North Dakota State University cornerback Marcus Williams was named to The Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Preseason All-America first team released July 9.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – North Dakota State University cornerback Marcus Williams was named to The Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Preseason All-America first team released July 9.
Williams, a 5-foot-11, 195-pound junior from Minneapolis, Minn. (Hopkins H.S.), has started in all 29 games played during his career and has at least one pass defended in 24 of those contests. He has 11 career interceptions.
A first-team Sports Network/Fathead.com and Associated Press, Williams picked off seven passes and returned two for TDs. He scored four times overall, on a lateral and a kickoff. Williams led the MVFC and ranked 6th in the NCAA FCS in interceptions.
Williams was named as one of 10 FCS Defensive Backs to Watch by The Sports Network, which wrote, "Breaking up isn't hard to do ... at least not for Williams. He had seven interceptions and 15 pass breakups in an electrifying campaign for the FCS national champion Bison last season. A member of The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS All-America first team, Williams scored two touchdowns off his own interceptions, another off an interception-and-lateral from safety Colten Heagle and another off a kickoff return. He also finished the season with 53 tackles."
North Dakota State won the program’s first NCAA Division I Football Championship with a 17-6 win over Sam Houston State on Jan. 7 and also claimed the program's first Missouri Valley Football Conference title. The Bison were 14-1 overall and 7-1 in MVFC.
The Bison open the 2012 season against Robert Morris at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at Gate City Bank Field in the Fargodome.
(KFGO file photo)