|24 Brandon Williams|
Sharp Passing Effort, Rush Defense Dominates Second Scrimmage
ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill Welcomes Back 14 Returning Starters, 50 Lettermen
Defense Finishes Spring On Strong Note In Purple-Gold Scrimmage
Continued quick climb on the defensive depth chart should result in a starting assignment at the "buck" inside linebacking position as a senior with the strong likelihood of postseason conference honors candidacy ... Has been a top-tier special teams stalwart during his first three years in the ECU program, gaining additional valuable reps on the field ... Brings plenty of athleticism, physicality and quickness to an already-deep talent pool within unit ... Initially joined Pirates as an invited walk-on during the summer of 2011 and made his collegiate debut in early October after competing at the prep school level just a year earlier ... Has played in 28 career games with two starts and posted multiple stop totals on 14 occasions ... Collected four tackles, a pair of sacks and an interception during the first spring scrimmage on March 31 and added two more a week later in the second contest a week later ... Was not credited with any statistics during the Purple-Gold Game (April 12) to close out the practice period ... Clocked at 4.73 in the 40, booked a 29.5" vertical leap and produced a back squat of 525 pounds, a bench press of 300, a power clean of 308 and a push jerk of 286 during strength and conditioning testing.
2013: Played in all 13 games, recording starts against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents Virginia Tech and North Carolina ... Booked a career-best 12 tackles against the Hokies in a defensive battle at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium ... Followed up with a seven-tackle performance against the Tar Heels ... Stood fifth on the team with 69 tackles (28 solo) ... Registered 5.5 TLFs (-7 yards) to rank sixth on the unit ... Recorded multiple stops in the first 12 consecutive games (had run snapped with a solo hit vs. Ohio in the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl) ... Had one nine-tackle effort (Florida Atlantic), two seven-hit outings (UNC, Southern Miss) and a pair of six-stop performances (Tulsa, Marshall) ... Registered with a half sack against Virginia Tech ... Collected TFLs against FAU (2.0), Virginia Tech (1.0), North Carolina (1.0), FIU (0.5) and Tulsa (1.0) ... Also forced fumble against Owls ... Credited with two pass breakups (FAU, Middle Tennessee) and a quarterback hurry (Southern Miss) ... Ranked among C-USA leaders in tackles per game (5.3) ... Opened year averaging 6.2 stops per contest (first seven games) before seeing numbers slightly dip (4.2 tpg) during second half of campaign ... Key member of a defensive unit that held six of 12 opponents to 100 or less rushing yards and six opponents to 17 or fewer points ... Earned most improved defensive front player-of-the-year honors during program's annual postseason awards banquet.
2012: Experienced playing time in 10 of 13 games, mostly as a special teams contributor ... Booked only tackle on a kickoff return against UTEP during the Pirates' 28-18 Conference USA victory at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Sept. 29 ... Did not play in contests vs. Memphis, Houston and Tulane.
2011: A true freshman who had redshirt removed during the Houston contest and played in five consecutive games against the Cougars, Memphis, Navy, Tulane and Southern Miss ... Suffered a right knee injury against the Golden Eagles and missed the final three contests of the year ... Experienced action primarily on special teams, but saw extensive action as a reserve linebacker at Houston ... Booked nine tackles with six solo stops and one hit behind the line of scrimmage during the campaign ... Tallied four hits on rushing plays, three on passes and two on kickoff returns ... Registered career-high six tackles and a personal-best three solo stops during debut versus the Cougars ... Stopped UH's Michael Hayes for a three-yard loss in the third quarter for first career TFL ... Brought down Houston's Tyron Carrier after a 10-yard catch in the second frame for first career stop ... Made initial solo hit on the next play, halting Hayes after a one-yard rush ... Credited with two solo hits at Memphis, one on a second-quarter kickoff return by Bakari Hollier and the other following a three-yard rush by Taylor Reed during the Tigers' final drive of the contest ... Booked year's final stop at Navy, knocking down Marcus Thomas following an 18-yard kickoff runback in the second frame.
Prep School: Spent one year at Hargrave Military Academy, helping the Cadets to a perfect 8-0 record ... Part of a defensive unit that posted four shutouts and allowed just 44 total points in seven games played (one victory by forfeit) ... Recovered a blocked punt against Newberry ... Played for head coach Troy Davis ... Originally committed to Navy following stint at Hargrave.
High School: Helped Northwestern High School to a 9-6 record and a perfect 5-0 mark in AAAA Region III play as a senior team captain ... Spartans rallied from a 1-5 start (0-4 to open season) to win eight games in a row and advance deep into the playoffs under the direction of Jimmy "Moose" Wallace ... A three-year letterman who was selected to play for the South Carolina squad in the 2009 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas contest ... Also lettered in basketball, earning Fox Charlotte Sonic Scholar Athlete-of-the-Week honors on Feb. 17, 2010.
Personal: Full name is Brandon Michael Williams ... Born April 13, 1992 at Rock Hill, S.C. ... A criminal justice major ... Father, Richard Williams Sr., played college football at Wofford, while brother (Richard Williams Jr.) also played football at the collegiate level ... Hobbies include basketball and video games.