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#26 P.J. Williams
Position: Defensive Back
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 196
Year: Junior
Hometown: Ocala, Fla.
High School: Vanguard
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2014 Bronko Nagurski and Bednarik Award Candidate
2014 Jim Thorpe Award Candidate
2014 All-America Award Candidate

2013 Honors

  • All-ACC Honorable Mention
  • College Football News Sophomore All-America Second Team
2014 Outlook: Physical, ball-hawking corner who is considered one of the best all-around cornerbacks in the country heading into his second season as a starter in the nation’s top secondary. Displayed tremendous improvement from Year 1 to 2 and will look to make a similar leap in Year 3. Is a great tackler and has elite vision and speed in addition to a knack for making the big play.

2013: Starting cornerback blossomed into one of ACC’s best defensive backs in his second season...captured Defensive MVP honors in BCS National Championship Game versus Auburn after making a career-high seven tackles, including a half-tackle for loss and interception on consecutive plays at the start of the fourth quarter when the Seminoles trailed 21-13…his pick of Tigers’ quarterback Nick Marshall provided a spark and led to an FSU touchdown…missed first game of the season, but played in 13 contests, while starting final 11…led Florida State with seven pass break-ups and total passes defended (10) – a mark that placed him 14th in the conference…ranked 10th on Noles with 35 tackles and tied for second with three interceptions...set a then-career high with five tackles – all solo – at Florida...recorded his first career interception and tied a career high with four tackles at Boston College...had a pass breakup and a tackle against Bethune-Cookman...posted three tackles at Clemson...made two tackles, intercepted a pass and broke up another against Miami...had two tackles, 1.0 TFL and a pass break-up against Idaho…key member of nation’s No. 1-ranked pass defense (156.6 ypg) and third-ranked total defense (281.4 ypg)…FSU also led the nation in interceptions (26) and scoring defense (12.1 ppg).

2012: Freshman defensive back played in 14 games for the Seminoles...posted 14 tackles on the season...had a career day against Boston College with four solo tackles...he also recorded a 10-yard tackle for loss in the fourth quarter against the Eagles...secured the first pass breakup of his career against Murray State...also a key contributor on kickoff and punt return coverage teams.

PERSONAL: Versatile four-star defensive back that can play either corner or safety...played safety for Ocala’s Vanguard High School and showed good ball skills and instincts on his way to being named Vanguard’s first ever Under Armour All-American...also played wide receiver...recorded 52 tackles as a senior and earned Associated Press’ Class 6A all-state first team honors as a defensive utility player...played in the Under Armour All-America game and made three tackles and had one pass break-up for Team Blur...named first team All-County by The Ocala Star-Banner...named to the Super 75 by the Florida Times-Union...No. 52 on the Orlando Sentinel’s 2012 Florida Top 100...rated a four-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals, Scout.com and 247Sports.com...No. 6 safety, No. 23 player in Florida and No. 59 regionally by ESPN and the No. 133 player on the ESPNU 150...ranked No. 9 safety, No. 23 player in Florida and No. 118 nationally by Rivals...No. 46 on the Mobile Register’s Super Southeast 120...listed as the No. 10 safety and No. 16 player in the Scout.com Florida Top 100...No. 11 safety, No. 25 player in Florida and No. 168 on the Top 247 by 247Sports...has been clocked with sub 4.4 time in the 40-yard dash...named to the Super 75 by the Florida Times-Union...earned all-county honors as a junior after logging 83 tackles and an interception as the Knights’ starting safety...posted a county-best 33.8-yards-per-return average on kickoffs, including a school-record four touchdowns as a sophomore at Vanguard...chose Florida State over Alabama and Miami (Fla.).

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