USATSI Gallery: Penn State vs. Kent State - 09/21/13
The 2013 season was one of transition for Trevor Williams, as he shifted from wide receiver to cornerback during spring drills. Williams grabbed hold of a starting assignment in preseason camp and played in all 12 games, making six starts. With senior Adrian Amos returning to safety, Williams will be among the primary candidates to earn a starting berth in the talented and experienced secondary. The athletic and instinctive Williams ranked 11th in the Big Ten with 10 passes defended last season. He made 24 tackles (17 solo) and was third on the team with two interceptions. Both of his picks were big ones, coming in Penn State territory in the fourth quarter of wins over Syracuse and Wisconsin away from Beaver Stadium. Williams joins fellow secondary mates Amos and Da'Quan Davis as former Calvert Hall College High School teammates who are playing for the Nittany Lions. They are among seven former Maryland prep standouts who return to the Penn State roster for the 2014 campaign.
2013 (Sophomore Season)
Williams moved from wide receiver to cornerback during spring practice and played in all 12 games, earning six starts. He recorded 24 tackles and was tied for 11th in the Big Ten with 10 passes defended. He also notched eight pass breakups and snagged a pair of interceptions, returning them 33 yards. Williams made his second career start (Ohio State, 2012 at wide receiver), and first on defense, in the season-opening win over Syracuse in MetLife Stadium. He registered three tackles and picked off a pass on the sidelines with 1:56 remaining in the game to seal the victory over the Orange. Against UCF, he tied for the team-high with a career-best six tackles (four solo) and had two pass breakups. Williams accounted for five tackles and a pass breakup in the 34-0 shutout of Kent State. He posted three tackles in the four-overtime win against No. 18 Michigan and had a tackle and a pass breakup against Nebraska. In the season-finale at No. 14 Wisconsin, Williams hauled in his second interception of the season with a fourth-quarter pick deep in Penn State territory. He returned the pick 33 yards to set up a Christian Hackenberg to Geno Lewis touchdown pass for a 31-14 lead. Williams also collected three stops and a pass breakup in the huge win over the Badgers.
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.