USF Football BIO
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Trae Williams
Player Profile:
Trae Williams 38158
Position: Defensive Back
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 193
Year: Senior
City/State: Plant City, FL
High School: Durant HS

2007:  All-BIG EAST Second Team selection ... Led all NCAA FBS players with 13 interceptions over the last two seasons ... Picked off six passesin 2007 and took the last three interceptions back for touchdowns ... His TD scores were from 73 yards against Cincinnati, 64 yards vs. Syracuse and 21 yards vs. Pittsburgh ... One of only two players with three INT returned for a TD in 2007... Both Williams and the other player, Alphonso Smith of Wake Forest, have returned three straight INT for touchdowns ... Ranked 15th nationally with 17 passes defended (six interceptions and 11 pass breakups) ... Single game tackle high of eight against Auburn ... 50 tackles – 41 solo – on the year ... Five or more tackles in seven games ... Single game high of four pass breakups against North Carolina ... Thorpe Award quarterfinalist.

 

2006:  USF’s Defensive Playmaker of the Year ... Tied school record (J.R. Reed) with seven interceptions, which led the BIG EAST... Also had nine pass breakups ... 49 tackles, mostly in run support ... “In your jersey” coverage skills explain the fact that he has just eight return yards on his seven interceptions ...Intercepted a late pass at seventh ranked West Virginia (Nov. 25) to seal the win (when he had all eight of his return yards) ... Nine tackles and an interception in Pitt (Nov. 4) win earned him BIG EAST Player of the Week.

 

2005:  Started 11 of 12 games at corner ... Would have started all 12, but senior D’Juan Brown got the nod on senior night vs. West Virginia (Dec. 3) ... Had 39 tackles this season and two interceptions ... Season-high seven tackles vs. Cincinnati (Nov. 19) ... Had six tackles and one of his two interceptions at Penn State (Sept. 3)...Second interception came at Rutgers (Nov. 5) ... Won USF’s Outstanding Special Teams Award ... Played on all phases of special teams ... Had three kick returns for 21-yard average.

 

2004:  Made eight starts at left corner, including the final seven games of the year...Had 22 tackles...Scored a touchdown with a 37-yard interception return in season opener vs. Tennessee Tech (Sept. 11), when he also had five tackles ... Had season-high seven tackles at Cincinnati (Nov. 20) ... Also returned nine kicks for 197 yards.

 

2003:  Utilized redshirt season ... Golden Bull Award winner as the top Scout Team player on offense.

DURANT HIGH SCHOOL:  Class 5A all-state second team ... First team all-county in Tampa Tribune ...Ranked 15th in Tampa Bay by St. Petersburg Times ... Also named first team all-Suncoast and all-county by St. Petersburg Times ... Scored a school-record 22 touchdowns in 2002, including six on punt returns ...Rushed for 1,355 yards with 10-plus yards per carry ... Against traditional Polk County and state power Lakeland High, he carried 12 times for 178 yards and all four of his team’s touchdowns in a Durant win ...MVP in Hillsborough County All-Star Game ... As a junior, he rushed for 550 yards and six TDs ... Also had 55 tackles that year.

 

PERSONAL:  Born January 30, 1985 in Plant City, Fla ... Son of Sonya Williams.

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