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NEMCC's Sam Williams named NJCAA Defensive Player of the Year

Williams tied for the most sacks in the nation with the Tigers this season.

Posted: Dec 19, 2018 9:07 PM

Charlotte, N.C. (NJCAA) - Sophomore Sam Williams of Northeast Mississippi has been named the 2018 NJCAA Football Defensive Player of the Year. Bound for Ole Miss next year, Williams tied for the most sacks in the nation with the Tigers this season.

Williams served as a force on the defensive side of the ball for Northeast Mississippi. After making the switch from a freshman linebacker to defensive end as a sophomore, Williams increased his individual statistics in nearly every category which included 14 additional sacks in 2018. Williams inked his National Letter Intent with the Ole Miss Rebels on Wednesday during the first day of the NCAA's Early Signing Period.

Personal

Position: Defensive End
Height: 6-5
Weight: 260
Class: Sophomore
Hometown: Montgomery, Alabama

2018 Statistics

75.0 tackles
17.5 sacks
28.5 tackles for loss
4 forced fumbles
4 pass breakups

2018 Accomplishments

NJCAA First Team All-American
NJCAA First Team All-Region 23
NJCAA Region 23 Defensive Most Valuable Player
Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges Most Valuable Defensive Lineman
NJCAA Football Defensive Player of the Week (9/6)

Northeast Mississippi Head Coach Greg Davis on Williams

"His size and his speed is a rarity in college football. He has some kind of freakish ability. When you look at a total complete package as far as athleticism and size, Sam possesses all that. Sam just has to continue to get better on the field at Ole Miss. We're hoping for great things for the Rebels."

"His maturity level has grown quite a bit. He understands the values and the things we've tried to instill in him over the last 18 months here at Northeast. We have that family relationship that he can always come back home. We just love the fact that he's now part of our history and legacy here. We definitely feel like he's grown as a person. Academically he graduated with over a 2.8 GPA. We're really excited about that. Knowing Sam's background and where he came from and the things he's gone through in his life, to get to this moment is rewarding. I'm really excited for him. I know his teammates are really, really excited for him and what the future holds."

Williams' Reaction

"It's kind of surprising because I've got areas that I can improve on. I'm getting better each year. The position change was pretty big because as a defensive end, all I had to do was beat one man and I was right at the ball. It helped my game a lot. It helped me focus on less and do more."

"I always underestimated myself. People always underestimate me, but God knows your plan. It's just the fact that I came from nothing and turned into something. It shows that anybody can do it. Don't ever give up on yourself."

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 111322

Reported Deaths: 3202
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Hinds7751171
DeSoto663677
Harrison481181
Jackson431978
Rankin380886
Madison371792
Lee341379
Forrest295177
Jones283182
Washington251497
Lafayette241742
Lauderdale2344130
Lamar214938
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Neshoba1806111
Lowndes173962
Panola165136
Leflore160086
Sunflower157449
Warren152154
Monroe144872
Pontotoc143519
Pike136455
Lincoln134854
Copiah134636
Marshall132626
Scott123229
Coahoma123136
Grenada120137
Simpson118148
Yazoo117233
Union113925
Holmes113260
Tate112739
Leake112239
Itawamba109024
Pearl River108256
Adams104342
Prentiss101619
Wayne98521
Alcorn95512
George93517
Marion93242
Covington91625
Tippah85120
Newton84227
Chickasaw82024
Tallahatchie81825
Winston81521
Tishomingo79040
Hancock76927
Attala76525
Clarke71448
Clay67221
Jasper66616
Walthall63327
Calhoun60912
Noxubee59516
Smith58116
Claiborne53216
Montgomery52723
Tunica51817
Lawrence49514
Yalobusha48414
Perry48022
Carroll46012
Greene45317
Stone45014
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Quitman4136
Humphreys39916
Jefferson Davis39411
Webster36513
Wilkinson32920
Kemper31815
Benton3054
Sharkey27714
Jefferson26310
Franklin2303
Choctaw2036
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 153016

Reported Deaths: 2633
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson22400372
Mobile14282314
Tuscaloosa9983132
Montgomery9691196
Madison899992
Shelby703560
Lee643966
Baldwin637567
Marshall426748
Calhoun410259
Etowah402049
Morgan394532
Houston363132
DeKalb316727
Elmore309552
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Limestone269227
Walker268092
Talladega255034
Cullman225823
Lauderdale206340
Autauga199928
Franklin199131
Jackson199114
Colbert190627
Russell19023
Dallas185227
Blount183823
Chilton180531
Escambia170928
Covington164729
Coffee16409
Dale162551
Pike130212
Chambers127343
Tallapoosa127286
Clarke126716
Marion104229
Butler99840
Barbour9819
Marengo96721
Winston89913
Geneva8337
Pickens80317
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Hale74529
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Clay70712
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Washington62112
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Perry5796
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