| Mike Williams
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The Colony, Texas (The Colony)
Three-year starter and four-year letterwinner ... appeared in all 51 games of his career (including four bowl games) and started 28 contests at right tackle ... started the final 24 games of his career ... saw action in four bowl games (1999-2000 Cotton Bowls; 2000-01 Holiday Bowls) ... 2001 first-team All-American (American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Football Foundation, Football News & Pro Weekly)... 2001 first-team All-Big 12 ... 2001 Playboy Preseason All-American ... two-time UT Outstanding Offensive Lineman (2000-01)... 2000 second-team All-Big 12 ... allowed only two sacks in 28 career starts ... helped pave the way for four consecutive 1,000-yard rushers (Cedric Benson, 1,053 yards, 2001; Hodges Mitchell, 1,118 yards, 2000; Mitchell, 1,343 yards, 1999; Ricky Williams, 2,124, 1998) ... selected in the first round (fourth overall) by the Buffalo Bills in the 2002 NFL Draft ... teamed with CB Quentin Jammer (fifth overall) to become the first duo in UT history to be selected in the NFL Draft's top five overall ... became the second consecutive UT offensive lineman to be selected in the top five of the NFL Draft (Leonard Davis was the second overall pick in 2001).
Started all 13 games at right tackle, including the Holiday Bowl against No. 21 Washington ... first-team All-American (American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Football Foundation, Football News & Pro Weekly) ... 2001 second-team All-American (The Associated Press, The Sporting News) ... first-team All-Big 12 selection ... shared UT's Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award ... 2001 Playboy Preseason All-American ... posted 67 knockdown blocks and 64 pancakes ... helped clear the way on 18 TD runs, 34 explosive plays (run or pass of 12+ yards) and 24-of-25 third-and-short conversions ... allowed only one sack... helped lead a UT offense that led the Big 12 and ranked six nationally in scoring offense (39.2 ppg) ... registered nine pancakes and five knockdowns in the season opener against New Mexico State and shared UT's Darrell K. Royal Offensive Player of the Week Award ... registered nine knockdowns and five pancakes at Houston ... tallied nine knockdowns and two pancakes against Texas Tech ... recorded seven pancakes and eight knockdowns as UT posted 241 rushing yards at Oklahoma State ... tallied a season-high 10 pancakes and three knockdowns at Missouri ... registered seven pancakes and six knockdowns to help UT record a season-high 606 yards of total offense against Kansas ... tallied seven pancakes and six knockdowns and helped clear the way on two touchdown runs at Texas A&M ... recorded six knockdowns and a pair of pancakes before leaving the Big 12 Championship game against No. 9 Colorado with a shoulder injury ... helped pave the way for a Texas offense that recorded 119 yards rushing, 473 yards passing and six TDs in a victory over No. 21 Washington in the Holiday Bowl.
Played in all 11 games at right tackle and started the final 10 contests ... an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection ... also was a second-team All-Big 12 choice by the Houston Chronicle ... ranked second among offensive linemen with 36 pancake blocks ... allowed only one sack during the season ... helped set the tone for UT to rush for 1,206 yards (201 ypg) during the final six games of 2000 ... helped pave the way for a Longhorn offense that averaged 38.6 points per game (eighth NCAA), 439.0 yards per contest (15th NCAA) and a school-record 293.5 passing yards per game (14th NCAA) ... a key member of a young offensive line that opened holes for UT's sixth consecutive 1,000-yard rusher (Hodges Mitchell/1,118 yards/T-No. 9 on UT's single-season list) ... helped pave the way for Mitchell's back-to-back 200-yard games (229 at Texas Tech/264 at Kansas) ... helped clear the way for Mitchell to rush for more than 100 yards in four of the final six games (150.8 ypg) ... helped lead the way for UT's 637 yards of total offense (fourth in school history) and 396 rushing yards at Kansas ... shared UT's Offensive Player of the Week honors with three other lineman for his efforts against Baylor ... helped lead UT to a 205-yard rushing day against Oklahoma State, which led the nation in rushing defense at that time ... shared UT's Offensive Player of the Week honors following the 42-7 victory against the Cowboys ... the only offensive lineman to be honored with the Darrell K Royal Award (top offensive player) twice.
Played in all 14 games, including the Cotton Bowl, on the offensive line and on special teams ... started four contests at right tackle ... served as the Horns' No. 3 tackle all season after battling Quye for the starting right tackle spot in preseason workouts ... rotated in regularly at right tackle ... earned his first career start at Rutgers due to Leonard Davis' ankle injury ... also started against Rice, at Baylor and against No. 13 Kansas State ... his run blocking helped pave the way for Hodges Mitchell to post the fifth-highest rushing total (1,343) in school history ... provided relief to an offensive line that helped produce four of the top 30 single-game total offense outputs in school history in 1999 (Texas Tech/504; Oklahoma/553; Baylor/586; Stanford/558) ... was in on over 650 snaps during the season.
Played in all 12 games, including the Cotton Bowl, either on offense, goal-line defense or on special teams as a true freshman ... saw action in eight games at offensive tackle and all 12 on special teams ... aided the offensive line in paving the way for Ricky Williams to lead the nation in rushing for the second straight year with a UT-record 2,124 yards (No. 6 on the NCAA all-time list).
Coached by Tommy Briggs at The Colony High ... a two-way starter, both as an offensive and defensive tackle as a high schooler ... named the district Defensive Player of the Year as a senior ... earned second-team Texas 5A all-state honors that season ... also was a member of the track team.
Born 1/11/80 in Dallas, Texas ... full name is Michael D. Williams ... majored in liberal arts ... worked with youth football camps in the summer ... his father ran track at Arkansas State.