|A.J. Williams (#84) with Devin Funchess|
Weight: 263 lbs.
High school: Cincinnati (OH) Sycamore
Position: Tight end
Jersey number: #84
Last year: I ranked Williams #28 and said he would be the starting tight end with 2 catches for 20 yards. He started six games and caught 1 pass for 2 yards and 1 touchdown.
Williams couldn't block a soul as a true freshman in 2012, and he improved exponentially by blocking a couple guys in 2013. The good news is that Doug Nussmeier is the new sheriff in town, and in my mind, that means he will fix every problem that Michigan ever had. The bad news is that, in my mind, that one hot chick from my senior year house party totally wanted to hook up with me.
More good news, though: A.J. Williams caught a touchdown pass!
More bad news: That was the only pass he caught since his junior year of high school.
The only other good news I have is that Chick-Fil-A is pretty tasty, especially when you remove the pickle from the sandwich.
Speaking of sandwiches, Williams has been eating less of them and is down to 263 lbs. after being 280+ as a freshman and 265 as a sophomore. Michigan will be without their main tight end in Jake Butt, so Williams will have to fill some kind of void until he returns. Even when Butt comes back, Williams will still find some playing time. This year there seems to be a challenge coming from redshirt junior Keith Heitzman, a position-switcher from defensive end. I'm dropping Williams quite a long way in this year's countdown, not because he won't play but because losing him to injury would likely not affect the team much. The combination of Heitzman and Butt should be able to do most of what Nussmeier wants, and anything the coaches can get from freshman Ian Bunting, redshirt freshman Khalid Hill, and some H-backs would be gravy.
Prediction: Backup tight end; 1 catch for 7 yards