Was involved in the Hokies' biggest move of the spring when he switched from free safety to cornerback ... Started every game at safety last season, but may be better suited for the boundary corner spot ... Will have less responsibilities and more time to focus on his job ... Still has some work to do in terms of technique but seemed to get better with every spring practice ... Brings outstanding size, speed and ability to the position ... A physical player with good coverage skills ... Will be a plus in run support ... Spent his freshman season learning the free safety position under veteran Willie Pile ... Saw increased playing time as the season progressed and led the team in tackles during the Hokies' San Francisco Bowl win over Air Force ... Played more snaps than any other defensive player last season and finished second on the team in tackles with a 114 ... Has all-star potential ... Will get a chance to show it off this fall ... 2003: Started all 13 games at free safety ... Led the defense in snaps played during the regular season with 702 ... Also played 153 snaps on special teams for a total of 855 total snaps ... Finished second on the team in tackles with 114 ... Had 63 solo stops and 51 assists ... Included in that total were four tackles for loss ... Also had five passes broken up, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries ... Recorded two solo stops and five assisted tackles against UCF ... Had two solo stops and two assists against James Madison ... Registered seven solo tackles and five assists in the win over Texas A&M ... Recorded two solo tackles and five assists in the win over UConn ... Scored his first collegiate touchdown at Rutgers, returning an interception 55 yards for a score ... Also had five solo tackles and two assists ... Had two solo tackles and two assists against Syracuse ... Also had a fumble recovery and two passes broken up ... Recorded five solo tackles and eight assists at West Virginia ... Played 83 snaps against No. 2 Miami, recording six solo tackles, six assists, two tackles for loss and a pass broken up ... Played 70 snaps at Pittsburgh, tallying seven solo tackles and three assists ... Played 84 snaps at Temple, recording five solo tackles, three assists and a pass break up ... Also had a solo tackle on special teams ... Had four solo tackles, an assist and an interception on defense against Boston College ... Also recovered the ball on a muffed Eagle punt return ... Played 77 snaps on defense at Virginia, recording nine solo tackles and six assists ... Also had three solo tackles on special teams ... Posted nine tackles in the Insight Bowl, including one behind the line, and also broke up a pass ... Moved to cornerback prior to spring practice ... Had two tackles, a sack and a pass break up in the 2004 Maroon-White game ... Also returned four punts in the game for 66 yards, for an average of 16.5 yards a return ... Had a long return of 36 yards ... 2002: Played in all 14 games, mostly on special teams ... Registered 29 solo tackles and 17 assists this season ... Also had a pass broken up, a tackle for loss and an interception ... In his first college action, against Arkansas State, recorded five solo stops, five assists and a pass broken up ... Played 37 defensive snaps and 13 on special teams in that game ... Played 14 plays on special teams in the win over LSU ... Played eight plays on defense and 11 on special teams against Marshall, recording a solo tackle on special teams against the Herd ... Saw action on nine special teams plays in the win at Texas A&M ... Had a solo tackle and two assists at Western Michigan ... Played two snaps on defense and seven on special teams in the win at Boston College, registering a solo tackle on special teams ... Stepped in on defense against Rutgers when Willie Pile went down with an injury ... Recorded a solo tackle and his first career interception while in the game ... Also had a solo tackle on special teams ... Played five snaps on defense against Temple, recording an assisted tackle ... Also saw action on 11 special teams plays and recorded two solo tackles ... Played two snaps on defense and 10 on special teams against Pittsburgh ... Registered a solo tackle on special teams ... Was in for 17 special teams plays at Syracuse ... Played five snaps on defense against West Virginia, recording a solo tackle and an assist ... Played 17 snaps on special teams against Virginia ... Saw extensive action on defense at Miami, recording seven solo tackles and four assists ... Also had an assisted stop on special teams ... Made several big plays in Tech's win over Air Force in the San Francisco Bowl ... Recorded seven solo stops and three assists, including a tackle for loss, against the Falcons ... Showed improvement in the strength and conditioning program during off-season workouts ... Ran a 4.4 forty during spring testing ... Collected six tackles in two different spring scrimmages ... Finished the spring game with three tackles ... Was named the team's most improved player on defense ... High School: A versatile athlete who played quarterback, safety, wide receiver and outside linebacker during his prep career ... Played at Hampton High until transferring to Bethel prior to his senior season ... Was coached by Mike Smith at Hampton and Tracy Parker at Bethel ... Named All-Peninsula District as a junior and senior, earning first-team honors in 2001 ... Was in on over 100 tackles as a safety and OLB at Bethel ... Intercepted seven passes, returning two for touchdowns ... Also contributed a pair of quarterback sacks ... Compiled over 1,000 yards of total offense as a quarterback, passing for five touchdowns and rushing for six ... Completed 7 of 11 passes in one outing for over 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns ... Rushed for 112 yards on 12 carries in another contest ... Returned punts and kickoffs ... Posted 86 tackles his junior year and picked off four passes ... Had eight pass receptions that season for 217 yards and three TDs ... Registered over 200 tackles and 13 interceptions during his career ... Played on a state championship team while at Hampton ... Ranked the No. 17 safety in the nation by Rivals and the No. 21 free safety in the nation by Student Sports ... Rated the No. 51 player in the Mid-Atlantic Region by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report ... An All-Atlantic Region pick by PrepStar ... Listed as the No. 26 player in Virginia by The Roanoke Times and the No. 27 prospect by SuperPrep ... Selected to the Newport News Daily Press All-Star team as a senior ... Also a two-time all-district selection in basketball ... Personal: James Franklin Williams, Jr. ... Born 3/8/84 in Hampton, VA ... Son of James, Sr., and Elizabeth Williams ... Enrolled in consumer studies.
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