2016 NFL Draft
  Rusty Williams
Rusty Williams

Player Profile
RS Senior

Vista, CA

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 267



UCLA — Rusty has been a productive performer throughout his career, starting in both 1999 and 2000 … He appears to be totally recovered from the shoulder problems that have bothered him in the past … He excels at rushing the quarterback and is a team leader by example … An intense competitor … He is expected to battle for the starting job at left end … In addition, he will also handle long snapping duties for the first time in his career, following in the footsteps of Washington Redskins draftee Jeff Grau.

2001 — A year ago, Williams sat out Spring practice due to shoulder surgery, but reported to Fall camp ready for action, and played at defensive right end in the opener versus Alabama … He also played well against Kansas with one solo tackle and added a solo tackle in the win over Ohio State … Against California, he was credited with two solo tackles and had a tackle for loss at Washington State … Came off the bench and played in all 11 games, finishing with six tackles … He was on the field for at least 15 plays in eight games, including highs of 29 snaps versus Cal and 24 versus Alabama.

2000 — Williams made his 22nd straight start against USC despite playing with a sprained ankle and an injured right shoulder … His streak ended with the Sun Bowl, due to surgery on the shoulder … Against Oregon State, he made a career-high five tackles, including one for loss … On the year, Williams finished with 17 stops and was tied for second on the squad with two fumble recoveries … He started all 11 regular season games and played at least 40 snaps six times, including 73 at Oregon, 72 versus Oregon State and 61 against Michigan … Also played on the field goal block special teams.

1999 — Williams started in all 11 games at right defensive end … Finished 12th on the team in tackles with 28 … His eight tackles for loss ranked third on the team … Credited with 3.5 sacks, tied for second on the squad … Also had two pass breakups … Played at least 40 defensive snaps in eight games, including 69 at Ohio State, 55 at Oregon State and 52 versus Boise State … Made a career-high four tackles against Stanford, Arizona State and Oregon State … Made two tackles for loss versus Arizona State and Washington.

1998 — Did not appear in a game during his first year with the varsity and has one season of eligibility remaining … Worked hard in practice and was selected the defensive Scout Team Player of the Year.

HIGH SCHOOL — Rusty was a highly-recruited prospect as a senior in 1997 … Played at Vista, CA High School for coach Steve Silberman … Plays with intensity and relentless pursuit … Enjoyed an outstanding senior season with 115 tackles, 17 for loss and 18 sacks … Set a CIF record with seven passes batted down in one game … PrepStar All-America (No. 6 DL in West) … National Recruiting Advisor All-America (No. 7 strong side DE) … PrepStar Western Region Super 30 … SuperPrep All-America (No. 16 DL) … SuperPrep All-Far West (No. 11 prospect) … Cornwell All-America … All-State second team (Student Sports) … USA Today honorable mention All-America … Member of Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 … Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram’s Best in the West second team (six votes) … As a tight end, he made 18 receptions for 414 yards and 2 TDs … Three-time All-Palomar League selection … CIF San Diego Division I Player of the Year … Two-time All-CIF choice … Twice selected to San Diego Union-Tribune’s All-San Diego County team … Vista twice won the CIF title and had State Top 25 rankings during Williams’ junior and senior seasons … Selected to play in the Shrine All-Star game … PrepStar pre-season All-America at TE … National Recruiting Advisor pre-season All-America (No. 3 rush end in nation and No. 4 DL in West) … As a junior, he had 102 tackles, including 17 quarterback sacks and nine deflected passes … On offense, he caught 22 passes for 437 yards and 1 TD … As a sophomore, he was credited with 95 tackles, 11 sacks and seven passes batted down … Also earned a letter in baseball for coach Butch Smith.

PERSONAL — Full Name: Russell Williams … Born: March 21, 1980 in San Diego, CA … Parents: Kelley and Connie Williams … Has one younger brother, Corey … Lists former standout NFL pass rusher Kevin Greene as the player he admires and patterns his style of play after … Enjoys surfing in his spare time … Lists coaching as a career objective … History major.

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Career Highs
5 vs. Oregon State, 2000