All-Big 12 Candidate
2003 Hon. Men. All-Big 12 (A.P.)
2003 Team Defensive Back of the Year
An all-league candidate at strong safety who looks to lead an experienced Tiger defensive squad ... Is one of the top returning safeties in the Big 12 Conference, and he looks to continue making big plays in 2004 ... Is a physical player who brings great emotion and enthusiasm to the table ... Had elective surgery in the offseason to clean up an old injury in his foot, but was able to practice in the spring, and will be 100 percent when practice begins in August.
Junior college transfer who was MU's most valuable newcomer ... Switched to safety after being a JUCO All-American at cornerback, and made the transition quite nicely, as he ended 3rd on the team with 105 tackles, 2nd on the squad with 9 passes broken up and won the team's defensive back of the year award ... Was named to the Associated Press' Honorable Mention All-Big 12 team as well ... A vocal and emotional kid who despite his newness, established himself as a leader early on during summer conditioning when he would continually convince people to stay for extra voluntary drills ... Came up huge in his Tiger debut, as he broke up a pair of passes on consecutive plays in the final minute against Illinois, with the last one coming on 4th-and-4 from the MU 23 yardline as the Tigers held on for a 22-15 win ... Recovered a pair of fumbles against #10 Nebraska, and added 11 tackles as MU defeated Nebraska for the 1st time since 1978 ... Also made a key play when he pounced on a loose ball early in the game against Texas Tech near midfield ... That play came with Tech driving to cut into MU's 10-3 lead, and the Tigers capitalized and drove for a TD of their own to take a 17-3 lead, and never really looked back after that on the way to a 62-31 win ... Grabbed 1st career interception at #19 Kansas State when he picked off KSU's Ell Roberson on the 1st possession of the 2nd half and returned it 23 yards to set up the Tiger offense ... Had a career-best 13 tackles in MU's overtime win over Middle Tennessee State ... Later added 12 tackles and added 2 pass break ups against Texas A&M ... Had 7 tackles at #1 Oklahoma, including a 7-yard sack of quarterback Jason White.
Earned NJCAA All-American honors in 2002 after recording 73 tackles, 5 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries as a sophomore ... Returned one of his picks 30 yards for a TD ... Registered 52 tackles and grabbed 3 interceptions at Tyler as a freshman ... Junior college coach - Dale Carr.
Had a stellar prep career at John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City, Okla., where he was an all-district selection and a Jim Thorpe All-Star ... High school coach - Dan Cocanour.
Son of Nino & Tracye Williams ... Full name - Nino M. Williams II ... Birthdate - July 16, 1982 ... Majoring in psychology ... Chose MU over LSU, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Arizona and Kentucky, among others.
WILLIAMS CAREER STATISTICS
G-GS P-UN Total TFLs INT PBU FF-Rec.
2003 13-13 79-26 105 5-16 1-23 9 0-3
Totals 13-13 79-26 105 5-16 1-23 9 0-3