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#23 Xavior Williams

Height 5-11
Weight 190 lbs.
Class Sr.
Hometown Burlington, Iowa
High School Notre Dame
Previous School Northern Iowa

Hawk Item – – Graduate transfer who joined the program after previously attending Northern Iowa . . . one of two players ever at Northern Iowa to record both a fumble return touchdown and interception return touchdown.

 

2019 Honors – – Named first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference . . . 2019 – – Played in all 15 games, recording 26 solo tackles and 24 assists, with 13 pass break-ups, two fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown) and one interception . . . two solo stops and one assist at Iowa State, with one kickoff return for 17 yards and a 53-yard fumble return for a touchdown . . . one solo tackle and one assist vs. Southern Utah . . . one assist vs. Idaho State . . . eight tackles at Weber State, including five solo stops and three assists, along with one punt return for 15 yards . . . two assists vs. Youngstown State  . . . three solo stops and two assists at North Dakota State . . . two solo stops and one assist vs. South Dakota . . . six tackles at Missouri State, including two solo stops and four assists . . . also four punt returns for 51 yards . . . two solo tackles and one assist at Illinois State . . . two solo tackles and two assists vs. Indiana State, along with three punt returns for 41 yards . . . three tackles at South Dakota, including two solo stops . . . three solo tackles and one assist vs. Western Illinois . . . two solo tackles vs. San Diego, along with two kickoff returns for 37 yards . . . two assists at South Dakota State . . . two assists vs. James Madison.

 

2018 Honors – – Named first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference . . . 2018 – – Played in 11 games with 10 starts . . . recorded 42 total tackles, including 29 solo tackles, and four interceptions and one touchdown . . . seven tackles at Montana, including three solo stops and four assists . . . three solo tackles and one assist at Iowa . . . one solo tackle and one assist vs. Hampton . . . two solo stops and one assist at Indiana State . . . six tackles vs. North Dakota State, including three solo stops and three assists . . . also had five kickoff returns for 124 yards vs. NDSU . . . four solo tackles at South Dakota . . . three solo tackles and one assist vs. South Dakota State, along with an interception return for a touchdown . . . one solo tackle and one assist at Western Illinois . . . seven tackles vs. Illinois State, including six solo stops and one assist . . . three solo tackles at Youngstown State, along with three kickoff returns for 93 yards.

 

2017 Honors – – Named Freshman All-America by HERO (first team) and Phil Steele (second) . . . 2017 – – Played in all 13 games, starting eight times at cornerback . . . collected 30 tackles, including 25 solo stops and five assists . . . also recorded four interceptions and eight pass break ups, to  rank second on the team in both categories . . . one solo tackle and one assist at Iowa State . . . one solo tackle vs. Cal Poly . . . three solo tackles at Southern Utah . . . three solo stops at South Dakota State . . . three solo tackles and one assist vs. Youngstown State . . . two solo tackles at North Dakota State, along with four kickoff returns for 99 yards . . . two kickoff returns for 36 yards vs. Western Illinois . . . recorded career-high six solo total tackles vs. South Dakota, with three kickoff returns for 72 yards . . . one solo tackle and two assists vs. Indiana State . . . two solo tackles vs. Monmouth . . . four tackles at South Dakota State, including three solo stops and one assist, along with five kickoff returns for 109 yards . . . recorded an interception against South Dakota (11/4), Missouri State (11/11), Indiana State (11/18) and Monmouth (11/25) to mark the first freshman to earn four-straight games with an interception.

2016 – – Redshirted.

High school honors – – Named to Des Moines Register Elite All-State team as a senior . . . named first-team all-state as a junior and senior . . . Career – – Earned three letters as an offensive lineman as prep  . . . helped team reach state playoffs three straight seasons while posting 20-10 overall record . . . as a senior had two rushing attempts for 38 yards and one touchdown . . . team captain as a senior.

Personal – – Born 1/16/03 . . . sports and recreational management major . . . parents are Susy and Jeff Colby . . . high school coach was Brian White.

Career Defensive Bests
Tackles:   at Weber State, 9/28/19
Solos:  6 vs. South Dakota, 11/4/17
Assists:  4, twice, last at Missouri State, 10/26/19
Tackles for Loss:  1 at South Dakota, 10/13/18
Interceptions:  1, eight times, last at James Madison, 12/13/19
Touchdowns:  1 vs. South Dakota State, 10/20/18
Long:  61, at Youngstown State, 11/10/18
Recovered Fumble:  1, twice, last at Illinois State, 11/2/19
Touchdowns:  1 at Iowa State, 8/31/19
Long:  53 at Iowa State, 8/31/19
Pass Break-Ups:  4 vs. Idaho State, 9/21/19

Career Kickoff Return Bests
Number:                          5, twice, last at North Dakota State, 10/6/18
Yards:                               124 at North Dakota State, 10/6/18
Long:                                55 at Youngstown State, 11/10/18

Career Punt Return Bests
Number:                          4, twice, last at Missouri State, 10/26/19
Yards:                               51 at Missouri State, 10/26/19
Long:                                28 vs. Indiana State, 11/9/20