A powerful and consistent player over 54 games at Georgia, Williams played in every game this season and led team in special teams tackles (14) ... Made a key play Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland, tipping a punt that ended up only going nine yards, setting up a Bengals TD.
2013 HIGHLIGHTS: Has played in Games 1-16, primarily on special teams ... Led team in special teams tackles (14) and had two stops on defense … Tied for team lead with two special teams tackles Oct. 13 at Buffalo ... Two tackles on defense Oct. 27 vs. N.Y. Jets … Tipped a Spencer Lanning punt Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland, with ball traveling only nine yards, and offense responded with 38-yard TD drive for 14-13 lead ... Also had two special teams tackles … Had two special teams tackles Dec. 1 at San Diego ... Tied for team lead with two special teams stops Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis ... One special teams tackle Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota ... One special teams tackle Dec. 29 vs. Baltimore … Played in all four preseason games, ranking second on the team with 18 tackles.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Cincinnati in third round of 2013 NFL Draft (84th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-24-13.
COACH MARVIN LEWIS SAYS: “Shawn has great physical tools and has been a great leader on Georgia’s defense. He’s an aggressive, aggressive player. He had to do what they asked of him on defense, and their safeties mostly played ‘in the box’ at Georgia, but he’s got great speed and quickness in addition to being physical. He will compete for an opportunity to play (defense) and will for sure upgrade us on special teams.”
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Played four seasons (2009-12) at Georgia ... Played 13 or 14 games each season, and 27 of his 30 starts came in his last two campaigns ... Totaled 209 career tackles, including 170 over his last two seasons, and had 23 special teams stops ... Had four INTs, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. 2012—Ranked second on team with 98 tackles, helping lead Bulldogs to 12-2 season and Capital One Bowl victory over Nebraska ... On his 57 tackles against the running game, rushers averaged only 2.6 yards per carry ... Allowed only 16 completions in 62 passes into his area ... For second straight year, was voted team’s True Grit Award at conclusion of spring practice. 2011—Started 12 games at strong safety and one (Coastal Carolina) at inside LB for Georgia club that finished 10-4 ... Led team in tackles (72) and finished second in INTs (four) ... Two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble ... Blocked a PAT vs. Tennessee. 2010—Sophomore played in 13 games with three starts and earned team’s Most Improved Player award ... Saw most of his action with defense near the end of the season, and was credited with big role in helping team allow average of just 119.5 passing yards over last four games after yielding 208.8 in first nine contests ... Had 34 tackles on defense and 11 on special teams. 2009—Played in 13 games as true freshman, with five tackles on special teams.
WILLIAMS ON WILLIAMS: “I do pride myself on being very physical. That’s the only way I know to play the game — hard and physical. I tried to put fear in the offense I went against. Make them have to account for me all the time. Make the wide receivers and running backs know they were going to get hit. Just try to make a big play.”
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Early County High School in Blakely, Ga., where he played S, WR and LB ... Earned first-team Class AA all-state honors as a senior from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, despite playing on a team that struggled and finished with a 1-9 record ... Lettered in basketball as a power forward and center.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Damascus, Ga. ... Consumer Economics major at Georgia.
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