Kansas Football Adds Defensive End Josh Williams

March 26, 2012

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas football head coach Charlie Weis continues to revamp the Jayhawk defensive line as he announced the signing of former Nebraska defensive end Josh Williams here Monday afternoon. Williams, who has completed his degree at Nebraska and signed a grant-in-aid, will transfer to Kansas in June and be eligible to play his senior season of football with the Jayhawks in 2012.

After redshirting his freshman season, Williams saw action in 29 games on the Cornhuskers defensive line. A 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive end, Williams played in three games during his redshirt freshman season and then played in all 13 games for Nebraska in both the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

Williams, who started two games in 2011, collected 27 tackles during his time in Lincoln. He had three quarterback hurries, one TFL, one forced fumble and one blocked kick during his three seasons at Nebraska.

Williams, is a 2008 graduate of Ryan High School in Denton, Texas, where he was coached by Joey Florence. Williams made 75 tackles, including 25 TFLs and 12 sacks as a senior. He earned first-team Class 4A all-district honors in both 2006 and 2007. He was regarded as one of the top defensive ends in the country by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com coming out of high school. He was listed as the No. 19 prospect by the Dallas Morning News in its Area 100, while Rivals.com listed him among the top 50 players in Texas in the 2008 recruiting rankings.

Williams, the son of Rose Williams, earned his degree in business administration from Nebraska in Dec. 2011. He is the fourth player to transfer to Kansas since Weis took over the reins of the program, joining Dayne Crist (QB, Notre Dame), Jake Heaps (QB, BYU) and Justin McCay (WR, Oklahoma).