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Maurice Williams


Positives…Emerging talent with impressive initial quickness off the ball...Shows powerful explosion behind his hand punch...Extends his arms properly and sinks his hips in order to consistently lock on and ride his man wide...Has great flexibility and adjustment skills on the move...Shows true aggression as a drive blocker and is very quick to shuffle back to neutralize the edge rush... Plays with good pad-level and is very determined to finish his blocks...Knows how to use his long arms to wall off and seal the defender...Has made great strides in handling double moves and anchors firmly vs. the inside surge...Maintains his balance blocking upfield and has developed a nasty nature as he gained experience.

Negatives…Little late off the snap, at times...Has to improve his arm extension, as he tends to lunge at defenders while keeping his arms short...Aims high, at times, coming out of his stance, causing the speedier edge rushers to slip by...Still raw in his foot movements setting up in pass protection, but has shown steady improvement as a starter.


Late bloomer who emerged as one of the dominating forces in the college game at right tackle in his senior year...Began his Wolverines career as a defensive lineman and also saw action as an offensive guard before being converted to offensive tackle as a junior...Overshadowed by his more heralded linemates, tackle Jeff Backus and guard Steve Hutchinson, but the coaches feel that he is on the verge of reaching his vast potential.


Super Sleeper Team, All-American Dream Team and listed as the most underrated offensive tackle prospect in the collegiate ranks by The NFL Draft Report...Added All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention...Recognized by the coaches for his outstanding play, sharing the Hugh Rader Award, given annually to Michigan's top offensive lineman, with tackle Jeff Backus... Moved into the starting lineup at right tackle, leading the team's down linemen with an average of eight key blocks per game...One of the major reasons for the team's success with their ground game, which averaged 220.2 yards per game during the regular season.

UCLA...Simply steam-rolled over All-Pac 10 defensive end Kenyon Coleman as he led the way on tailback Antony Thomas' 68-yard touchdown jaunt (Coleman was injured on the play and eventually missed the rest of the season), finishing the day with ten knockdowns for an offense that gained 263 yards on the ground.

Illinois...Cut blocked defensive end Fred Wakefield as Drew Henson turned the right corner on a quarterback draw for an 8-yard touchdown run while the team piled up 447 yards.

Indiana...Leveled defensive tackle Paul Mandina to open a path for a 7-yard touchdown run by Thomas as the Wolverines collected 562 yards.

Northwestern...Delivered a roll block on defensive end Dwayne Missouri, giving Henson the protection needed until he hit David Terrell with an 11-yard scoring strike and the team concluded the day with 535 yards.

Ohio State...Showed his impressive lateral agility by racing over to the left side to upend defensive tackle Ryan Pinkett, freeing Henson from an almost sure sack to connect with Terrell on a 32-yard touchdown pass.

Auburn (Citrus Bowl)...Opened a hole used by Thomas for a 25-yard scoring scamper as the team amassed 453 yards in a 31-28 decision.


Played in every game with the second unit at right offensive tackle...Also saw game action at right guard in the Wisconsin contest.


Converted to the offensive line from defensive tackle in the preseason, appearing in five contests...Served behind Jon Jansen at right tackle during the first half of the season, but only performed on the kicking units...Shifted to right guard, appearing on offense vs. Indiana, North- western, Hawaii, Wisconsin and Arkansas (Citrus Bowl).

Indiana...Earned his first career start on offense, joining Jansen to take down defensive end Aaron Williams on a 2-yard touchdown run by Anthony Thomas.

Northwestern...Earned another starting assignment, posting five knockdowns, including one that cleared the way for a 27-yard gain by tailback Justin Fargas.


Received the Maulbetsch Award, given annually to the freshman football player who shows promise for future success on the basis of desire, character, capacity for leadership and future success on and off the field...Played in five games as a reserve defensive end/tackle, seeing action vs. Baylor, Northwestern, Minnesota, Indiana and Penn State.

Indiana...Registered his only tackle for the season, a solo effort.


5.3 in the 40-yard dash...33 3/4-inch arm length...10 ½-inch hands.


Chosen a first-team All-American, and rated the fourth-best offensive tackle prospect in the country by Prep Football Report as a senior at Pershing (Detroit, Mich.) High...Rated the sixth-best offensive lineman in the country by Super Prep...Added Prep Star Dream Team and All-American honors from the National Recruiting Advisor...Rated second overall on the Detroit Free Press' Best of the Midwest list...Ranked as an All-American by Street & Smith's, Gatorade and Reebok during his senior year...Chosen first-team All-USA by USA Today...Named All-City as a junior...Member of the National Honor Society...Three-year starter as a two-way lineman...Made 283 tackles, 47 stops behind the line of scrimmage and 31 sacks during his career...Also forced 31 fumbles and deflected 15 passes over four seasons...Recorded 102 tackles his senior year while making 11 sacks...Had 87 tackles and 10 sacks as a junior...Also lettered four times on the school's volleyball team.


Sports Management and Communications major, enrolled in the Division of Kinesiology...His nickname is "Big Mo"...Born Maurice Carlos Williams on 1/26/79...Resides in Detroit, Michigan.

NOTE...Statistics are from review of game film by our scouting department...SGP-season grade percentage...GM-games played...PLAY-amount of snaps played in...KB-key blocks (pancake/ knockdowns)...TDB-touchdown resulting blocks...DWF-downfield blocks...PRS-pressures allowed...SKA-sacks allowed...High Grade Game-best graded game for the season.

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