Originally published Feb. 5, 2009 in the Omaha World-Herald
• Did you know?Williams tore his ACL in Abilene High School's final regular season game without even delivering a hit. He was trying to run down a ball carrier when the fluke injury occurred. But Williams, already working without crutches or a brace, is in the middle of the rehab process and hopes to be fully recovered by summer.
• Coachspeak: "Chris just brings that defensive mentality to the field. There's some guys who have that and that's hard to teach. But that intensity, that explosive power that he has, he's just kind of a highlight reel waiting to happen." - Abilene High School coach Steve Warren
• The gurus say: Rivals.com lists the hard-hitting Williams as the No. 22 player on the Texas preseason top 100 list and a four-star recruit. He's the 25th-best middle linebacker nationally, according to Scout.com.
• About Williams: As a junior, Williams was named Texas' Class 5A defensive player of the year when he made 90 tackles and recorded 13 sacks. The numbers were down this season, Warren said, mainly because of limited playing time due to blowouts and the season-ending injury. However, Williams was still selected as a Parade All-American, one of 58 players nationally to earn the award. Almost every regional college football powerhouse - including LSU, Alabama and Oklahoma - courted Williams at some point.
• Our take: Williams joins Nebraska at a good time, considering the Huskers were without threatening athleticism at linebacker for much of the 2008 season. Even though depth was a concern at the position, Williams won't be forced into the rotation if only because Nebraska often counters the pass-happy Big 12 offenses by adding more defensive backs and removing linebackers.
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