Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2015)
Aaron Williams bounced back from an offseason injury to play in all 12 games as a senior, starting the final 11 contests. has appeared in every game this season. He led the Husker secondary and ranked third on the team with a career-high 70 tackles. Williams had nine games with five or more tackles, helping him to become the sixth Nebraska defensive back to total 200 career tackles. Williams also intercepted one pass, had four pass breakups, one fumble and three tackles for loss.
Williams began his senior season with eight tackles off the bench against Colorado. He returned to the starting lineup against Troy, making his 23rd career start and finishing with five tackles and a pass breakup. At No. 19 Michigan, Williams registered four tackles. He tied his then-season high with eight tackles against Purdue and added six tackles and a pass breakup at No. 16 Wisconsin. Williams tied his career high with 12 tackles at Northwestern, including 10 solo stops, marking the first time in 26 games dating back to 2016 that a Husker had recorded 10 or more solo tackles in a game. Williams added six more tackles the next week against Minnesota and tied his career high with two pass breakups vs. the Gophers. Williams made six tackles at No. 8 Ohio State, including a career-high two TFLs. The next week, Williams intercepted his first pass of the season in the Huskers' win against Illinois. The next week against Michigan State, Williams had seven tackles and one TFL in the Huskers' win. Williams ended his career with six tackles - all solo stops - at Iowa, when the Huskers held the Hawkeyes to 153 passing yards.
Williams dealt with injuries during his junior campaign, as he was limited to nine games. Despite the injuries, Williams was still one of the most productive members of the Husker secondary. His 48 tackles ranked fourth on the team and were the most by any defensive back. Williams also tied for the team lead with two interceptions and his three total takeaways led the Huskers. Williams accounted for Nebraska’s only defensive touchdown of the season, returning an interception 14 yards for a game-tying touchdown in the third quarter against No. 9 Wisconsin. He had at least five tackles in five of his nine games, including a pair of double-figure efforts.
Williams had six tackles and a pass breakup in the season opener against Arkansas State before shining in a career performance at Oregon. Against the Ducks, Williams recorded a career-high 12 tackles, while also recovering his first career fumble and intercepting his fourth career pass. He had five tackles and his only tackle for loss the next week against Northern Illinois. Williams tallied at least five tackles for the fourth time in five games with a five-tackle performance at Illinois and then had 11 tackles, including a career-high eight solo stops against No. 9 Wisconsin. Williams also intercepted a pass against the Badgers and returned it for his first career touchdown. An injury forced Williams to miss three of the next four games, but he returned to record four solo tackles at No. 13 Penn State and three solo stops against Iowa.
Williams was one of three safeties who were regulars in the starting lineup. Williams played in all 13 games with 11 starts and shared time at one safety spot with Kieron Williams. Aaron Williams was also the Huskers’ primary nickel back in sub packages. He finished with 62 tackles, including 32 solo stops. He added six tackles for loss, two sacks and tied for third on the team with three interceptions.
Williams had at least five tackles six times. He opened the year with five tackles and a tackle for loss against Fresno State, then recorded his first career interception against Wyoming. Williams had seven tackles and a tackle for loss at Northwestern, and he intercepted a pass to end a third-quarter Wildcat scoring threat. Williams had a 13-yard sack at Indiana and sealed the Husker win with a fourth-quarter interception.
Williams had five tackles at Wisconsin and made eight stops at Ohio State. He recored a career-high 11 tackles with a tackle for loss against Minnesota. In the home finale against Maryland he recorded his second sack of 2016 and had a career-high two breakups. He closed the year with seven tackles and a tackle for loss against Tennessee.
Williams was a key contributor on defense and special teams as a true freshman. He played in all 13 games, including starts against BYU, Purdue and UCLA. Williams made 24 tackles, including 17 solo stops, and had three tackles for loss.
Williams had six tackles against BYU when he became just the fifth NU true freshman since World War II to start a season opener. Williams made three solo stops at Illinois and had a season-high seven tackles at Purdue when he started in place of senior Byerson Cockrell. Williams started at nickel back against UCLA and had three tackles and a tackle for loss.
Before Nebraska (Carver HS)
As a senior, Williams helped Carver High School to an 8-3 record and a trip to the Class AAAAA state playoffs. Williams was a dominant player in the secondary for Coach Darren Myles, racking up 148 tackles, including 101 solo stops. Williams also had 10 tackles for loss, six breakups and an interception. Williams was also an explosive threat on offense, catching 13 passes for 283 yards, an average of 21.8 yards per catch, and he ran for 116 yards on 15 carries. Williams was a first-team Class AAAAA all-state selection for his play in 2014.
Williams earned first-team all-region honors each of his four years at Carver High and was also a first-team all-state pick by the Atlanta Journal Constitution in 2013. In his junior season, he helped Carver reach the Class AAAAA playoffs by racking up 109 solo stops. He added six interceptions and four pass breakups.
Williams was regarded as one of the top 75 prospects in Georgia and was ranked among the top 30 safeties in the country by 247 Sports. Williams was selected to play in the Rising Senior Bowl in January of 2014, featuring the top 101 college prospects in the state.
Williams committed to Nebraska in May of 2014 after considering offers from Kansas State, Mississippi State, Cincinnati and Purdue, among others
The son of Ernest and Felicia Williams, Aaron was born on Jan. 1, 1997. He earned his bachelor's degree as a communication studies major at Nebraska in December of 2018. He claimed a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the spring 2015 semester. He has volunteered his time with the Nebraska Football Road Race, Husker Heroes and local hospital visits.