Player Profile: Charlie Williams
From the Cowboys*96 Media Guide
6'9" * 189 * 2/2/72
D-3 for '95 * 2nd Year
PRO: Charlie Williams was drafted in the third round on the
1995 NFL Draft to help fill holes in the Cowboys' defensive backfield
on special teams. He was a big contributor on special teams in
1995, and should soon contribute on the defensive side of the
ball. With 4.4, 40-yard dash speed, he has the quickness to stay
with receivers deep and is a punishing tackler. Williams was
having a productive off-season, showing improved play at safety
and working as a corner, prior to tearing the tearing the anterior
cruciate ligament and the lateral collateral ligament in his
left knee during an off-season workout. He underwent reconstructive
surgery on May 31 and will spend the 1996 season rehabilitating
1995: Williams, who moved to defense full-time in 1995,
finished fourth on the team with 18 special teams tackles. His
special teams play helped the Cowboys kickoff coverage unit hold
opponents to only 19.5 yards-per-return, the seventh lowest average
in the NFL. Williams recorded his first two special teams tackles
in his professional game at the N.Y. Giants (9/4). He tied for
the team lead with two special teams stops at Washington (10/1).
Williams recorded his first career defensive tackle-his only
defensive tackle of the year-in fourth quarter action at safety
in the regular season finale at Arizona (12/25). He finished
second on the team with three special teams tackles against Green
Bay in the NFC Championship Game (1/14/96), and he tied for fourth
on the team with four postseason special teams tackles. The 92nd
player taken overall, Williams is the first player ever drafted
from Bowling Green by Dallas.
GAMES/STARTS (regular season, playoffs): 1995 (16/0, 3/0).
COLLEGE: Williams was a special teams standout at Bowling
Green, blocking eight kicks during his collegiate career. While
lining up at split end, nickel back and as the top coverage defender
on special teams as a senior, Williams contributed five catches
for 62 yards on offense, 31 tackles, two defensed passes and
an interception on defense and blocked a kick on special teams.
As a junior, Williams was a reserve split end and played as a
nickel defensive back the last two games of the season, making
12 stops. He also contributed four blocked kicks on special teams.
As a sophomore, Williams performed mostly on special teams, recording
one solo tackle and three blocked kicks.
PERSONAL: A sociology major, Williams was an all-city
and all-public school league selection as a junior and senior
at Henry Ford High School in Detroit, MI. He made 25 career touchdown
catches and 12 career interceptions for Henry Ford. In one game
as junior, he caught eight passes, scored three touchdowns and
intercepted two passes.