Arguably the Commodores' most improved player, Williams secured a starting role at right offensive tackle with a strong preseason performance... Earned starting assignments against Western Carolina and LSU, receiving "winning" blocking grade from coaches in season-opening victory... Suffering season-ending injury during second quarter of LSU encounter when opposing lineman rolled into his ankle... Lone Commodore touchdown at LSU, a 6-yard rush by quarterback Larry Smith, came behind Williams' key block... Offensive line production seemed to waver when Williams went down with injury.
Williams saw limited action in his redshirt freshman season... Participated in three games as reserve offensive tackle... Also worked up front of special team conversion units.
2007 Did not see action as a first-year offensive lineman... Served as practice squad OT.
HIGH SCHOOL Co-captain as senior... Started at offensive tackle as junior and senior... Played big role in Bulldogs 13-2 campaign in 2006 that ended with convincing 5A state championship victory, first in school history... Earned all-region honors as senior, earning team's offensive line MVP... Also earned a varsity letter as thrower in track & field... Maintained perfect attendance through high school.
PERSONAL James Michael Williams... Son of James J. and Hollis Williams... Born Aug. 31, 1989 in Atlanta... Dad works as supervisor; mom is registered nurse... Dad played baseball at Oberlin (Ohio) College... Has a younger sister, Camille... Plans on majoring in civil engineering... Prep teammate of current Vanderbilt lineman Adam Smotherman... Working toward degree in Latin American Studies from College of Arts and Science.