|54 Terry Williams|
Sharp Passing Effort, Rush Defense Dominates Second Scrimmage
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Sharp Passing Effort, Physical Play Dominate Second Scrimmage
Pirates Ready For First Scrimmage At Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
A sizeable, strong and physical defender who is in a position to elevate a three-year starting assignment at nose tackle into possible national honors candidacy status heading into his senior campaign ... A key battle-tested and well-respected figure in the middle of the Pirates' deep front seven who earned Preseason All-American Athletic Conference selection by both Athlon Sports (first-team) and Phil Steele's College Football Preview Magazine (fourth-team) ... Delivered four tackles, including a sack for a two-yard loss, during the first spring scrimmage on March 31 ... However, suffered a right ankle injury during the latter stages of the contest which sidelined him for the remainder of the workout period ... Has stayed the course on a progressive career enhancement path, both on the field and in the strength and conditioning program ... Added to his power resume during the spring testing period by establishing a new position record in the back squat with a lift of an impressive 775 pounds ... Other notables include unit-bests in the bench press (415 pounds) and power clean (341), a push jerk of 331, a broad jump of 8'4.5", and a pro shuttle time of 4.39 and a L-drill clip of 7.28 ... Accumulated an impressive 283 "pounds of growth" a year earlier as a junior to add enhanced credibility to the aforementioned physical development ... Has played in 27 career contests (12 starts) and will enter senior year with 26 multiple tackle outings.
2013: Experienced action in five games with three starts ... Opened first three contests of the season against Old Dominion, Florida Atlantic and Virginia Tech, and came off the bench in last the two tilts vs. Marshall and Ohio (Beef `O' Brady's Bowl) ... Did not play in eight contests because of a non-football-related situation which was announced Sept. 24 during ECU's open week ... Was reinstated to the program prior to the regular season finale after a unanimous vote by teammates ... Booked 15 tackles (one solo) with a season-high five against Virginia Tech ... Also recorded a half sack (-1 yard) against the Hokies ... Credited with three quarterback hurries (one vs. Monarchs and two vs. Thundering Herd) and one pass breakup (Virginia Tech) ... Keyed a defensive effort that held the first three opponents (ODU/90, FAU/104, VT/53) to a combined 247 rushing yards - an average of just 82.3 yards per game ... Collected three stops each vs. Marshall and Ohio, while tallying two each against Old Dominion and Florida Atlantic.
2012: Started nine of 11 contests in the middle of ECU's defensive line ... Booked 46 tackles (19 solo) with a sack (-7 yards) ... Stood second on the unit with 5.5 TFLs (-14 yards) ... Recorded multiple stops in 10 contests ... Established a career-best with nine tackles (seven solo) against UL-Lafayette in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl ... Credited with a personal-high three batted passes at UAB ... Booked three tackles, two resulting in lost yardage (one sack), in his season debut at Southern Miss ... The quarterback drop was the first of his career and came in the second quarter of play ... Sat out first two games of the season because of an off-the-field related suspension ... Followed USM effort with back-to-back four-tackle outings vs. North Carolina and UTEP ... Tallied seven stops (three solo) with 2.0 TFLs (-2 yards) at UCF before adding multiple stops against UAB (3), Navy (5), Houston (2), Tulane (2) and Marshall (5) ... Blocked a punt in the second quarter against the Herd and later forced a fumble in the second overtime period that set up ECU's game-winning score ... Forty-one of his 46 stops were on rushing plays ... An important component of a defensive unit that held four opponents to less than 100 yards rushing (USM/91, UAB/82, UH/28, TUL/9) ... Garnered preseason All-Conference USA honors by Phil Steele Magazine (third-team).
2011: Played a valuable role as the Pirates' reserve nose tackle during initial season on the active roster ... Appeared in 11 games with only contest missed at Navy, due to a concussion ... Totaled 31 tackles with six solo hits and three stops for lost yardage (-12 yards) ... Registered 25 of season's 31 tackles on rushing plays ... Tallied two or more hits in every game played and booked a career-best four against South Carolina and UAB ... Recorded 1.5 TFL versus UAB and added half stops for lost yardage against Memphis, UTEP and UCF ... Made one solo stop versus South Carolina, UAB, North Carolina, Memphis, UCF and Marshall ... Completed the Conference USA campaign with 21 of season's 31 tackles, including all three TFL ... More productive in home games, booking 17 stops as opposed to 10 during road contests ... Got the campaign off to a strong start with 19 tackles, with two for a loss, during the first six games ... Tied for fourth on the unit with 2.5 TFL during East Carolina's five victories ... Added one quarterback hurry (North Carolina), one fumble recovery (South Carolina) and a pair of forced fumbles (South Carolina, UAB) during the season ... Teamed up with Jake Geary to drop UCF's Latavius Murray for a two-yard loss on the Knights' first play of the second quarter ... Recorded three tackles at UTEP, all on Joe Banyard rushes ... Combined with Matt Milner to drop Banyard for a six-yard loss in the second frame ... Credited with first career quarterback hurry of career in the opening frame against North Carolina, causing a Bryn Renner incompletion ... Tied personal best with four tackles, including first career hits behind the line of scrimmage, against UAB ... Dropped the Blazers' Pat Shed for a two-yard loss following a screen play in the third quarter before hitting Jonathan Perry three yards behind the line of scrimmage two plays later ... Forced second career fumble with the hit on Perry ... Debuted with a bang during the opening frame against South Carolina, tallying two tackles, a Marcus Lattimore fumble and subsequent recovery ... First career stop was halting Lattimore after a seven-yard screen pass from Connor Shaw ... Tallied initial solo hit on the play causing the Lattimore fumble.
2010: Redshirted during initial season in East Carolina program ... Officially signed with the Pirates in February.
High School: Three-year starter for the Rams ... As a senior captain, led Grayson to a 12-1 record with the only loss being a 9-7 setback to Newnan in the third round of the state playoffs ... Helped Rams to a final state ranking of No. 5 ... Was the leading tackler on a defense that allowed just 8.1 points per game and recorded five shutouts ... Totaled 87 stops, four sacks and two interceptions as a senior ... Named to the Associated Press All-State First Team and the Gwinnett Daily Post All-County First Team ... Also picked up Linebacker-of-the-Year award from the Gwinnett County Touchdown Club and was selected to play in the Rivalries of Gwinnett All-Star Game ... As a junior, made 97 tackles with six sacks and an interception ... Tallied 106 tackles and one sack as a sophomore ... Spent time on offense in short-yardage situations as a junior, and scored six touchdowns ... Helped Grayson to back-to-back Region 8-AAAAA championships ... Ranked by ESPN.com among the nation's top 65 inside linebackers ... Was described by head coach Mickey Conn as "a run stopper who also possesses pass coverage skills."
Personal: Full name is Terry Fitzgerald Williams ... Born April 15, 1992 at Atlanta, Ga. ... Uncle Bernard (Bernie) Adams played football at Western Kentucky in the late 1990s ... Major is criminal justice ... Lists music and basketball as top hobbies.