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OLB Tim Williams to return to Alabama in 2016

Cedric Mason- Touchdown Alabama Magazine

Alabama will return one of its young, yet emerging stars on defense to the fold next season in outside linebacker Tim Williams. Williams, a native of Baton Rouge, La., has been exceptional on the edge as a situational pass rusher. He stands second behind defensive end Jonathan Allen (10 sacks) with 9.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss.

Early struggles frustrated Williams to start the year, but he gathered himself under the leadership of outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi.

His reign of terror against opposing quarterbacks started during week four of the college football season against Louisiana-Monroe. Williams said per Ryan Fowler of Tide 99.1 (The Game) that “he plans to return to Alabama in 2016 for his senior year.”

Former Crimson Tide standouts C.J. Mosley, Reggie Ragland, Jarran Reed and even Derrick Thomas traveled this path. All four individuals performed well as juniors, but decided to return in order to make a bigger name.

Williams will be one of multiple defensive captains next season for Alabama.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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