Is competing at the whip linebacker position after taking a redshirt year in 2009 … Saw some action at free safety and on special teams as a true freshman in 2008 … Has a lot of skills to go with good height and a good football mind … Plays hard and fast … A solid prospect at the whip spot who is in the running for playing time … His summer preparation and progress during preseason practice will determine his role.
2009: Was redshirted during the fall … Had a 365-pound front squat during off-season testing … Moved to whip linebacker for spring practice … Had two tackles for loss and three total tackles during the team’s first major spring scrimmage … Had five tackles in the second Saturday scrimmage and intercepted a pass in the final scrimmage … Was in on a tackle during the Maroon-White game.
2008: Turned in the best 40 time among the incoming freshmen with a 4.43 preseason clocking … Started on the punt return/block and kickoff teams … Played on special teams against East Carolina … Had a tackle while playing 15 plays at free safety in the Furman game … Picked up a tackle on special teams during the Georgia Tech game … Added another tackle at North Carolina … Worked 11 plays on special teams with a tackle in the Nebraska game … Added another tackle against WKU … Had eight special team plays and a tackle at BC … Suffered a knee injury in practice prior to the Florida State game … Returned to practice late in the season but did not return to game action until the Orange Bowl … Picked up Iron Hokie honors during off-season workouts … Contributed three tackles and broke up a pass in one of the team’s spring scrimmages.
High School: Had 102 tackles, including 9.5 sacks, as a linebacker his senior year for Coach Milton Butts … Rated the No. 11 safety in the country by ESPN.com/Scouts, Inc. … Ranked the No. 29 cornerback in the country by SuperPrep … Ranked the No. 43 safety in the country and the No. 14 player in the Tar Heel State by rivals.com … Ranked the No. 9 player in the state of North Carolina by scout.com … Rated the No. 10 prospect in North Carolina by SuperPrep … Selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas all-star game … Earned All-Mid-Southeastern 4-A Conference honors as a linebacker … Played a variety of positions his junior season, including corner, safety, wide receiver, quarterback, punter and kick returner … Finished the season with 68 tackles and 270 yards receiving.
Personal: Lorenzo DeAndrae Williams … Born 5/20/90 in Fort Stewart, GA … Son of William and Felicia Williams … Enrolled in apparel, housing and resource management (consumer studies).