Travis Williams
Travis Williams


East Alton, Ill.

High School:
East Alton-Wood River

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 190




2004: Played in five games with four starts before being sidelined for the season with a hip injury ... Made 27 tackles, 16 solo ... Had eight tackles vs. UCLA ... Tallied seven stops vs. Western Michigan ... Recorded six solo tackles vs. Purdue ... Had four tackles in season-opener vs. Florida A&M.

2003: Third on the team in tackles with 91 ... Made a career-high 14 stops vs. Wisconsin ... Returned a blocked field goal 66 yards for a touchdown vs. Illinois State ... Tallied 13 tackles vs. Minnesota ... Had nine tackles, a fumble recovery, a PBU and returned an interception 32 yards for a touchdown vs. Northwestern ... Made 11 tackles and had one PBU vs. Michigan State ... Had six tackles, including one TFL vs. Indiana ... Forced a fumble and made six stops vs. Missouri ... Made eight tackles at both Michigan and Iowa ... Started every game at one of the safety positions.

2002: True freshman that had an immediate impact as a free safety and as a kick returner ... Earned the team's Rookie of the Year Award ... Went 90 yards for a touchdown on the opening kickoff vs. Purdue, setting the tone for the overtime victory ... Also had seven stops vs. Purdue ... Started five games at safety, including the final four of the year ... Finished with 38 tackles, an interception and two passes broken up ... Had eight tackles vs. Michigan and Penn State ... Had seven tackles vs. Purdue ... Picked off one pass in the end zone at Wisconsin, returning it 30 yards.

High School: Alton Telegraph All-Metro Player of the Year ... PrepStar All-Region selection ... Set a school record for career rushing yards with 2,722 as well as a single-season record of 1,503 yards ... Also broke school record for points scored ... Earned All-State honors by the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association ... South Central Conference first-team All-Conference as both an offensive and defensive back ... Named to the Tom Lemming 2001 Reebok All-American team ... St. Louis Post-Dispatch Area Player of the Year ... Champaign News-Gazette All-State team ... Earned 10 varsity letters in football, basketball and track at East Alton-Wood River High School ... Named the team's Most Valuable Player ... Also an All-Conference performer in basketball and track ... A long and triple jumper in track, placing third and second, respectively, at state in 2000 ... Also qualified for state in the 100 and 200 meters ... High school football coach was Gary Carter.

Personal: Full given name is Travis Jacob Williams ... Born Oct. 14, 1983 in Alton, Ill. ... The son of Rory Williams and Carolyn Johnson ... Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences ... Hobbies include fishing and hunting ... Favorite athlete is St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk ... A four-year honor roll student ... Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and performed with a show choir.

Career Highs
Tackles: 14 vs. Wisconsin, 9/27/03
Solos: 7, twice (last time vs. Minnesota, 10/25/03)
TFL: 1 at Indiana, 11/8/03
Interceptions: 1, twice (last time vs. Northwestern, 11/22/03)
PBU: 2 at Penn State, 11/2/02
Touchdowns: 1, twice (vs. Illinois State, 9/6/03 [blocked field goal] & vs.
            Purdue, 10/12/02 [kick return])

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS YEAR G ST AT TOT TFL-YDS INT-YDS PBU 2002 8 23 15 38 0-0 1-30 2 2003 12 50 41 91 1.5-1 1-32 2 2004 5 16 11 27 0-0 0-0 0 TOTAL 25 89 67 156 1.5-1 2-62 4