Dec. 13, 2012
Cullowhee, N.C. -
On the roster for the 2012 FCS South squad, Western Carolina senior linebacker Rock Williams will play in Saturday's FCS Senior Scout Bowl at Doug Shaw Stadium in Myrtle Beach, S.C., presented by the Collegiate Development Football league.
Williams is just one of three Southern Conference players involved in Saturday's all-star event, joining Furman running back Jerodis Williams and Cass Couey, kicker from The Citadel. Rock also becomes just the third Catamount to participate in the post-season game, joining former Catamounts Mitchell Bell (DB) and Jacoby Hammon (OL) who played in the inaugural game back in 2010.
Players began arriving in coastal South Carolina for the third-annual FCS Senior Scout Bowl on Thursday with two scheduled practices for the two squads set for Friday (Dec. 14). Williams and the other participants will attend a player banquet on Friday evening before the game on Saturday afternoon with kickoff at 5:00 pm. Teams are divided North and South in terms of location of their college or university.
Williams, a first team All-Southern Conference linebacker this past season, anchored the Catamount defense by leading both the team and the conference in tackles at 12.0 per game despite missing two games due to an ankle injury. He twice recorded 20-or-more tackles in a single-game including a career-high 24 against The Citadel and 23 against archrival Appalachian State.
An Academic All-District III selection, Williams finished with 108 tackles including 52 solo stops and 3.5 tackles for loss. He forced a team-high tying four fumbles, recovering one.
On WCU's career charts, Williams finished his career in seventh place with 319 career tackles. Finishing with 108 seasonal stops 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.
The FCS Senior Scout Bowl is put on by the Collegiate Development Football League (CDFL) and the father-son co-founders George and Peter St. Lawrence (fcsseniorbowl.com).
The site of Saturday's game - Doug Shaw Stadium (3205 North Oak Street) - is a jointly owned facility between the City of Myrtle Beach and the Horry County School District. In 2008, the 4,500-seat stadium underwent a $3.5 million renovation including the installation of an all-weather, FieldTurf playing surface.
Fans can watch the game online Saturday evening through UStream: www.fcsseniorbowl.com/watch/.