Brings solid experience to the table with '99 Irish defensive line based on his 23 career starting assignments . . . has held down starting role at end each of last two seasons and is projected to work at tackle with Anthony Weaver, Lance Legree and Antwon Jones in '99 as Irish move to four-man defensive front . . . expected to hold down starting tackle role heading into '99 . . . most consistent of all Irish defensive linemen who has adapted well to Irish style . . . ranked as only returning regular to '98 Irish defensive front that was depleted by graduation . . . boasted major experience up front on comparative basis, coming off graduation of '97 line starters Melvin Dansby and Corey Bennett . . . played both ways on Irish line as rookie but stuck with defense beginning in '97, earning nine starting assignments that season and carrying that assignment through as '98 starter.
AS A JUNIOR: Notre Dame defensive line starter in '98 . . . started all 12 games at right end, including vs. Georgia Tech in 1999 Gator Bowl . . . had tackle for loss vs. Michigan State . . . recovered first-period fumble deep in Stanford territory that Irish turned into a touchdown for early 21-0 lead . . . made four solo tackles vs. Arizona State . . . had first career sack vs. Army for loss of four . . . had career-high eight tackles and two for loss vs. Navy . . . had five tackles and shared a sack vs. USC . . . made two stops vs. Georgia Tech in '99 Gator Bowl.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Irish defensive end began '97 slated to split time with Melvin Dansby at one end spot but ended up moving into starting lineup for nine of last 10 games, including vs. LSU in '97 Independence Bowl . . . played in 12 games in '97, missing only Navy contest . . . started at left end vs. Michigan and made three tackles and then again vs. Stanford, Pittsburgh, USC and Boston College . . . missed Navy game with sprained ankle and knee but returned to start vs. LSU (regular-season game), West Virginia, Hawaii and LSU in '97 Independence Bowl . . . had three tackles plus a sack for loss of eight yards in Independence Bowl . . . made 26 regular-season special team appearances.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in only four games in '96 as rookie, but was one of only six freshmen to win monograms thanks to pair of starting assignments . . . reserve Irish defensive lineman became Irish starter in '96 at right offensive guard vs. Navy and Boston College following injury loss of Mike Rosenthal . . . didn't switch to offense until Tuesday prior to Navy game in Dublin and did not have benefit of a single workout in full pads until starting the game vs. Mids . . . helped Irish rush for 426 yards vs. Boston College . . . returned to play as reserve defensive tackle vs. Pittsburgh and Rutgers.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Parade and USA Today first-team prep All-American . . . top vote-getter on Best in the West team by Long Beach Press-Telegram . . . played on both offensive and defensive line, earning defensive player of the year honor from Orange Country Register . . . rated one of top 50 players nationally on preseason basis by Street & Smith's and one of top 50 on defense preseason by College Sports . . . earned two letters as defensive end and offensive tackle at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif. . . . made 66 tackles, five sacks, eight passes broken up, four caused fumbles, three recoveries and 22 tackles for losses in '95 as senior . . . captain of team as senior . . . played on '94 team that won mythical national title with 14-0 record and CIF title win over Bishop Amat and helped team to 10-2 mark in '95 . . . had six sacks and 18 tackles for losses as junior in '94 . . . selected for California-Texas Shrine all-star game . . . played center in basketball on nationally-ranked team . . . earned three letters in basketball, helping '96 team to 34-2 record and state semifinals following 35-1 mark and state title in '95 as junior . . . all-South Coast League pick in '96 . . . played on AAU national basketball championship teams as 12- and 13-year-old in 1990 and '91 . . . from same high school as former Irish captain Larry Williams . . . youngest of three children . . . born 3-13-78 in San Diego . . .full name is Brad John Williams . . . father played basketball at Texas A&M . . . enrolled in College of Business Administration with major in finance.
G-GS Time Solo Asst. Tot. TL-Yds. Sacks FR PBU 1996 4-2 32:31 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1997 11-8 170:04 5 7 12 0-0 0-0 0 1 1998 11-11 178:04 17 16 33 5-11 2-7 1 0 TOTAL 26-21 380:39 22 23 45 5-11 2-7 1 1
The Brad Williams File
- The Irish offensive player who will surprise people this year is Jarious Jackson
- The Irish defensive player who will surprise people this year is Lamont Bryant
- The sports team I followed when I was younger was The Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Lakers
- A word to describe me on the field is Tenacious
- Words to describe me off the field are Laid Back
- Other than Notre Dame Stadium, my favorite college stadium in which to play football is Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
- The area I would like to improve as a football player is My pass rush
- If I could play another position on the other side of the ball it would be Quarterback
- My greatest personal athletic moment was Nothing
- The most stimulating class I ever took at Notre Dame was With Professor Schwartz
- The people who have helped me the most since I've been at Notre Dame are My teammates and family
- The top three teams in college football this year will be Notre Dame, Tennessee and Florida