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  Ernest Williams
Ernest Williams

Player Profile
Class:
RS Junior

Hometown:
Monessen, Pa.

High School:
Monessen

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 285

Position:
DL

2008 Scouting Report: Will be looking to continue the outstanding form he displayed at the close of his sophomore season...developed into a punishing performer at defensive tackle, both as a run stopper and pass rusher...continued to make strides during the offseason... was the defensive recipient of the Ed Conway Award, annually given to the most improved players of spring drills...could be ready for an all-star junior campaign.

2007: Played in all 12 games at defensive tackle, making seven starts...started six of the final seven contests of the season...had 29 tackles, eight TFLs and three sacks...had a career-high seven tackles with 2.5 TFLs at Rutgers...had six tackles at Louisville and also had a nine-yard sack... had six stops and a three-yard sack vs. Navy...making his first career start at Michigan State, had three tackles and an eight-yard sack.

2006: Played in the season's first three games...ultimately missed the balance of the year due to a left shoulder injury...had two tackles.

2005: Redshirted as a true freshman.

High School: Earned acclaim on both sides of the ball during his four-year varsity career at Monessen...named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class A All-State Team (first team) as a linebacker his senior year...also was an outstanding fullback, rushing for 1,109 yards and 13 touchdowns on 131 carries (8.5 avg.) his final season...scored 16 total TDs, including two on punt returns, as a senior...Valley Independent's Player of the Year...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review All-Class A...second team all-state as a junior... three-time All-Tri-County South selection...during his four-year varsity career, Williams led the Greyhounds to a combined 34-9 record (.791), four WPIAL Class A playoff berths and three Tri-County South championships... PrepStar All-American...Rivals.com rated him the No. 8 fullback nationally...rated the nation's No. 18 inside linebacker prospect by Tom Lemming...SuperPrep All-Northeast Team...rated Pennsylvania's No. 15 prospect by Rivals.com, No. 16 by Scout.com and No. 23 by SuperPrep... selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...also an all-section basketball player who shattered a backboard while dunking in a game...played football under Coach Andy Pacak...Williams became the first Monessen product to sign with Pitt since All-America wide receiver Julius Dawkins, who starred for the Panthers from 1979-82.

Personal: Ernest D. Williams, born 7/3/86, is the son of Robin Stover and the late Ernest Williams...has three sisters and two brothers...sister Latitia played basketball at West Virginia...administration of justice major.