|51 Rock Williams
Williams finished his career in seventh place on WCU's career charts with 319 tackles ... Finishing with 108 seasonal stops in 2012 despite missing two games with an ankle sprain, Williams was seven tackles shy of his single-season career high and just nine tackles shy of leaving his mark on WCU's single-season record books.
2012 (Senior): Started all nine games in which he saw action, missing two games due to a nagging ankle injury ... A first team All-Southern Conference linebacker selection by the media and a second team All-SoCon selection by the head coaches ... Anchored the Catamount defense by leading both the team and the conference in tackles at 12.0 per game ... A Capital One Academic All-District III selection, finished with 108 tackles including 52 solo stops and 3.5 tackles for loss ... Recorded six-or-more tackles in eight of his nine games, twice posting 20-or-more tackles in a single-game including a career-high 24 against The Citadel and 23 against archrival Appalachian State ... Twice earned Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors following both The Citadel and ASU outings ... Had 17 of his 23 tackles against ASU in the first half ... Forced a team-high tying four fumbles, recovering one, and was credited with one pass breakup ... Selected to the FCS Athletic Directors Association (ADA) Academic All-Star team and named to the 2013 National Football Foundation (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society ... Named to the 2012 Southern Conference Fall Academic All-Conference team and to the 2012-13 Southern Conference Honor Roll ... Played in the 2012 FCS Senior Scout Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C. ... Was a preseason All-SoCon selection.
2011 (Junior): Played in all 11 games with 10 starts at linebacker, starting the final nine-straight games of the season ... Paced the Catamounts with a career-high 115 tackles on the year, tallying double-digit tackles six times .. Had six-or-more tackles in each game ... Finished third in the Southern Conference in tackles, averaging 10.5 hits per game ... Had six tackles for loss including three quarterback sacks ... Was named WCU's defensive player of the game after posting a career-high 19 tackles including eight solo stops against Elon ... Intercepted his first career pass at Samford, returning the pick 11 yards before fumbling where teammate Brandon Vaught recovered for a touchdown ... Forced a fumble at nationally-ranked Appalachian State ... Credited with two pass break-ups ... Named to the 2011 Southern Conference Fall Academic All-Conference team ... Finished with nine tackles including 1.5 tackles for loss in WCU's annual Spring Game ... Named to WCU's Dean's List.
2010 (Sophomore): Started four of the 10 games in which he saw action ... Ranked third on the team with 66 total tackles including 34 solo stops and 6.5 tackles for loss ... Ranked eighth in the Southern Conference with a 7.3 tackle-per-game average ... Posted double-digit tackles in three games including a career-high 14 against Samford ... Tallied a career-best 12 unassisted tackles at Wofford ... Recorded one quarterback sack in the season opener at North Carolina State ... Named to the 2010 Southern Conference Fall Academic All-Conference team.
2009 (Freshman): Played in 11 games making three starts as a true freshman including his first just three games into his collegiate career ... Ranked inside the top 10 on the team in terms of tackles, finishing with 30 total hits including 17 solo stops ... Twice recorded a then career-high six tackles both in his college debut at SEC-foe, Vanderbilt, and again at Samford ... Recorded a then career-best four solo tackles including his lone tackle for loss against Furman.
Prior to Western: Played varsity football at Howell HS under head coach Aaron Metz for two seasons, amassing 108 career tackles including 67 solo stops and three sacks ... Also had one interception as a senior ... Set a team and Kensington Lakes Athletic Association (KLAA) record with 97 total tackles in his final season, tallying a career-best 17 in a playoff game against Hartland ... Named first team All-KLAA, All-County and Defensive MVP as a senior ... Also garnered Ann Arbor News All-Area second team plaudits.
Personal: Full name is Jordan "Rock" Williams ... Was born in Columbia, S.C. ... Is the son of Robert "Kent" and Karen Williams ... Has three siblings; Luke, Sierra and Sky ... His brother Luke plays tight end at Louisburg Junior College ... His father, Robert "Kent" Williams, was a defensive tackle at Furman where he finished with 108 total tackles in two seasons and was a part of four-straight SoCon Championship teams (1980-83).