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39 Chris Williams
Chris  Williams


Newport News, Va.

High School:
Heritage H.S.

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 208



WORTH NOTING: One of a trio of experienced safeties returning this season ? second on the team with three interceptions, all in a reserve capacity ? his three interceptions are the most by a Virginia reserve in more than 15 years ? has five career interceptions, third among active Cavaliers behind Shernard Newby (8) and Jerton Evans (6) ? one of four current Cavaliers with at least 100 career tackles.

HONORS: 1999-First-team All-Freshman by The Sporting News ... two-time ACC Rookie of the Week, honored after UVa?s games against North Carolina (Sept. 4) and Georgia Tech (Nov. 6) ... ECAC/Budget Rookie of the Week following UVa?s game against Wake Forest (Sept. 18).

AT VIRGINIA: 2001?Returned to action after missing the previous season and proved to be a solid contributor in the secondary ? also saw significant time on several special teams ? played in all 12 games and started the opener against Wisconsin ? tied for second on the team with three interceptions ? all of his interceptions came in non-starting roles ? made 32 tackles, most among the squad?s reserves ? powerful tackler who caused two fumbles ? also broke up one pass ? opened the season with five tackles, including one in the backfield, against Wisconsin ? five tackles the following week vs. Richmond ? made a season-high six tackles in the win over Clemson at ?Death Valley? ? broke up his only pass of the season in the Duke game ... his first interception of the season came in the end zone against Florida State ? had four tackles against Virginia Tech, his most since the Clemson game ? his interception in the third quarter helped set up UVa?s first touchdown ? also caused a fumble in the game ? intercepted a Penn State pass in Virginia territory in the fourth quarter on the Nittany Lions? next-to-last possession to help clinch the win ? lettered for the second time. 2000?Did not play for personal reasons. 1999?Turned in a very good season as a red-shirt freshman ... started at safety in all 11 regular season games ... played but did not start in the Bowl ... one of several rookies to see significant action in the secondary, including Jerton Evans and Shernard Newby ... led UVa rookies and defensive backs with 69 tackles ... had seven games with at least seven tackles ... second on the team with two interceptions ... led Virginia with 42 interception return yards ... a 27-yard return against North Carolina was the longest return by a Cavalier during the season ... made five tackles, broke up a pass and intercepted another vs. the Tar Heels in his first college game ... career-high nine tackles against Clemson ... led the team with eight tackles in the Virginia Tech game ... tied his career high with nine stops in the Duke contest ... broke up three passes in an important win over N.C. State ... in on seven tackles to help UVa to a win over #7 Georgia Tech ... made seven stops in the last regular season game against Maryland as well ... posted three solo tackles against Illinois in the bowl game ... lettered. 1998?Red-shirted ... did not see any game action ... in uniform against Maryland, Duke and North Carolina.

HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football as a junior and senior at Heritage High School for head coach Roger Pierce ... lettered as a sophomore at Ferguson High School for coach Tommy Reamon ... played quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, free safety and linebacker during his high school career ... also returned kickoffs ... first-team All-Peninsula District as a running back his senior year ... second-team selection at running back to the Newport News Daily Press Eastern Regional All-Star Team ... rated among the top 25 football prospects in Virginia by the Roanoke Times ... selected to Charlottesville Daily Progress "Gold List" ... two-year team captain ... team?s Most Valuable Offensive Player and Co-Most Valuable Player as a senior and Most Valuable Defensive Player his junior year ... finished his senior season with 98 tackles, 73 unassisted ... intercepted four passes, had seven pass breakups, forced two fumbles and had four fumble recoveries ... offensively as a senior, he led team in rushing (524 yards, six touchdowns) and receiving (12 receptions, 264 yards) ... scored on kickoff returns of 96 and 89 yards ... led team in tackles and receiving yards as a junior in 1996 ... holds school records for longest kickoff return for a touchdown, most kickoff returns for a touchdown and most touchdowns in a game (five) ... received the Most Promising Underclassman Award as a sophomore at Ferguson High School ... lettered twice in baseball at Heritage and once at Ferguson ... as a junior, led the district in stolen bases ... led team in runs scored and RBI ... second-team All-Peninsula District ... team captain and Most Valuable Player ... led team in stolen bases and was co-captain as a sophomore ... also lettered in indoor track as a senior ... member of 4x400 meter relay team which won the Peninsula District, Eastern Regional and the Virginia High School League State Championship, and qualified for the national meet ... earned All-State honors as a member of the 4x400 relay team.

PERSONAL: Christopher Earl Williams ... born 8-24-80 in Newport News, Va. ... son of Victor and Helen Williams ... has two brothers, Anthony (24) and Victor (18) ... Honor Roll student who served as president of the Chess, Computer, Science and Vocational Industry clubs at Heritage High School ... also involved in Math, Japanese and Latin Clubs ... earned honorable mention recognition at the Japanese Bowl in Washington, D.C. ... community activities include helping install computers and serving on the Junior Usher Board at First Baptist Church ... uncle, Darnell Hawkins, played football for Newport News Apprentice School ... cousin, Dominque Williams, plays football at North Carolina ... majoring in cognitive science.

Williams Defensively

Year GP Plys S A Tot. TFL QBS FR FC PBU Int BlK
1999 11 774 33 36 69 0 0 0 0 5 2 0
2001 12 442 25 7 32 1/-3 0 0 2 6 5 0
Career 23 1216 58 43 101 1/-3 0 0 2 6 5 0


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