Photographs by Jimmy Jones
Mena quarterback Carson Cannon is sacked by Robinson defender Zach Williams during a game Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Little Rock.
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Joe T. Robinson junior defensive end Zach Williams, who received an offer from Arkansas on Sunday, has an outstanding burst off the line along with very good speed and a motor to the ball.
Williams, 6-4, 215, 4.65 seconds in the 40 yard dash, also has offers from Massachusetts, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Monroe and Texas State while drawing interest from Florida, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State, TCU, Iowa State and others.
His father Rickey Williams was an All Southwest Conference linebacker for the Hogs in 1987. Williams recorded 65 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, 3 recovered fumbles and 1 forced fumble this past season.
Robinson defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Brian Maupin said in a previous interview that Williams has several good qualities as a defender.
“He flies around the field,” said Maupin, who also serves as the Senators’ strength and conditioning coach “Every tackle is his and he is so rangy. He is deceptively fast. He can really, really run. When he rounds that corner there’s no stopping him. He closes on the quarterback so fast and even on the outside zone and jet sweep stuff it’s rare that you have a hand in the ground defense end that can make those plays.”
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