Mykel Williams

American football player (born 2004)
Mykel Williams
Georgia Bulldogs – No. 13
PositionDefensive end
ClassJunior
Personal information
Born: (2004-06-29) June 29, 2004 (age 20)
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight265 lb (120 kg)
Career history
College
  • Georgia (2022–present)
Bowl games
High schoolHardaway (Columbus, Georgia)
Career highlights and awards
  • Stats at ESPN.com

Mykel DeAnthony Williams (born June 29, 2004) is an American football defensive end for the Georgia Bulldogs. He won a national championship in 2022.

Early life

Williams attended Hardaway High School in Columbus, Georgia. After his senior season, he was named the Maxwell Football National High School Defensive Player of the Year.[1] Williams was ranked by 247Sports as the fourth-highest recruit in the 2022 college football class.[2][3][4][5]

College career

Williams initially committed to USC, but flipped to Georgia in October 2021.[6][7] He was the highest-rated recruit signed by defending national champion Georgia in the 2022 recruiting cycle.[8] In July 2022, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said of Williams: "The number one thing that stands out about Mykel is his work ethic. . . . I'm excited for him. . . . He's a great young man."[8]

As a true freshman in 2022, CBS Sports rated him as a "freshman to watch",[9] and ESPN rated him as a preseason true freshman All-American.[10] He played in Georgia's 2022 season opener against No. 11 Oregon and registered two quarterback hurries.[11] At the end of the season, he was named to Pro Football Focus's PFF True Freshman All-America team.[12]

References

  1. ^ "Mykel Williams Honored As Nation's Top Defender". SI.com. January 20, 2022.
  2. ^ "2022 Top Football Recruits". 247Sports. Retrieved September 7, 2022.
  3. ^ "Mykel Williams". 247Sports. Retrieved September 7, 2022.
  4. ^ Evan Cromwell (May 18, 2022). "Mykel Williams Touted As Next Big Thing In Athens". SI.com.
  5. ^ "Nolan Smith Compares Mykel Williams to Travon Walker". SI.com. August 29, 2022.
  6. ^ "5-Star DL Prospect Mykel Williams Flips Commitment from USC to Georgia". Bleacher Report. October 20, 2021.
  7. ^ Tom VanHaaren (October 20, 2021). "DE Mykel Williams, No. 50 prospect in Class of 2022, flips commitment from USC to Georgia". ESPN.
  8. ^ a b "Kirby Smart is "Excited" about Freshman Mykel Williams". SI.com. July 21, 2022.
  9. ^ "Mykel Williams is a true freshman to watch out for in 2022". CBS Sports. Retrieved September 7, 2022.
  10. ^ Jordan D. Hill (August 18, 2022). "Mykel Williams named Preseason True Freshman All-American by ESPN". ESPN.
  11. ^ "Why Mykel Williams started in his first career Georgia football game: 'He's going to be very good'". DawgNation. Retrieved September 7, 2022.
  12. ^ "Haulcy Named PFF True Freshman All-America". Pro Football Focus. November 29, 2022.

External links

  • Georgia Bulldogs bio
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