USATSI Gallery: Penn State vs. Kent State - 09/21/13
Following a strong start to his Nittany Lion career in 2012 as a true freshman, Trevor Williams joined classmate Malik Golden in transitioning from wide receiver to the secondary during spring practice. Although he had a successful debut season, making 10 catches and earning a start against Ohio State, Williams recognized there was a more urgent need for his athleticism, toughness and instincts on defense. The Maryland all-state honoree made significant strides during the 15 spring practices and will have an opportunity to earn a starting assignment at cornerback this fall. Depending on his continued progress and personnel groupings, it's possible Williams could join former Calvert Hall College High School teammates Adrian Amos and Da'Quan Davis to comprise three-quarters of the defensive backfield at the same time this season. Williams also could see time on special teams, having returned four kickoffs last year. He is among the 12 returning Nittany Lions from Maryland.
2012 (Freshman Season)
Williams appeared in all 12 games and was among six true freshmen to make their debut. A wide receiver, he made 10 receptions for 97 yards and returned four kickoffs for an average of 19.8 yards, making his first career start against Ohio State. Williams made his first career catch, good for 24 yards, on fourth-and-12 in the win over Navy for Bill O'Brien's first head coaching victory. He made one catch for nine yards in the victory over Temple and had one grab for seven yards in the thrilling 39-28 comeback win over No. 24 Northwestern. Williams caught a season-high two passes in each of the wins at Iowa and at Purdue, posting 15 and 22 yards, respectively. Williams made his first career start against Ohio State and made one reception for eight yards. He had one catch for 14 yards and two kickoff returns for 46 yards in the 45-22 win over Indiana.
Williams was first-team all-state and second-team All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) as a senior at Calvert Hall College High School. Playing for Coach Donald Davis, he helped the Cardinals win their first MIAA championship since 1982. A two-time team captain, he caught 99 passes for 1,180 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior. He gained all-met honors and also was an All-MIAA pick as a junior. Williams was invited to play in the Maryland Crab Bowl and the Chesapeake Bowl all-star contests after his senior season.
Full name is Trevor Williams. He is the son of Tracey Williams and Dwayne Denham and has two sisters, Danita and Nadia, and a brother, Zion. He enjoys spending time with family. He plans to major in recreation, parks and tourism management. Born September 15, 1993 in Baltimore, Md.