in the season opener vs. Florida State and made 3 tackles before suffering a hand injury...Missed the next two games (Louisiana Tech and Houston)...Returned to action at Georgie Tech and did not start, but played and had a huge game. Recorded 9 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and 1.5 sacks. Was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his performance...Played in a reserve role vs. Louisville and made 3 tackles...Played at NC State but did not make any tackles...Started at middle linebacker at North Carolina and made 3 tackles and forced one fumble...Played as a reserve against Clemson and made 3 tackles...Made 3 tackles in limited action at Virginia...Started at middle linebacker vs. Wake Forest and registered 7 tackles, including 2 tackles for loss and 1 pass breakup...Started at middle linebacker vs. Virginia Tech and led the team with 14 tackles, including 3 tackles for loss...Started in the Peach Bowl against Florida and led the team with 11 tackles (5 solo).
2003 (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 13 games, making 23 tackles (10 solos) and had one stop for a loss of four yards...made a season-high five tackles twice: against Boston College (four solos) and Temple (one solo)...had a stop for a loss at Boston College...made four assists against Syracuse...had three tackles at Louisiana Tech...had two tackles at Florida State...had one stop in games against Florida, East Carolina, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh.
2002 (FRESHMAN): Saw plenty of action on special teams, in addition to playing in several games as a backup middle linebacker...credited with 14 tackles (nine solos)...had a season-high four tackles against Rutgers...made three tackles against Pittsburgh...had two tackles against both Syracuse and Connecticut...had one stop against Boston College, West Virginia and Virginia Tech.
2001 (REDSHIRT): Sat out the 2001 season with a redshirt and played on the Hurricanes' scout team.
Williams was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round (110th overall) in the 2006 NFL Draft. In his rookie season he played in 16 regular season games and recorded 37 tackles. He made his NFL debut at the Cincinnati Bengals on 17 September. His 17 tackles versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on 24 December were a career-high. In his second season with the Browns, he again played in 16 games and this time recorded 90 tackles.
The Browns waived him on September 15, 2009.