JOPLIN -- Missouri Southern senior defensive tackle Brandon Williams was today named the Regional Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-Region player, while freshman fullback Javonte Edwards picked up third-team All-Region honors.
Williams, a 6-3, 325 native of Kirkwood, Mo. was named to four different All-American teams this year, picking up honors from the AP, Daktronics, the AFCA and the Beyond Sports Network.
This year, Williams has been named a first-team selection by both the American Football Coaches Association and the Beyond Sports Network, where he was their national Defensive Player of The Year. He was also the MIAA Defensive Player of the Year and was the Daktronics Region Defensive Player of the Year.
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. 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.
Edwards was third on the team in rushing with 300 yards and an average of 4.3 per carry.