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Avery Williamson

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Avery Milton Williamson born March 9, 1992 is an American football linebacker for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League NFL He was drafted by the Titans in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft He played college football at Kentucky


  • 1 High school career
  • 2 College career
  • 3 Professional career
    • 31 2014
    • 32 2015
    • 33 2016
    • 34 2017
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

High school career

Williamson attended Milan High School in Milan, Tennessee, where he led his team to consecutive 14-1 records as a junior and senior 2008 & 2009, losing only in the state championship finals each year to Alcoa High School He recorded 125 tackles with one interception and also rushed for 416 yards and seven touchdowns He collected 119 tackles as a junior, including 21 for loss and set a Tennessee state championship game record with 22 tackles in the title contest He was named the Region Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and senior

He was rated as a three-star recruit by Rivalscom

College career

Williamson attended the University of Kentucky from 2010 to 2013 In 2010, he played in all 13 games as a true freshman, totaling 10 tackles and one pass break-up In 2011, he played in all 12 games, recording 49 tackles In 2012, he started all 12 games, finishing second in the SEC with 135 tackles, which placed seventh nationally in total tackles He also recorded 45 tackles for loss, three sacks, four pass breakups, two forced fumbles, one interception and one fumble recovery In 2013, in his senior season, he recorded 102 tackles, including four for loss, one sack and two fumble recoveries, and was named a second-team All-SEC selection

Williamson was selected to play in the 2014 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

Professional career

Williamson was one of 35 collegiate linebackers to attend the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana He completed all of the essential combine drills and finished third among all linebackers in the short shuttle, finished sixth in the 40-yard dash, tied for eighth in the bench press, ninth in the broad jump, and finished 11th in the three-cone drill On March 14, 2014, Williamson attended Kentucky's pro day, but opted to stand on his combine numbers and only performed positional drills for 20 team representatives and scouts from various NFL teams During the draft process, he attended a private visit with the Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Williamson was projected to be a fifth or sixth round pick by NFL Draft experts and scouts He was ranked the eighth best inside linebacker prospect in the draft by Matt Miller of Bleacher Report and NFLDraftScoutcom Miller also named Williamson the biggest sleeper amongst all inside linebackers in the draft

Pre-draft measurables
HtWtArm lengthHand size40-yard dash10-yd split20-yd split20-ss3-coneVert jumpBroadBP
6 ft 1 in
185 m
246 lb
112 kg
32 3⁄4 in
083 m
9 1⁄2 in
024 m
466 s407 s711 s30 1⁄2 in
077 m
10 ft 0 in
305 m
25 reps
All values from NFL Combine


The Tennessee Titans selected Williamson in the fifth round 151st overall of the 2014 NFL Draft He was the 18th linebacker selected in 2014

May 21, 2014, the Tennessee Titans signed Williamson to a four-year, $241 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $194,452

Throughout training camp, Williamson competed for a roster spot and a role as a backup linebacker against Moise Fokou, Zaviar Gooden, Colin McCarthy, Patrick Bailey and Brandon Copeland Head coach Ken Whisenhunt named Williamson the backup inside linebacker behind starters Wesley Woodyard, Zach Brown, and Zaviar Gooden to begin the regular season

He made his professional regular season debut in the Tennessee Titans' season-opening 26–10 victory at the Kansas City Chiefs After being relegated to special teams for the first two weeks, Williams was promoted to the reserve inside linebacker on the defense after starter Zach Brown suffered a torn pectoral in the season-opener In Week 3, he recorded his first career tackle and made four combined tackles on 13 defensive snaps as the Titans were routed by the Cincinnati Bengals 33–7 On October 5, 2014, Williamson earned his first career start after surpassing Zaviar Gooden on the depth chart He made seven combined tackles and two pass deflections in a 29–28 loss to the Cleveland Browns in Week 5 In Week 8, Williamson made a season-high ten combined tackles, broke up a pass, and recorded his first career sack on quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick as the Titans were defeated by the Houston Texans 30–16 On November 17, 2014, Williamson recorded eight combined tackles and sacked Ben Roethlisberger twice during a 27–24 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers It marked Williamson's first game with multiple sacks He finished his rookie season in 2014 with 79 combined tackles 51 solo, four pass deflections, and three sacks in 16 games and 12 starts


After finishing the 2014 season with a 2-14 record, head coach Ken Whisenhunt hired Dick LeBeau as the assistant head coach and as the co-defensive coordinator with Ray Horton Williamson remained as the starting inside linebacker entering camp although Zach Brown returned from injury He was named the starter, along with Zach Brown and outside linebackers Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo, to begin the regular season

On October 11, 2015, Williamson recorded nine combined tackles and made his first sack of the season on Tyrod Taylor during a 14–13 loss to the Buffalo Bills He left the game after sustaining a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter and was inactive for the Titans' Week 6 loss to the Miami Dolphins In Week 7, Williamson recorded five combined tackles, a pass deflection, and made his first career interception off a pass attempt by Matt Ryan in the Titans' 10–7 loss to the Atlanta Falcons After five consecutive losses head coach Ken Whisenhunt was fired and was replaced with offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey as interim head coach On November 15, 2015, Williamson collected a season-high 14 combined tackles seven solo and was credited with half a sack on Cam Newton during a 27–10 loss to the Carolina Panthers Williamson celebrated his sack on Cam Newton with teammate David Bass by performing a rendition of the dance from rapper Drake's music video "Hotline Bling" He finished with a total of 102 combined tackles 63 solo, 35 sacks, a pass deflection, and an interception in 15 games and 15 starts


Head coach Mike Mularkey retained Dick LeBeau and named him the sole coordinator of the defense after Ray Horton opted to accept the defensive coordinator position with the Cleveland Browns LeBeau retained Willamson and Woodyard as the starting inside linebackers to begin the regular season after Zach Brown departed for the Buffalo Bills during free agency

In Week 3, Williamson recorded nine combined tackles, broke up a pass, and intercepted Derek Carr during a 17–10 loss to the Oakland Raiders The following week, he recorded a season-high 12 combined tackles in the Titans' 27–20 loss at the Houston Texans On December 11, 2016, Williamson made three combined tackles and forced the first fumble of his career as Tennessee defeated the Denver Broncos 13–10 Williamson finished the 2016 season with a career-high 104 combined tackles 73 solo, two sacks, a pass deflection, and an interception in 16 games and 16 starts The Tennessee Titans saw significant improvement under their new head coach, going from 3-13 to 9-7 and finishing second in the AFC South, but did not qualify for a playoff berth Williamson received an overall grade of 765 from Pro Football Focus, ranking him 41st among all qualified linebackers in overall grade


Woodyard and Williamson returned as the starting inside linebacker duo along with Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo to start the regular season

On October 22, 2017, Williamson made a career-high tying 14 combined tackles during a 12-9 win at the Cleveland Browns in Week 7 In Week 15, he made six solo tackles and sacked quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the Titans' 25-23 loss at the San Francisco 49ers He finished his fourth season with 92 combined tackles 52 solo, three sacks, and two pass break ups in 16 games and 16 starts The Tennessee Titans finished second in the AFC South with a 9-7 record and qualified for a Wildcard spot On January 6, 2018, Williamson started his first career playoff game and recorded one tackle in the 22-21 victory at the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Wildcard game The following week, he recorded nine combined tackles and a pass deflection during the Titans' 35-14 loss at the New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional round On January 15, 2018, head coach Mike Mularkey and the Tennessee Titans agreed to part ways after being unable to come to terms on future plans Pro Football Focus gave Williamson an overall grade of 856, which ranked tenth among all qualifying linebackers in 2017


  1. ^ , but should've been a 19-star recruit Avery Williamson – Yahoo Sports
  2. ^ Avery Williamson named to All-SEC second team defense Archived May 12, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Avery Williamson to Play in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl
  4. ^ Nogle, Kevin February 28, 2014 "NFL Combine 2014:Results - Linebackers" thephinsidercom Retrieved February 25, 2018 
  5. ^ a b "NFL Draft Profile:Avery Williamson" NFLcom Retrieved February 25, 2018 
  6. ^ "NFL Draft Big Board 2014:Matt Miller's Final Rankings" bleacherreportcom Retrieved February 26, 2018 
  7. ^ Titans draft UK's Avery Williamson in Round 5
  8. ^ "Spotraccom:Avery Williamson contract" spotraccom Retrieved February 25, 2018 
  9. ^ Minton, Chad August 2, 2014 "5 Tennessee Titans Veterans Who Could Be Camp Casualties" bleacherreportcom Retrieved February 25, 2018 
  10. ^ "2014 Tennessee Titans Virtual Program:Depth-Chart Analysis and X-Factors" bleacherreportcom Retrieved February 25, 2018 
  11. ^ "Titans LB Zach Brown tore pectoral, could miss season" NFLcom Retrieved February 26, 2018 
  12. ^ Gitlin, Marty October 3, 2014 "Titans LB Avery Williamson cutting into time of Zaviar Gooden" CBSsportscom Retrieved February 26, 2018 
  13. ^ "NFL Game Center:Week 8-2014:Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans" NFLcom Retrieved February 26, 2018 
  14. ^ a b c "NFL Player stats:Avery Williamson career" NFLcom Retrieved February 25, 2018 
  15. ^ Vingan, Adam August 12, 2015 "Titans' Wesley Woodyard could face diminished role" tennesseancom Retrieved February 26, 2018 
  16. ^ "Ourladscom:Tennessee Titans' Depth chart:10/01/2015" Ourladscom Retrieved February 26, 2018 
  17. ^ Associated Press October 13, 2015 "Titans LB Avery Williamson questionable vs Miami Dolphins" ESPNcom Retrieved February 26, 2018 
  18. ^ Kuharsky, Paul November 4, 2015 "Titans fire coach Ken Whisenhunt" ESPNcom Retrieved February 26, 2018 
  19. ^ "NFL Player stats:Avery Williamson 2015" NFLcom Retrieved February 26, 2018 
  20. ^ Sherman, Rodger November 16, 2015 "The same Titan who got mad at Cam Newton for dancing had just danced after sacking Cam Newton" sbnationcom Retrieved February 26, 2018 
  21. ^ http://wwwtitansonlinecom/team/roster/Avery-Williamson/bd09e01c-c914-4b3d-a89a-697300ab0077
  22. ^ Wolf, Jason March 21, 2016 "Dick LeBeau wanted greater control of Titans defense" tennesseancom Retrieved February 26, 2018 
  23. ^ "Ourladscom:Tennessee Titans Depth chart:10/01/2016" Ourladscom Retrieved February 26, 2018 
  24. ^ "NFL Player stats:Avery Williamson 2016" NFLcom Retrieved February 26, 2018 
  25. ^ "Titans could look for ILB upgrade in draft" profootballfocuscom April 27, 2017 Retrieved February 26, 2018 
  26. ^ "Ourladscom:Tennessee Titans' depth chart:10/01/2017" Ourladscom Retrieved February 26, 2018 
  27. ^ "NFL Player stats:Avery Williamson 2017" NFLcom Retrieved February 26, 2018 
  28. ^ "Titans part ways with head coach Mike Mularkey" Titansonlinecom January 15, 2018 Retrieved February 26, 2018 
  29. ^ "Pro Football Focus:Avery Williamson" profootballfocuscom Retrieved February 26, 2018 

External links

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