2009 Scouting Report: Williams is described by his positional coach Greg Gattuso as "the heart of the defensive line"...has all the tools needed for an all-star senior season...a grizzled veteran whose strength and conditioning levels are at the highest of his career...a relentless performer in the trenches who thrives as both a run stopper and pass rusher.
2008: Played in 12 games, starting nine...missed Oct. 18 Navy game (concussion)... had 25 tackles, 8.5 TFLs and 4.5 sacks...had season-high three tackles in four different games, including West Virginia, Iowa, Bowling Green and in the Sun Bowl vs. Oregon State...had career-high 1.5 sacks vs. Louisville... was the defensive recipient of the Ed Conway Award, annually given to the most improved players of spring drills.
2007: Played in all 12 games, 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.
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