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42 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Meshak Williams

Just think of Meshak Williams (42) as Arthur Brown's defensive copilot.
Just think of Meshak Williams (42) as Arthur Brown's defensive copilot.

#42 Meshak Williams
True Senior
6-3 | 245
Sylvester, Ga.


Position: Defensive End

Previous College: Hutchinson Community College

Projection: Starter

Status: On Scholarship

Meshak Williams (b. June 3, 1991) had a fairly successful first season, but I'm expecting even more out of him in 2012. We penciled him in as a starter last summer, yet he didn't start a single game. That needs to change.

Williams had 28 total tackles (19 solo, nine assisted), 10 tackles for loss, seven sacks, a QB hit and a forced fumble. His seven sacks led the team. Not bad numbers for a guy coming off the bench to relieve Jordan Voelker.

This year, I would like to see Williams become the sort of pass-rushing standout the Cats haven't had since Ian Campbell's record-tying season in 2006. That means making a run at the single-season sack record. It's doable.

Campbell logged 11.5 sacks in 13 games that year to tie the season record set by Nyle Wiren. In comparison, Williams collected 12 sacks in his freshman year at Hutchinson Community College. In just 10 games.

He also had a school-record 23 sacks as a senior at Worth County High School. Basically, Meshak equals sacks.