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Player Profile: Charlie Williams

From the Cowboys*96 Media Guide
(July, 1996)

Charlie Williams
Safety #42
6'9" * 189 * 2/2/72
Bowling Green
D-3 for '95 * 2nd Year

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 his knee.

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.

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