Ohio State's 2015 senior class has a chance to win its 50th game over a four-year period New Year's Day in the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame. Before kickoff in their final collegiate game, Eleven Warriors will take a brief look back at each player's time in Columbus.
Where he's From
Cam Williams came to Ohio State by way of West Roxbury, Massachusetts — the lone player on the Buckeyes' roster hailing from The Bay State.
Williams was a four-star linebacker out of Catholic Memorial High School, where he was rated as the nation's No. 167 overall recruit and the No. 2 player in Massachusetts. Williams chose Ohio State over offers from Penn State, Michigan, Virginia, Boston College and others.
Williams is the son of Brent Williams, a former 11-year veteran in the NFL who played for New England, Seattle and the New York Jets.
Stuck between a pair of five-star recruits in Curtis Grant and Raekwon McMillan, Williams spent the duration of his career as the backup at the middle linebacker position.
Williams — a 6-foot-1, 225-pounder — has appeared in 53 games throughout his career at Ohio State, contributing mostly on special teams. He has 40 career tackles for the Buckeyes.
This season, when McMillan went down with a head injury in a road game against Indiana, Williams stepped in for the final drive as Ohio State held off the Hoosiers' upset bid. Indiana had a drive late that could have won the game, but ultimately the Buckeyes held on for a 34-27 win.
Overarching Contribution to Program
Urban Meyer is a heavy advocate for his special teams players and he's stated multiple times he trusts Williams as the captain of his punt team. Linebackers coach Luke Fickell has called Williams "invaluable" to his meeting room's success over the last couple of seasons.
Williams is also considered one of Ohio State's smartest players.
"Sometimes I don’t even have to talk to Coach Fick on the sidelines because Cam Williams has broke it down what I just did on the play and how I can play it better," McMillan said this season. "I think those guys are helping me have confidence on the field this year.”
Where he's headed
Williams wants to stay involved in football, but that won't involve playing after his final game in an Ohio State uniform Jan. 1 against Notre Dame.
According to this story from Dave Briggs of the Toledo Blade, his goal is to become the youngest general manager in NFL history.
“I think there is no doubt that he — general manager is a high, high-level position — but I would not bet against him,” Meyer said of Williams.
More CAM WILLIAMS
- Buckeye Sports Bulletin's Ryan Ginn on Williams being trapped between a pair of five-star recruits, yet still impacting Ohio State.
- Catching up with Cam Williams after he committed to Ohio State.