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  J.D. Williams
J.D. Williams

Player Profile

1st year

Alma Mater:
Fresno State University (1990)

1st Year

Coaching Experience
2006-08 - Washington

Defensive Backs
2002-05 - California
2000-01 - Fresno State
1999 - San Jose State
1998 - Cal Poly
1997 - Fresno State
Graduate Assistant

Bowl Experience
2005 - Las Vegas Bowl
2004 - Holiday Bowl
2003 - Insight Bowl
2001 - Silicon Valley Bowl
2000 - Silicon Valley Bowl

J.D. Williams became Utah's cornerbacks coach in February of 2009 after seven years coaching in the Pac 10.

Williams, in his 13th as a college assistant, also draws on his background as a top-flight player - experience that includes four Super Bowl appearances. His career has been solely dedicated to the secondary, where he roamed as a player and has coached at every stop since his retirement from the NFL.

Most recently, Williams was the defensive backs coach at Washington from 2006-08. He went to Washington after four seasons coaching the secondary at California. The Bears amassed a 33-17 record and played in three bowl games during Williams' stay from 2002-05. In 2005, Cal led the Pac-10 in pass efficiency defense (24th in the nation) and finished second in the league in total defense. In 2004, Cal ranked eighth in the nation in scoring defense and 24th in total defense.

Prior to going to Berkeley, Williams served two seasons as secondary coach at his alma mater, Fresno State, from 2000-01. Fresno State posted an 18-7 record and made back-to-back Silicon Valley Bowl appearances.

He also coached the secondary at Cal Poly in 1998 and San Jose State in 1999. He began his coaching career in 1997 as a Fresno State graduate assistant.

Williams has sent nine players to the NFL: Vernon Fox, Cameron Worrell and James Sanders from Fresno; Nnamdi Asomugha, Matt Giordano and Daymeion Hughes of Cal; and Roy Lewis, CJ Wallace and Dashon Goldson of Washington. He has also coached four first-team all-conference players, including Giordano, a two-time all-Pac 10 defensive back. The others were Fox, Worrell and Hughes.

Recruiting Area
Central and Northern California

Playing Career
Williams was an NFL first-round draft choice out of Fresno State in 1990, going to the Buffalo Bills with the 16th pick and making the 1990 All-Rookie team. He played in four Super Bowls with the Bills and also played for the Cardinals and 49ers. His last NFL season was in 1996. At Fresno State, he was a two-time all-Big West first-team selection and a second-team All-America cornerback as a senior, as well as the defensive MVP of the East-West Shrine. He was also a standout triple jumper and sprinter, winning the 1986 Big West triple jump crown and competing on the conference championship 400-meter relay team that set a school record of 40.18. In 2002, he was inducted into the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame.

Fresno State, 1997
Bachelor's in criminology

Personal Data
Hometown: Coalinga, Calif.
Birthdate: Mar. 30, 1967 (Osceola, Ark.)
Family: Married to the former Jamie Hesch. Four children: Nicole, Kyra, Zoe', David.

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