JOPLIN -- Missouri Southern senior defensive tackle Brandon Williams has been named the Central Region Defensive Player of the Year, as well as a first-team All-Region selection as the sports information directors announced their All-Region teams today, sponsored by Daktronics.
Williams, 6-3/325, was named the MIAA Defensive Player of the Year this year, while also being the only player on defense to be a unanimous selection. He was one of six MIAA defenders on the All-Region team and was one of 14 total MIAA players to make the list. He was the top vote getter at his position. Williams will now go on the All-American ballot.
Williams became the all-time sacks leader for the school and finished with 27 in his career at Missouri Southern. He had at least a half sack in all but three games this year and had a tackle for a loss in all but one game this year. He finished the season second on the team with 68 tackles, 31 solo, including 16.5 for a loss of 58 yards. He had 8.5 sacks for a loss of 39 yards, two pass break ups, eight quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles and one safety on the season and finished third in the MIAA in sacks and tackles for a loss, while ranking second in forced fumbles.
In 2010, he was named an All-American by three different organizations, after leading the team with nine sacks and 17 TFL, while last year, he was a unanimous All-MIAA selection, as well as being named to multiple All-Region and All-American teams A preseason All-American this season, Williams is listed as one of the top Division II NFL Draft prospects by multiple organizations and has been named to the Senior Bowl watch list.
Williams has been a multiple All-American pick over his four years at Southern and looks to be the highest-drafted player to come out of MSSU.