Duke Football BIO
48 Deion Williams
2015: Charted as a top reserve at defensive end ... made transition from linebacker to defensive end during spring drills ... in 40 career games (1 start), has 29 tackles ... has eight career games with 2+ tackles including a personal-high seven stops against Navy in 2013 ... has played 632 career snaps ... in the program’s post-spring strength and conditioning evaluation, led the team in the squat lift (535 lbs.) ... on April 4, 2015, represented Duke at the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., by performing the national anthem along with fellow student-athletes Kennedy Collier (Kentucky; women’s soccer), Michelle Dear (Michigan State; women’s soccer) and Vitto Brown (Wisconsin; men’s basketball) prior to the national semifinal game between Duke and Michigan State.
2014: Played in all 13 games ... registered eight tackles ... had 2+ tackles in three games including a season-high four stops against Elon ... had two-tackle outings versus Troy and Kansas ... on the field for 180 snaps.
2013: Academic All-ACC selection ... played in all 14 games with one starting assignment ... earned start against Navy ... recorded 17 tackles and 0.5 tackle for loss ... had a season-high seven tackles in the win over Navy ... had five stops in the victory over Troy ... on the field for 292 snaps.
2012: Played in all 13 games, primarily on special teams ... posted four total tackles including a season-high three against Clemson ... on the field for 160 total snaps.
PRIOR TO DUKE: Three-year letterman at Lutheran under coach Jim Kunau ... listed as the No. 30 inside linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com ... recorded 33 tackles and five quarterback sacks in 2011 ... first team all-conference pick following senior campaign ... served as team captain as a senior ... registered 43 tackles, six tackles for loss and two sacks as a junior ... posted 28 tackles, six tackles for loss and two sacks in sophomore season ... one of six finalists for the Watkins Award, an honor presented annually to the top African-American high school student-athlete in the nation ... also lettered in wrestling and track and field ... on the wrestling mat, won the CIF Coastal Division Championship and advanced to the quarterfinals at the state championships in the 220-pound weight class as a senior ... placed eighth in the county and 32nd in the state in the 220-pound weight class as a junior.
PERSONAL: Son of LaToya Butler ... born September 2, 1994 ... majoring in philosophy while minoring in African/African American studies.