Michigan scores in the final seconds for the victory.
CAREER: Strong and powerful anchor to Notre Dame's defensive line opens fall competing for starting nose guard position ... one of only two members of his recruiting class still on roster to have appeared in every game of his Notre Dame career (Kerry Neal is the other; Golden Tate also had accomplished this feat through three seasons) ... has started 17 of 37 games played and totaled 124 tackles, nine and a half tackles for loss, one interception and one pass breakup in his career ... only four other defensive players have started more contests at Notre Dame.
2009 (JUNIOR): Nose tackle played in all 12 games, starting eight contests ... did not start against Purdue, Washington, Washington State and Connecticut ... ranked seventh on team and second on defensive line with 39 tackles as his six tackles for loss were fifth most on squad ... added first career interception and one pass breakup ... recorded three tackles including one tackle for loss against Michigan State and totaled another tackle for loss as part of two-tackle performance at Purdue ... credited with seven tackles against Boston College ... registered first career interception against Washington State and also tallied tackle for loss against Cougars ... made season-high eight tackles with one tackle for loss against Navy ... totaled three tackles and one tackle for loss in home finale against Connecticut ... recorded three tackles, one tackle for loss and one pass breakup in season finale at Stanford ... logged 204:27 of playing time and made 38 special-teams appearances for the Irish.
2008 (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 13 games for the Irish, including seven starts (against Michigan State, Stanford, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Navy, Syracuse, and USC) ... totaled 40 tackles, including two tackles for a loss ... also added a pass breakup ... registered a then-season-high six tackles (solo, five assists) vs. Michigan State ... made his third career start against the Spartans ... anchored the Irish defense against Pittsburgh, earning his sixth career start and amassing a then season-high tying six tackles (five solo; assist) and two tackles for loss against the Panthers ... had another huge game against Navy, amassing a then season-high seven tackles (four solo; three assist) and helping hold Navy to just one third down conversion ... the start was the seventh of his career ... led the Irish in tackles with eight (all assists) against Syracuse in the home finale ... made his seventh start of the season (ninth of career) and tallied three tackles (two solo; assist) vs. USC ... added a pass breakup in regular season finale vs. the Trojans.
2007 (FRESHMAN): Appeared in all 12 games - one of just four freshmen to do that - and started the final two games of the season (Duke and Stanford) ... ranked sixth on the team and second on the defensive line in tackles though he came off of the bench most of the year ... totaled 45 tackles with 19 solo stops and 1.5 tackles for loss ... recorded the third most tackles by a freshman defensive lineman in school history (Ross Browner, 68 in '73; Steve Niehaus, 47 in '72) ... made his Irish debut vs. Georgia Tech and recorded three tackles ... notched three tackles and 0.5 tackle for loss at Penn State ... tallied season-best four solo tackles at Michigan ... registered three tackles vs. Boston College ... established career best with 11 tackles vs. Navy ... recorded six tackles including one tackle for loss vs. Air Force ... made his first career start vs. Duke and tallied three tackles ... started at Stanford and was credited with six tackles ... logged 125:25 of playing time and made 22 special-teams appearances.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated 120th prep player nationally on ESPN 150 listing ... named to Florida Class 5A first-team all-state unit for 2006 as offensive lineman, as selected by Florida Sports Writers Association ... all-Central Florida first team as defensive lineman by Orlando Sentinel ... also a first-team defensive lineman on all-Seminole County team selected by the Sentinel ... rated 30th on list of top 50 Florida prospects at end of `06 by South Florida Sun-Sentinel ... listed 20th nationally among defensive tackles by CSTV ... had more than 40 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and 12 sacks as senior interior defensive lineman at Lyman High School in Longwood, Fla. ... three-year starter at that spot ... made 83 tackles as junior in `05, 23 tackles for loss, 12 hurries, four forced fumbles, two sacks, four fumble recoveries and four passes broken up ... helped Greyhounds to 8-3 mark in `05 and third straight district title as Lyman defeated Melbourne for first Florida playoff win in school history ... first-team Florida Class 5A all-state pick by FSWA as junior on defensive line in 2005 ... rated 95th best Southeast prospect on 2006 preseason basis by The Sporting News SchoolSports ... helped North team to 16-3 victory in December 2006 Florida North-South all-star game ... also competed in track ... played for Lyman coach Bill Caughell ... born Aug. 31, 1989 ... son of Natalie Williams ... enrolled in College of Arts and Letters, majoring in film, television and theatre.