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Quinnen Williams | Defensive End

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 289

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Pro Football Focus named Alabama redshirt sophomore DT Quinnen Williams their SEC Player of the Year.
Williams (6'4/295) took home the Outland Trophy -- best interior lineman -- on Thursday. PFF now coming in to honor him on Friday. The redshirt sophomore defensive tackle finished the regular season with a 95.9 grade by the outlet's metrics, good for the top mark among all SEC defenders. In terms of traditional statistics, Williams logged 66 tackles (18.0 for loss) and eight sacks across 13 games played. Dec 7 - 2:36 PM

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Alabama redshirt sophomore DT Quinnen Williams was named the winner of the Outland Trophy.

The Outland Trophy is handed out annually to the best interior defensive lineman in the country. Williams (6'4/295) rocked 66 tackles (18.0 for loss) and eight sacks over the course of 13 games played. It could be a busy, busy month-plus for Williams, who will be facing off with Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl for the right to play for another national title upcoming, and additionally has a decision to make when it comes to the NFL Draft.
Dec 6 - 8:57 PM

Alabama redshirt sophomore DL Quinnen Williams is one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Award.

The award is essentially the defensive player of the year award. Joining Williams on the list are Kentucky LB Josh Allen, Michigan LB Devin Bush, LSU S Grant Delpit, and Clemson DE Christian Wilkins. Williams (6'4/295) has been the breakout star of college football this year, and has a real chance of being one of the first defensive player selected in 2018.
Nov 14 - 4:20 PM

Alabama redshirt sophomore DL Quinnen Williams was named the Walter Camp Player of the Week.

Williams (6'4/295) is a high-end NFL Draft prospect, and he showed it in Alabama's blowout win against LSU. In last night's game, the redshirt sophomore made a team-high 10 tackles (3.5 stops for loss) and 2.5 sacks. The Athletic's Dane Brugler ranked Williams No. 4 in his Top 32 draft board two weeks back, and he has a chance at being selected inside the top-10 in the 2019 NFL Draft, if he does declare.
Nov 4 - 3:37 PM

Alabama redshirt sophomore DL Quinnen Williams ranks fourth on Dane Brugler of the Athletic's Top 32 draft board.

The three ahead of Williams: Ohio State's Nick Bosa, Oregon's Justin Herbert and Houston's Ed Oliver. It's been quite a rise for Williams (6'4/295); but it makes sense for anyone who has seen him play as he's been as dominant -- if not more so -- than any player in the SEC. "He has an explosive first step with the heavy hands to create immediate knock-back, giving NFL scouts flashbacks of Gerald McCoy when he was at Oklahoma," writes Brugler. Williams could return for two more seasons if he wanted to, but with a strong chance of being a top 10 selection, this is likely the last year we see Williams in Tuscaloosa. At least as a football player, anyway.
Oct 22 - 5:08 PM

Alabama redshirt sophomore DL Quinnen Williams recorded four pressures in Saturday's game against Tennessee.

Williams (6'4/295) only played 21 pass-rush snaps, making four pressures a really good rate. He also missed zero tackles on the day. Williams hasn't been a consistent compiler in the stat sheet but has made a big impact on the defense. Scouts are taking notice and he is widely considered a first-round talent. Even in a loaded class of defensive lineman, Williams will be in the conversation as one of the best.
Oct 21 - 12:00 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang lists Alabama redshirt sophomore DL Quinnen Williams as the highest riser from Week 7 after his performance against Missouri.

The stats for Williams (6'4/295) were exceptional: seven tackles (six solo), two for loss, and a sack that resulted in a safety. As is often the case for defensive lineman, however, the stats don't tell the whole story on how dominant Williams was -- and has been -- in 2018. "Williams’ stout frame and fantastic weight-room strength make him a virtually immovable object in the middle at nose guard," writes Rang. This is a loaded defensive line class, but if the redshirt sophomore does enter the draft, it sure seems like he's going to be a first-round lock at this point, if such thing exists.
Oct 15 - 6:28 PM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell has spoken with multiple sources who believe Alabama redshirt sophomore DL Quinnen Williams "will grade out as a high first-round pick" so long as he maintains his consistency.

It's not a given that the 6-foot-4, 295-pound Williams declares for the draft this winter, but Campbell hears that he'll at least apply to the advisory board to see the general view the NFL might be taking. The redshirt sophomore has posted 22 tackles (5.5 for loss) in six games this season.
Oct 12 - 4:44 PM

Alabama redshirt sophomore has been graded as the top defensive player in the country through the first three weeks by Pro Football Focus.

Williams (6'4/295) flashes enormous ability in his limited time with the Crimson Tide as a redshirt freshman in 2017, but he's been better than anticipated as a sophomore. As PFF notes, he has the best grade in the country among lineman against the run (96.0) and his 86.2 percent pass-rush grade is fifth among interior defensive lineman. Alabama is loaded with quality defenders, but Williams has been as good as any of them. Going by the analytics, he's been better.
Sep 17 - 5:48 PM

Alabama signed four-star DE Quinnen Williams.

A sign of Alabama's silly-strong depth, the Tide saw letters of intent come in from eight defensive prospects who rank higher than Williams (236) on the ESPN 300. Which is just swell. The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder out of Birmingham "[d]isplays good motor and adequate range and flashes good awareness to help him sniff out plays and get around the ball," according to the Worldwide Leader. Unless he impresses early, a redshirt's realistic given the sheer amount of names populating the defensive roster.
Sat, Feb 13, 2016 07:09:00 PM