Weight: 265 lbs.
High school: Cincinnati (OH) Sycamore
Position: Tight end
Jersey number: #84
Last year: I ranked Williams #58 and said he would be a backup tight end. He played in all 13 games as a backup tight end.
Williams was an interesting case study last year, because he was going to be evidence - one way or another - about how Michigan's coaching staff thought about tight ends. Do they want big tight ends or guys who know what they're doing? Obviously, it would be nice to have both . . . but the coaches will settle for just being big. Williams hit campus around 280 lbs. and had very poor technique, but the staff ran him out there in every game. He kept getting his feet crossed up and struggled to hold at the point of attack. On top of that, he wasn't a receiving threat. He didn't catch a single pass, and the only time I remember him being targeted, Devin Gardner tried to hit him on a drag route across the middle, on which the Minnesota defender undercut the route and made a pick.
That previous paragraph makes Williams sound really bad, and that's kind of accurate. But in all honesty, he should have been redshirting; however, Rich Rodriguez's failure to consistently recruit the tight end position left Brady Hoke and company in a bad way. Last year Michigan suffered because of it. Now that Mike Kwiatkowski and Brandon Moore have graduated, Williams will presumably become the starting Y tight end. An extra year of watching himself on film and technique preparation should be very helpful; additionally, he has shed 15-20 lbs. of unnecessary weight and should be in better shape this year. While I don't expect him to be a blocking master (or much of a receiving threat), he should be improved this season. And even if he's not, there's not much competition.
Prediction: Starting Y tight end; 2 receptions, 20 yards