#95 Ian Williams
CAREER: Strong and powerful anchor to Notre Dame[apos]s defensive line opens fall competing for starting nose guard position … one of only two members of his recruiting class still on roster to have appeared in every game of his Notre Dame career (Kerry Neal is the other; Golden Tate also had accomplished this feat through three seasons) … has started 17 of 37 games played and totaled 124 tackles, nine and a half tackles for loss, one interception and one pass breakup in his career … only four other defensive players have started more contests at Notre Dame.
2009 (JUNIOR): Nose tackle played in all 12 games, starting eight contests … did not start against Purdue, Washington, Washington State and Connecticut … ranked seventh on team and second on defensive line with 39 tackles as his six tackles for loss were fifth most on squad … added first career interception and one pass breakup … recorded three tackles including one tackle for loss against Michigan State and totaled another tackle for loss as part of two-tackle performance at Purdue … credited with seven tackles against Boston College … registered first career interception against Washington State and also tallied tackle for loss against Cougars … made season-high eight tackles with one tackle for loss against Navy … totaled three tackles and one tackle for loss in home finale against Connecticut … recorded three tackles, one tackle for loss and one pass breakup in season finale at Stanford … logged 204:27 of playing time and made 38 special-teams appearances for the Irish.
2008 (SOPHOMORE): Played in all 13 games for the Irish, including seven starts (against Michigan State, Stanford, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Navy, Syracuse, and USC) … totaled 40 tackles, including two tackles for a loss … also added a pass breakup … registered a then-season-high six tackles (solo, five assists) vs. Michigan State … made his third career start against the Spartans … anchored the Irish defense against Pittsburgh, earning his sixth career start and amassing a then season-high tying six tackles (five solo; assist) and two tackles for loss against the Panthers … had another huge game against Navy, amassing a then season-high seven tackles (four solo; three assist) and helping hold Navy to just one third down conversion … the start was the seventh of his career … led the Irish in tackles with eight (all assists) against Syracuse in the home finale … made his seventh start of the season (ninth of career) and tallied three tackles (two solo; assist) vs. USC … added a pass breakup in regular season finale vs. the Trojans.
2007 (FRESHMAN): Appeared in all 12 games – one of just four freshmen to do that – and started the final two games of the season (Duke and Stanford) … ranked sixth on the team and second on the defensive line in tackles though he came off of the bench most of the year … totaled 45 tackles with 19 solo stops and 1.5 tackles for loss … recorded the third most tackles by a freshman defensive lineman in school history (Ross Browner, 68 in [apos]73; Steve Niehaus, 47 in [apos]72) … made his Irish debut vs. Georgia Tech and recorded three tackles … notched three tackles and 0.5 tackle for loss at Penn State … tallied season-best four solo tackles at Michigan … registered three tackles vs. Boston College … established career best with 11 tackles vs. Navy … recorded six tackles including one tackle for loss vs. Air Force … made his first career start vs. Duke and tallied three tackles … started at Stanford and was credited with six tackles … logged 125:25 of playing time and made 22 special-teams appearances.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated 120th prep player nationally on ESPN 150 listing … named to Florida Class 5A first-team all-state unit for 2006 as offensive lineman, as selected by Florida Sports Writers Association … all-Central Florida first team as defensive lineman by Orlando Sentinel … also a first-team defensive lineman on all-Seminole County team selected by the Sentinel … rated 30th on list of top 50 Florida prospects at end of `06 by South Florida Sun-Sentinel … listed 20th nationally among defensive tackles by CSTV … had more than 40 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and 12 sacks as senior interior defensive lineman at Lyman High School in Longwood, Fla. … three-year starter at that spot … made 83 tackles as junior in `05, 23 tackles for loss, 12 hurries, four forced fumbles, two sacks, four fumble recoveries and four passes broken up … helped Greyhounds to 8-3 mark in `05 and third straight district title as Lyman defeated Melbourne for first Florida playoff win in school history … first-team Florida Class 5A all-state pick by FSWA as junior on defensive line in 2005 … rated 95th best Southeast prospect on 2006 preseason basis by The Sporting News SchoolSports … helped North team to 16-3 victory in December 2006 Florida North-South all-star game … also competed in track … played for Lyman coach Bill Caughell … born Aug. 31, 1989 … son of Natalie Williams … enrolled in College of Arts and Letters, majoring in film, television and theatre.
Williams[apos] Career Statistics