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    Mario Williams

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Richlands, N.C.

    High School:
    Richlands

    Height / Weight:
    6-7 / 290

    Position:
    Defensive End

    Honors:
    2004 First-Team All-ACC


    Overview: A first-team All-ACC performer last season while starting every game at defensive end ... Named the national preseason Defensive Player of the Year by Blue Ribbon College Football ... A first-team Sporting News preseason All-American, that publication lists him as the No. 2 defensive end in the country ... Has tallied 25 career tackles for loss in just two years, the ninth-best ever for a Wolfpack defender ... On the preseason `watch' list for the Lombardi Award.

    In 2004: Notched his first sack of the season in the loss at North Carolina, the fifth game of the season ... After that contest, tallied five more, including three versus Florida State ... Tallied five tackles for loss versus FSU, tying for the second-best mark in school history ... His three sacks in that contest is also the second-best mark in school history ... Led the team with 15 tackles for loss, that mark ties as the sixth-best mark in school history and was the third-highest ever for a Wolfpack sophomore ... Named the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week vs. Maryland, he had six total tackles, including three for loss in that Wolfpack win ... Also named the ACC Player of the Week for his performance versus Florida State, when he tallied five tackles for loss and 10 total tackles ... Co-recipient of the 2004 Cary Brewbaker Award, given to the most valuable defensive lineman ... Also earned the Bob Warrren Award for Integrity and Sportsmanship ... In for 587 snaps last season, the fifth-highest total on the team and the highest for any returning defensive player ... Named the Pack's overall strength and conditioning champion prior to the 2004 season ... Named the squad's Most Dependable defensive lineman following 2005 spring drills, he also won the Most Dominant award on defense.

    In 2003: A freshman All-American choice of The Sporting News, The Football Writers Association, Rivals.com and FootballNews.com ... Started every game at defensive end ... Seventh-leading tackler on the squad, he led all defensive linemen with 56 stops ... Made 13 stops behind the line of scrimmage, including five sacks .. In for a season-high 72 snaps in the win over Clemson ... Had a season-high six tackles against four squads ... Also broke up five passes and had 10 quarterback pressures ... Had six tackles, a sack for a loss of six yards and swatted away a pass against Kansas in the Tangerine Bowl ... Graduated from high school early, he joined the team at the 2003 Gator Bowl ... Named Most Dependable Defensive Lineman following 2004 spring drills ... Also named Defensive King of the Boards, earned the Defensive Leadership Award and was named the Most Dominant player on defense ... Has gained almost 20 pounds since arriving on campus, his 450-pound bench press mark ranked sixth on the 2004 squad, while his 320-pound power clean mark was fourth ... Boasts a body fat percentage of just 6.5 ... Named the Top Newcomer on defense following 2003 spring workouts ... Also the co-recipient of the Most Dependable Defensive Lineman Award that year.

    Prep: Recorded 87 tackles, 13 sacks, 22 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and five blocked kicks as a senior for Coach Kevin Williams ... Also played running back as a senior because of injuries at that position, he rushed for 590 yards and three touchdowns on 58 carries ... Recorded over 100 tackles as a junior ... No. 8 in SuperPrep's Elite 50 overall ... Fifth-best defensive end nationally by BorderWars.com ... Rivals100.com ranks him ninth among defensive ends nationally ... Selected to the 2002 North Carolina Shrine Bowl team where he notched four sacks ... 2002 Associated Press All-State selection ... One of three North Carolina High School players to be named to FoxSN's 2002 Countdown to Signing Day All-South team ... High school number (82) will be retired... Graduated from high school in December and attended the Gator Bowl with the Pack ... A sports management major ... Born 1/31/85.

    2003 Williams Game-by-Game Stats
    Opp.Pl.HitAstTotTFL-YdSk-YdsQPFC/FRPBUQBH
    *W. Carolina355162-31
    *@ W. Forest583362-51-3
    *@ Ohio St.594262-4
    *Texas Tech392131-31-311
    *UNC5602211/0
    *@ GT534153-171-1021
    *Conn530331
    *Clemson722131
    *@ Duke713251
    *Virginia661121
    *@ FSU643141-1
    *Maryland663251-51-51/1
    *$Kansas674261-61-61

    2004 Williams Game-by-Game Stats
    Opp.Pl.HitAstTotTFL-YdSk-YdsQPFC/FRPBU
    *Richmond4721321
    *Ohio State543251
    *@ Va. Tech59325
    *Wake Forest526063-171
    *@UNC535162-91-61
    *@ Maryland445163-131-4
    *Miami6612311
    *@ Clemson51101
    *Georgia Tech524261-24
    *Florida St.61100105-313-292
    *East Carolina484261-101-107

    Williams Career Stats
    YearGP-GSPlHitAstTotTFL-YDSk-YDQPPBUCF
    200313-1375934225613-445-27752
    200411-1158744135715-826-491920
    Totals24-241346783511328-12611-762672

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