Pitt will have veteran competition and depth at offensive tackle with the return of Dale Williams...has served as a part-time starter or primary reserve during most of the last three seasons...a smart and versatile player, Williams can play left or right tackle...that intelligence translates to academics as well...was named to the 2004 Big East All-Academic Football Team...did not compete during the spring due to his recovery from offseason left knee surgery...will be back at full strength for fall training camp..."We're expecting big things from Dale," offensive line coach Paul Dunn said. "While he didn't get any reps during the spring, he did what he had to do in the classroom. I'm pleased with the way he approached that mental side of the game and his rehab. He will be a factor for us."
2004: Played in all 12 games, starting the first five contests of the season...started the first four games at right tackle... started the season's fifth game (at Temple) at the left tackle spot with the absence of injured regular Rob Petitti...came off the bench the last seven games...the season opener versus Ohio marked the first start of Williams' career.
2003: Played in six games to earn his second letter...served as the primary backup at right tackle.
2002: Played in five games to letter in his first active collegiate season.
2001: Redshirted as a true freshman.
High School: Named to The Associated Press Big School All-State Team (first team) as a senior...starter at offensive and defensive tackle for Cathedral Prep team that went 14-0 and won the Pennsylvania Class AAAA championship...team finished the year ranked No. 2 in the country by ESPN and No. 4 by USA Today...first team All-Metro League ...first team All-Allegheny Conference...26th-ranked prospect in Pennsylvania by SuperPrep...PrepStar All-Eastern Region...nation's seventh-ranked offensive tackle by Max Emfinger...Blue Chip Recruiting All-American...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...earned three letters under Coach Mike Mischler...also earned two letters in basketball... Academic All-American by the United States Achievement Academy... Pennsylvania Football News Academic All-Star... National Honor Society...listed in Who's Who Among American High School Students.
Personal: Dale Joseph Williams, born 8/24/82, is the son of Donald and Judith Williams...has two sisters...Dale's great grandfather, Joseph Leroy Williams, played professional football for Carnot/Coraopolis team from 1919-1922...movement science major.
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